Tulsa Fitness Systems fights Coronavirus through health, exercise
As businesses across the state are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tulsa Fitness Systems is taking steps to ensure their clients stay healthy.
Tulsa Fitness Systems’ Founder and Owner Clint Howard said obesity is one of the highest predictors of people dying from the Coronavirus.
“It makes sense because people that are obese have weakened immune systems,” Howard said. “We are exposed to viruses all the time. There are germs everywhere. It’s not the fact that we are exposed to these viruses, just most of the time, our bodies are strong enough to fight them off.”
Howard and his staff have been working daily to try and make sure their clients at Tulsa Fitness Systems have the opportunity to still get trained throughout the week.
Daily workouts Monday through Friday run at 5:30, 6:30, 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
TFS is keeping those same times, but they are utilizing Zoom to do live workouts, which allows their clients to tune in live or watch a recorded video and do the workouts when they choose to during the day.
“People have to be healthy right now,” Howard said. “We are in a war with this virus. We have to be able to fight it off if we are exposed to it. We can’t be isolated forever. It is so important to be healthy right now. We need to be eating right, getting plenty of sleep and exercising. Now more than ever, if you want to live a longer and healthier life, these are things you need to be doing.”
Howard said his top priority right now is sharing information with people and giving tips on how to keep their immune systems strong and to stay healthy.
“Now is more important than ever that people need to be exercising to not only be able to fight off illness, but because people are stuck at home, they are eating and drinking more and not moving around as much,” Howard said. “The stress of this situation is causing people to eat more and if you become unhealthier as a result of that, you have a better chance of getting sick.”
Tulsa Fitness Systems is also allowing its clients to rent equipment, so they can do the workouts from home. Clients can either come by and pick up equipment they need, or they can have it delivered to their home.
“The workouts are obviously a big part of it for sure, but we want to make sure we are checking in with people and making sure they are okay,” Howard said. “What we are doing gives our clients a way to connect with others rather than just doing it on their own. That is just as important as the workout itself. People haven’t been able to get out and interact with others, so giving them that opportunity is important.”
Howard said the live video workouts are going well and their clients are thankful for what TFS is doing.
“Life is not about what happens, but about how you respond to what happens,” Howard said. “It’s about getting up and staying positive. We are going to come out of this stronger than we were. These are times when people learn and grow. You can’t let this derail you. You can’t just sit at home and watch Netflix. You need to do something productive.”
Howard said having a positive mindset throughout this time could be the difference in succeeding through it or failing.
“Be thankful for what you do have and that you have this life to live,” Howard said. “There are millions of people in the world that would love to have our problems. Mindset is everything. Make sure to find some time in the day where you can meditate and clear your mind of all negative thoughts. We will get through this together.”
If people are interested in signing up with Tulsa Fitness Systems, they can do so by calling 918-296-7418.