ON Businesses at home: Keeping Active

Now, more than ever, it’s important for us to do things that help us to cope and maintain good mental health.

Staying active is an important part of looking after your mental health, and thankfully there are still a range of local ways you can exercise – and reduce stress – despite the social distancing restrictions.

“Physical movement, be it yoga, going for a jog, a walk on the beach, any exercise that keeps your mind focused on the activity, is healthier for the mind and body than getting lost in the COVID-19 black hole,” says Jem, owner of Old Noarlunga-based yoga studio, Yoga with Jem.

Businesses like Jem’s that offer in-person classes have been hit by the government’s strict social distancing rules, forcing many studios, gyms and personal trainers to get creative and begin broadcasting online classes to lounge rooms across the south and beyond.

“Students have been very supportive and understanding with transitioning our classes online. We’re all helping each other out and adapting together, which has been a nice way to have social connections...Taking classes online has created an even wider range of community. I have friends from back home in Canada joining me or students that have moved interstate or closer to the city joining. It makes me so grateful they can access their practice, and to be able to just say hi to them is so sweet."

Looking for more local businesses and council programs offering online classes? Peruse the list below and get your body moving.

Gyms, fitness centres and health clubs:

Yoga:

Boxing and pilates:

Tai Chi:

Self defence and martial arts:


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