Masks Required Again at PFTL

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – MASKS ARE NOW REQUIRED

This week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) announced updated masking recommendations to protect against COVID-19 and the Delta variant. These announcements were in response to surges in COVID-19 cases. Additionally, the CDC presented data showing that the Delta variant is more contagious compared to other strains and is causing some breakthrough infections in vaccinated persons.

The CDC, IDPH and CCDPH recommend universal masking in public indoor settings for:

·    Everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, in areas with substantial and high transmission. On Thursday, Cook County was added to the list of areas with ‘substantial’ community transmission. 

·    All teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status 

·    Immunocompromised individuals 

·    Households that are at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19 

·    Individuals not fully vaccinated – To find a vaccination clinic, please visit the IDPH website. 

On Friday afternoon, the Cook County Department of Public Health announced that they were updating their guidance to be consistent with the CDC’s recommendation that everyone should be masked indoors and in a public setting. 

In alignment with the masking recommendations, clients, trainers and others are required to wear a mask to enter our studio, regardless of their vaccination status.

I know this is not welcome news for anyone, but the safety of our clients and trainers is our primary concern.

PFTL NEWS July 2021

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As of June 16, we have made masks optional for vaccinated people. We have asked all who enter the studio to sign a statement indicating if they are fully vaccinated. Once the statement is signed, that person can enter the studio without a mask whenever they have an appointment.

Unvaccinated people will still need to wear a mask. Of course, anyone can wear a mask if they want.  Additionally,

  • We will continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC, state, county, and local government.
  • We are still limiting our attendance to 3 trainers and 3 clients maximum at any time, so distancing can be maintained.  Some time slots are less busy.
  • If anyone is uncomfortable being indoors with others who are unmasked, we can offer them “in-home” training or they can ask their trainer to schedule them during a studio time that is quieter. 
  • Trainers will continue to wipe down equipment and other touchable surfaces when possible.
  • We will still provide wipes and hand sanitizers throughout the studio. It is advised that clients wipe their hands upon entering and leaving the studio.

If you have any questions, please contact Debora at (847) 722-2115 or [email protected]

WANT TO AGE WELL?  SIT ON THE FLOOR  (from LIVESTRONG.com 6/26/21)

When you have the choice of a comfy couch or cozy recliner chair, odds are you’re not thinking about popping a squat on a hard floor. But, believe it or not, the simple act of sitting on the ground can help you live longer and stronger.

Indeed, July 2014 research in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that the ability to get up from the floor is a significant predictor of longevity in people ages 51 to 80. In the study, those who had the hardest time with the task were five to six times more likely to die during the researchers’ follow-up period than those who could sit and stand with ease. While the study is on the older side, more recent research, including a May 2020 study in the same journal, backs up the link.

That’s because how well you can move from standing to sitting and vice versa is a reflection of your overall health, fitness and function, says Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, a New York City-based spinal and orthopedic surgeon.

Having more and more trouble getting down onto and up off of the floor? Here’s the silver lining: Sitting on the floor is also a simple, effective way to maintain strength, function and vitality as you age.

Fortunately, you don’t need to shun the chair for every activity. But spending some time on the floor each day can benefit your health. Here, Dr. Okubadejo shares all the pluses of plopping down on the ground.

1. Better Balance, Stability and Coordination – Getting onto and back off of the floor recruits your balance, stability and total-body coordination, Dr. Okubadejo says. So, the more you do it, the better your balance will be. This is especially important as you get older because it help reduce your risk for falls and resulting fractures.

2. Greater Mobility – Moving into a floor-seated position engages the muscles surrounding multiple joints and body parts such as your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and feet, Dr. Okubadejo says. Thus, a daily practice of sitting on the floor can help improve your mobility.

That refers to your ability to move through your joints’ full range of motion, which is critical to being able to move through life like you want to. It can also help you stay injury- and pain-free as you age.

3. A Strong Core and Legs – Sitting on the floor can help you build a sturdier core and legs. Here’s why: “The core must be engaged when pulling the body up from the ground, so getting up and sitting back down multiple times can lead to maximal core engagement,” Dr. Okubadejo explains.

Plus, “rising from the floor forces people to perform a similar motion to a squat,” he says. So, when you regularly sit on the ground, you’re essentially doing several reps of the lower-body exercise throughout the day.

4. Healthier Posture – Sitting on the floor can help promote good posture. That’s because when you move from a standing position to seated (and back again) your joints must be aligned to maintain balance, Dr. Okubadejo. Proper body alignment relates to how your head, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles stack up with each other, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

What’s more, floor sitting encourages you to sit more upright instead of hunching your back — another factor for healthy aging. (Many of us sit too often and in less-than-ideal chairs, which doesn’t bode well for posture.)

How to Sit on the Floor for Healthy Aging

While sitting on the floor can support good health as you age, you have to do it correctly to reap the full benefits. Here, Dr. Okubadejo explains how best to sit on the floor.

Avoid slouching. When your back is in a curved position, it can put extra strain on your spinal discs and vertebrae, he says. Instead, sit with your torso tall and straight. Gently squeeze your shoulder blades down and together.

Sit on a small pillow or towel. This can ease any tailbone discomfort, he says. Plus, it can also place your pelvis in better alignment with your spine.

Move your legs. Any position can become a problem when you hang out in it too long. Try sitting cross-legged, with your legs straight out in front of you or with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground.

DEBORA’S RECOMMENDATION: Sit on the floor and stand up 5-10 times per day.

PFTL News June 2021 (continued)

LET’S TALK ABOUT WALKING SHOES

Years ago, the only athletic shoes we wore were “gym shoes” bought for gym class, usually Keds (remember those?).  Since the 60’s athletic shoes have evolved to include specialized shoes for specific sports (basketball, football, golf, tennis, running, etc.)  Running and walking shoes became popular for anyone who wanted to spend time running, jogging, or walking.

While shoe technology has unquestionably made athletic shoes better over the years, not all innovations may be the best for certain populations, depending on usage.

Since most of our clients are regular walkers, I will limit my remarks to walking shoes.

What is the best shoe for you? – that depends on several factors.

  1. Your gait  – speed, balance, coordination,
  2. Your anatomy – foot, knee, hip or back issues

In general, walking shoes should be lightweight, flexible enough to allow the foot to move easily from heel to toe, and have just enough cushioning to soften impact. 

Gait:  if you have balance or coordination issues, your walking shoe should not be overly cushioned, as you will not be able to feel the ground with each step.  If you are a slow walker, it is important that you can feel the ground to avoid tripping.  Also, so-called “memory soles” tend to mold incorrect walking patterns.

If you walk very briskly 4+ miles per hour, a moderate running shoe might be better than a walking shoe.

Anatomy:  If you have foot issues (e.g. pronation, supination, bunions, hammer toes), look for specific shoes that address the issue.  For example, some shoes have built-in foot bridges for pronation, wider foot beds might accommodate bunions, a more curved shape might be better for high arches, while a straighter shape might be better for fallen arches.

If you have knee or hip issues, look for less cushioned shoes.

Almost all the major shoe manufacturers have a variety of styles that will feel right for you.  Take your time when buying shoes. Try on shoes before buying them. Walk around in the store for at least 30 minutes.  If the shoes do not feel comfortable, do not buy them.  Shoes should not have to be “broken in”, they should fit correctly in the store.

There are trends that come and go.  Do not always believe the hype about new kinds of shoes, especially overly cushioned ones. Your body will tell you if the shoe is right for you.

PFTL News June 2021

MASK REQUIREMENT UPDATE

CLIENT SURVEY RESULTS –   Clients were asked to respond to the following questions:

1. Do you feel PFTL should require masks for vaccinated trainers and clients?

            YES- 33%     NO- 63%     Undecided –3%

2.  Do you feel we should ask for proof of vaccination?

            YES- 57%    NO – 27%     Undecided – 17%

3.  Do you believe we should continue wiping down all touchable surfaces?

            YES – 60%         NO- 23%       Undecided – 17%

ACTION PLAN:

  1. We will keep the mask requirement until June 15.  Staring on June 16, we will ask all who enter the studio to sign a statement indicating if they are fully vaccinated or not. A vax card would be appreciated, but not required.

If they attest to being vaccinated, they will not be required to wear a mask.  If they are not vaccinated, they will still need to wear a mask. Of course, anyone can wear a mask if they want.

a. We will continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC, state, county, and local government.

b. We are still limiting our attendance to 3 trainers and 3 clients maximum at any time, so distancing can be maintained.  Some time slots are less busy.

c. We understand that each of our clients’ situations are unique.  Therefore, if anyone is uncomfortable being indoors with others who are unmasked, we can offer them “in home” training or they can ask their trainer to schedule them during a studio time that is quieter. 

d. Unvaccinated clients may need to be rescheduled for the comfort level of those clients who will not feel safe being around unvaccinated people.

  1. Trainers will continue to wipe down equipment and other touchable surfaces when possible.
  1. We will still provide wipes and hand sanitizers throughout the studio. It is advised that clients wipe their hands upon entering and leaving the studio.
  1. We have reinstalled the water cooler but will continue to provide bottled water for a while for those who want them.

If you have any questions, please contact Debora at( 847) 722-2115 or [email protected]

Mask Wearing at PFTL Studio

Thursday, the CDC announced that “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”

After wearing masks for a year, this is welcome news for those who are fully vaccinated; however, Personal Fitness Training, Ltd. still requires masks to be worn in our studio. We will still be following distancing where possible, temperatures at the entrance, and wiping down touchable services.

As soon as we  receive revised executive orders from the State of Illinois and corresponding guidelines from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Illinois and Cook County Departments of Public Health, policy adjustments may be made. When and if adjustments are made, all clients will be notified.