The health benefits of human connection

The health benefits of human connection

The fitness industry responded to the 2020 pandemic with virtual training options for those staying at home. Some gyms have evolved into a hybrid model, serving both at-home and in-person members with a mix of virtual classes or training and more traditional exercise options. As we begin to emerge from nationwide lockdowns and widespread gym closures, however, the power of real, in-person human connection and its positive effects on our health are more important than ever.

A 2017 National Institutes of Health study found that creating healthy lifestyle habits is much easier for those who have a support system. At Mercy Fitness Center, our fitness specialists and instructors facilitate the power of human connection to motivate, encourage, and inspire our members.

Researchers have found that human connection and regular social interactions also help us:

  1. Maintain a healthy BMI
  2. Control blood sugars
  3. Improve cancer survival rates and cardiovascular health
  4. Decrease the incidence of depression
  5. Overcome the negative effects of PTSD
  6. Manage stress
  7. Eat well
  8. Quit smoking and limit alcohol use
  9. Maintain regular exercise routines

Get social and stay safe at Mercy Fitness Center

We’re noticing more of our members coming back to the fitness center as they become more comfortable with the idea of being around others. For some, it’s because they’ve received COVID-19 vaccines. For others, it’s because they recognize their own need for human interaction. Working out at home is a great option for those who aren’t yet ready to return to the fitness center, but when you are ready, here’s what we’re doing so that you can enjoy the social connection and support of your fitness center community while minimizing risk and staying healthy.

Health screenings

Mercy Clinic screens all those who enter the I-35 campus, including fitness center members and staff, for symptoms of illness. Allow a few extra minutes for screening questions and a temperature check when coming to the fitness center.

Group exercise classes

Check the group exercise schedule for class time and location before you come. Our schedule changes as members attend more classes so that we can allow plenty of space and time for cleaning. Bring an exercise mat and hand towel if you need them for your workout.

Personal training

One of the best ways to find the support and motivation you’ve been craving is to sign up with one of our fitness specialists for individual training sessions. Mercy Fitness Center employs trainers and coaches with impressive education and certification credentials, many of whom specialize in serving those with specific needs. If you’re recovering from an injury, want to train in the water, or you’re just concerned with healthy aging and maintaining strength and balance, you have those options and more. Find the trainer whose background and certifications best fit your needs. Our specialists have one goal: keeping you healthy.

Advanced Adult Training

For those who miss the camaraderie and challenge of more intense, goal-focused training, our Advanced Adult Training classes offer a small-group option that combines personal training and performance classes. The small groups meet in our spacious Sports Performance facility, where there’s plenty of room for social distancing while gaining the benefits of working out with others.

Exercise on the fitness floor

All exercise equipment at Mercy Fitness Center is set up for social distancing and cleaned by staff and members. We ask all members to use the cleaning supplies provided before and after every use of our cardio machines and weights. You’ll notice environmental services staff, instructors, and fitness specialists walking the fitness floor and cleaning equipment and high-touch surfaces during all business hours. Even while they’re cleaning, our trainers welcome your questions and are happy to help our members have the best possible workout experience. Give them a smile, and you’ll get one in return!

These health and safety protocols and more information are available on the regularly updated Mercy Fitness Center Reopening FAQ page on our website. When you’re ready to return to the fitness center and experience firsthand the valuable benefits of community and human connection, if you’d like to invite a friend to join you for a workout using our trial membership option, or if you just want to learn more about joining Edmond’s cleanest and safest fitness center, visit our Membership page or call (405) 896-9200.

We look forward to seeing you at the fitness center!