Degnan says, “Individuals who are currently at high-risk have the time, and therefore, the potential to positively impact their chronic disease states through regular exercise.”


To his point, there are health clubs that focus on helping these populations—and others—get active with unique programs.


As for safety guidelines and cleaning procedures in the club, Degnan advises:


  • Masks at all times for members and staff,
  • Deep cleaning nightly,
  • Sufficient staff providing cleaning during the day,
  • Wipes readily available throughout the facility for members to clean all equipment after use, and
  • Signage reminding members to wipe down equipment and keep a safe distance (at least six feet) from others.


For those who are high-risk, Degnan recommends, “They should—to the best of their ability—try to work out at off-hours when the facility is less crowded.” Working out at off-hours—or a facility in general—obviously doesn’t work for everyone, but there are plentiful virtual options available to keep high-risk members active.


Above all, everyone needs to weigh how much risk they’re willing to take during the pandemic—as long as it does not put anyone in harm’s way.