Category: Covid-19 Updates

How Does Elevate Purify it’s Air?

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You may have heard that Elevate Fitness installed state-of-the-art air purification devices while we were closed during NYS Pause. But exactly what is the system that was installed and how does it work?

We’ve installed REME HALO air purification systems into each of our HVAC units. What is Reme Halo? Good question. According to their website:

“The award-winning REME HALO® is the next generation of indoor air quality (IAQ) technology. With increased ionized hydro-peroxide output and the enhanced catalyst with zinc, it is capable of purifying every cubic inch of air that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system reaches. It is effective against all three categories of indoor air pollutants: Particulates, Microbials, and Gases. Thoroughly tested to safely remove the risks of airborne and surface bacteria, mold spores, and viruses, such as MRSA, e-coli, and Norwalk, to name a few. It also eliminates off-odors from cooking, manufacturing, and processing foods.”

Air Purification at Elevate Fitness Gyms in Syracuse

In a nutshell, each HVAC unit at Elevate Fitness has been fit with its own Reme Halo device. This device releases a Hydro-Peroxide plasma that permeates the air and purifies the air removing pollutants at their source, eliminating the need for pollutants like viruses to pass through a filter, which is a reactive purification method. Instead, the Reme Halo devices PROACTIVELY purify the environment.

Curious about how Hydrogen Peroxide cleans the air? Learn more here.

When you combine the unmasked sneeze microbial reduction rate of 99% of these devices with the NYS mask mandate and good social distancing practices, we believe we’ve gone above and beyond in the quest to create a safe environment for our members and our team.

And not only is the Reme Halo system clinically proven to reduce the rise of BOTH airborne and surface pollutants that cause illness, but it’s also highly effective in decreasing the distress of allergies and other respiratory issues.

Come see for yourself how safe Elevate Fitness gyms are. Book a complimentary one-on-one safety tour to see all the systems and protocols in place to make Elevate Fitness a safe space for all your fitness and wellness needs.

Staying Active While Isolating

These are strange times, and unprecedented in most of our lifetimes. It’s easy to forget what it feels like to wear an outfit that isn’t 90% pajamas or to find yourself wondering when you last left the couch and if that smell is you or the dog.

Whether you’re working per usual or working from home or working on figuring it all out – it’s important to make time to stay healthy. Physical exercise has two incredibly important benefits for all of us right now:

One. It helps build your immunity. A healthy body generally speaking has a healthier immune system than an unhealthy body. So staying active and fit can actually help you in the fight against illness.

Two. It’s a fantastic stress reducer. Anxiety and worry are at an all-time high for a lot of us, and exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety so that we can be productive and focus on what matters.

So how can you make sure that you’re getting the benefits of exercise right now when you’re isolating and social-distancing and your favorite gym is closed?

One. Try some of our Home Workouts especially curated for these strange times.

Two. While maintaining social-distancing best practices head outdoors for some solitary exercise when the weather permits, a little vitamin D is probably good for you these days, too.

Three.  Are you the type who works out better with a buddy? Try Facetime or Zoom or Facebook Messenger and workout (safely) with a buddy using technology.

Four. Try a mobile app. From Couch to 5K to 7 Minute Workouts to Activity Trackers, there are tons of options to keep you moving and engaged.

Five. Reward yourself. Make yourself do it by rewarding the behaviors you want to develop. Our reward program is one great way to do that (and you can earn points for home workouts during this strange time).

Try it. Maybe you’re feeling down. Maybe you’re not feeling motivated. Try it anyway – get just a few minutes of physical exercise, even if it’s just a brisk walk, and if you don’t start feeling better – at least you tried. But we think you’ll find that exercise is JUST what’s needed in tough times like this.

Stay active, stay healthy, and stay safe friends.



3 Tips to Stay Sane in Uncertain Times

It’s a strange time. For most of us, we’ve never dealt with this level of uncertainty on such a broad scale. Some of us are without work, some of us are expected to work in dangerous circumstances. Some of us are teachers for the first time in our lives. Some of us are primary care-givers for the first time in our lives. Some of us are overwhelmed with anxiety and fear. But one thing is certain: nothing is certain.

So it’s especially important that we take care of our mental health and fitness now more than ever. Today we’ll share our top three tips for staying sane in uncertain times.

One. Connect with People

We have to physically practice social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, but luckily we live in a time of unprecedented technological resources and access. Reach out to friends and family. Stay connected to your tribe and offer support, encouragement, and assistance where you safely can. We’re all in the same boat, and now is the time to come together in small communities and as a global community.

Facetime and Skype are popular ways to connect via video chat. Facebook Messenger lets you add a bunch of folks to a video chat – maybe now is the time for that family reunion nobody had time for last summer? Maybe a reunion of high-school friends? Stay social, stay connected, stay positive.

Two. Make a Daily Plan

For many of us, we find ourselves confined to our homes for the first time ever. We’ve lost track of the day, time means nothing, and we don’t remember a time before 24/7 pajamas. The best way to combat this is to have a plan. Break your day up into “blocks” and plan how you’re going to use each block of time. Here’s a sample time block plan:

7 am – 9 am: Meditate, exercise, breakfast, shower, dress (real clothes today, not pajamas), read the news

9 am – 12 pm: Work from home

12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch, Facetime with Parents

1 pm – 5 pm: Work from home

5 pm – 6 pm: Outdoor solitary exercise

6 pm – 8 pm: Dinner with Family (no screens)

8 pm – 10 pm: Relax, tv, read the news

10 pm: Bedtime!

Having a plan will help to give you a sense of normalcy and structure. And if you’re super Type A you can make checklists for each time block, and nothing feels as productive as marking to-do list items as done!

Three. Don’t Participate in the 24 Hour News Cycle

We’re not saying don’t follow the news. Follow the news. But be thoughtful about how you follow. Schedule times to consume whichever source of news you prefer, and turn off notifications and resist the urge to go to your favorite news site outside the designated times.

We live in a 24/7 news cycle, and it can be overwhelming, stressful and confusing. Stay informed without subjecting yourself to a non-stop stream of negativity. Your brain needs a break from the constant onslaught of updates and news flashes and live conferences.


Most importantly, friends, be proactive. You know what you need to do to feel your best – do it. That means following these tips AND staying physically active. Check out our Home Workouts page and get moving!


4 Reasons to Keep Exercising

By Alexandra Black Larcom for IHRSA
March 11, 2020

The latest outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has a lot of people asking themselves: should I keep going to the gym?

The answer to that question depends on several factors:

  • Whether or not you are in an area under strict quarantine,
  • If you are in a higher risk population, or
  • If you are caring for someone who is in a higher risk population

Some populations, such as those at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, have been advised by health authorities to take extra precautions, which may mean staying at home. But for most people, sticking to their gym routine is still a good idea.

Going to the gym—or just exercising in general—is good for the immune system, can lower stress at a time where everyone is a little… stressed, and can provide a much-needed dose of social support and camaraderie (from a safe distance of one meter or three feet away, if need be).

This article highlights four reasons—backed up by evidence—that going to the gym is beneficial, including:

  1. physical activity and exercise can help boost immune function,
  2. exercise lowers stress,
  3. physical activity is good for metabolic health, and
  4. gyms are clean and pose no unique risk.

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1. Physical Activity and Exercise Can Help Boost Immune Function

Several studies have linked physical activity to improvements in immune markers and immune health. An extensive review published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science outlined how acute bouts of exercise—less than 60 minutes—enhanced the circulation of immunoglobins, natural killer (NK) cells, T cells, and other immune cells that play critical roles in the body’s defense against pathogens, and can help reduce inflammation.

An analysis of randomized controlled trials conducted as part of that review found that people assigned to long-term moderate exercise programs—ranging eight weeks to one year—saw lower incidence and duration of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI), with reductions as high as 40-50% among people who were active on a daily basis. A similar analysis of results from long term population studies found a 28% reduction in URTI in groups with higher levels of physical activity and fitness.

Several human and rodent studies, summarized in a recent New York Times article, indicated that maintaining physical fitness is good for the immune system, and even short bouts of exercise can amplify the body’s ability to fight off harmful germs.

Some past evidence has led some to conclude that strenuous exercise—like running a marathon—has a negative effect on the immune system. However, research published in 2018 in Frontiers in Immunology found limited evidence to support a link between vigorous bouts of exercise and temporary immune suppression.

The 2018 study found that vigorous bouts of exercise may, in fact, enhance immune surveillance, that acute bouts of exercise can enhance the response to viral and bacterial invaders, and that long term exercise heightens immune competency.

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2. Exercise Lowers Stress

Physical activity can also have a more indirect, positive effect on immune function by mitigating stress. Research out of Carnegie Melon found that people with higher levels of psychological stress were more susceptible to the common cold.

In addition to the immune system benefit, stress can have an obvious negative effect on mental health and well-being. But exercise can help with that.

study published in Frontiers in Physiology showed that regular exercise could create greater emotional resilience to acute, short term stress in healthy people. Respondents to an American Psychological Association “Stress in America” survey reported positive effects of exercise, including:

  • better mood,
  • feeling good about themselves, and
  • feeling less stressed.

According to the survey, 43% of Americans report they use exercise to manage their stress, and 62% of those people found it to be extremely or very effective.

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3. Physical Activity is Good for Metabolic Health

Research has linked poor metabolic health to poorer immune system function, which is one reason people with chronic medical conditions like diabetes are at higher risk of developing—and having complications from—infections like flu and coronavirus. Studies have also found that people with diabetes and high blood glucose are more susceptible to infection, and people with obesity and diabetes have greater immune suppression than metabolically healthy people with obesity.

Evidence has also linked good metabolic health and higher levels of physical activity. Spending more time active lowered the odds of metabolic syndrome, and science has linked both acute and long term exercise to lower blood glucose levels.

Additionally, long term studies show 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking briskly, for 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of diabetes by 30%.

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4. Gyms Are Clean and Safe

Gyms thoroughly clean their facilities on a regular basis and ask members to wipe down equipment after use. Over the past few months, many have enhanced their cleaning policies in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Most experts agree that gyms pose no specific threat compared to other areas of public gatherings like churches, malls, or grocery stores.

Paul Sax, M.D., medical director of the division of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told Time Magazine, “the gym is not a place that’s necessarily riskier than other communal areas. I wouldn’t say there’s anything particular about people sweating that makes them more contagious.”

Robert Glatter, M.D., an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told Yahoo Finance, “I would still go about your normal activities at this point. Just as you normally should—even before the arrival of coronavirus—always clean your hands thoroughly after using exercise equipment with hand gel or use bleach-based wipes. It’s also important to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since this is how the virus gains entry into your body.”

“At this point, people should certainly keep exercising,” says Aubree Gordon, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, in a recent CNBC article.

Michael Knight, assistant professor of medicine at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Services, echoed similar sentiments to CNBC’s Make It. He said that he would still encourage his patients to “continue getting moderate amounts of physical activity to lower their overall risk.”