A couple of weeks ago Hubby Tony came home from his trip to the the grocery store with a story. While there, he had talked to the owners of a gym that's getting ready to open a couple of miles from the house. Based on what he learned, he signed up as a "founding member" (getting the benefits of the cheapest membership, but not paying anything until they actually start business). He told me that he liked the gym's claims of a limited number of people in each class, enforced proper social distancing, and the thorough cleaning of the area after each group leaves.
Before the gym opens they are holding free public classes (some in a park, others in a mall before the opening hour). Each time Tony gets information about a class he forwards it to me. I attend whenever one of the class times jives with my schedule.
It feels great to do something physical other than walking! So far I've only been to the outdoor classes, There's room to spread out, and no recirculated air to breathe. The largest group has been six people. Everyone does a great job of keeping their distance from each other, and if necessary the instructor uses a sound system so they don't have to yell.
I've participated in both early morning and early evening sessions. Each is unique in its own way. In the morning the class is more likely to be held under a pavilion, because of early-morning dew on the grass. In the evening there's more activity in the park, and you can hear the marching band practice music from a high school a couple of miles away.
Based on my small sample I'm inclined to sign up for a gym membership too. The commitment is month to month, so the worst that will happen is that I will go once, decide it's not a safe environment, and lose a little bit of money.
Five years ago today: Ten Minutes At A Time