Stepping it up in 2021
It’s the final countdown as we head into a new year and for those of you who are thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to get fit in 2021, News 25’s Toni Miles checks in with some local experts on fitness and life.
Planet Fitness member Carey Ray Sr. said, “I’m working at it. I can’t get nothing out of it, if I don’t put anything into it.”
Carey Ray Sr. has been retired for more than 20 years, just another cycle of life for this 80-year-old South Mississippi resident who is still going strong and works out with his wife at Planet Fitness in Gulfport three days a week. “As you get older, you don’t use it. You need to do something. If it’s nothing, you’ve got nothing to work with. If you do a little something, it’s better than nothing.”
But COVID has slowed down many, grinding some to a standstill this past year. Planet Fitness Senior Club Manager Danny Buford said, “We’ve actually seen since the lockdown, about 32-percent of members, or people that were active, become less active, or not active at all. What we’re encouraging is for everyone to be active for at least 20 minutes a day. Something we’ve done not just for our members, but for the whole community, we have 20-minute free workout videos on Facebook live and YouTube. If everyone can download our Planet Fitness app, not just members, there are free video work out videos there by our trainers.”
As Carey Ray Sr. says: use it or lose it! Speaking of that, you can cut back on membership costs at Planet Fitness as we head into the new year. “We’re actually offering a $0 enrollment fee for both our $10 membership and our black card membership. With both memberships, you’ll be able to come as much as you like.”
As for the staff here, they’ll be sticking to their resolve to provide a safe, COVID-free environment.