Expert answers to your health and wellness questions – Argus Leader

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Jayme Smid, Fitness column Published 8:57 p.m. CT Aug. 13, 2020

Jayme Smid(Photo: Jill Meier/Brandon Valley Challenger)

Question: Im trying to keep myself healthy and lose some unwanted weight, but isnt it risky to workout at a gym right now?

Answer: Great question! We are hearing a lot of concern (and rightfully so as its important to be cautious when it comes to exposing ourselves to germs) but studies are showing that gyms and health clubs are an overall healthy place to be! We are fortunate as we are one business that has always required members to sanitize their surroundings before and after use (so cleaning around the clock is not new to us!). What we are finding as an industry is that we can help our members boost their immune system, drop the unwanted pounds, and maintain andbuild muscle mass all while staying safe and healthy. A study by Nutrisystem recently revealed that 68% of Americans have gained 16 pounds or more since March 2020. Another study by FitBit shows that daily activity/exercise is down over 20%. Unfortunately, these statistics are worrisome for our nation. As a fitness professional, I know the biggest ways to boost an immune system are by regular exercise, a healthy diet, andproper sleep. A combination of those 3 items (in my opinion) is your best bet at avoiding and/or beating coronavirus! So, I would encourage you to take a look at your routine. How can you better fit in exercise, what changes can you begin to make to your diet, and how can you get a few extra zzzs? If you are needing some extra help and accountability, reach out to your local gym, find an accountability buddy, or set some new goals. It is more important than ever before to put our health first!

Jayme Smid is the club manager at Anytime Fitness in Brandon. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at

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