HAMILTON, NJ --  For many, going for a work out or a taking fitness class is part of a daily routine which is is relucatntly being interrupted because of the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). To help local residents keep physically active while staying at home as efforts continue to halt the spread fo the pandemic, the Hamilton area YMCA is bringing fitness classes into homes through virtual workouts.  

 Last week the YMCA began emailing YouTube video workouts to its membership and posting them on Facebook as people began to practice "social distancing." The free, daily full-length fitness classes vary in duration and can be modified to be low-impact, or even done with children which keeps the whole family active. Classes vary from yoga to body sculpt to zumba.  

Denise Wyers, spokesperson for the Hamilton area YMCA, said that their fitness classes and gyms are a social gathering space and that these videos help keep our members connected, albeit virtually. 

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"We have previously offered virtual workouts as part of a work-site wellness program. We resurrected the program to service a wide-array of individuals, including seniors, to keep people active," said Wyers.  "Offering this program is part of the YMCA mission which includes social responsibility and healthy living." 

Wyers said that these workouts go beyond a physical benefit. 

"Exercise is a great stress reliever.  No only are you keeping physically active but you're helping keep stress at bay," added Wyers.  

The physical YMCA facilities will be closed until March 29. The online video workouts will continue for an "open-ended" timeframe during the closure and possibly beyond.  

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