Zoom-ready . . . Waitaki Community Recreation Centre manager Di Talanoa is ready to tackle an online strength/cardio class, while her dog, Blue, watches on. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Whether you are already a regular gym-goer, or have aspirations to use your lockdown time to get a bit more active, your local fitness centres are here to help.

Oamaru gyms are offering a variety of options for both members and non-members, featuring live and recorded Facebook classes, Zoom workouts, and “on-paper” sessions.

The Waitaki Community Recreation Centre is offering free online classes – a mixture of strength/cardio workouts, circuit style, and a variety of Les Mills-style classes.

“We run early-ish and mid-morning time slots,” manager Di Talanoa said.

“Anyone can join in. They just need to join our Rec Centre online classes group on our Facebook page and they’ll get the Zoom links.”

There was also a series of senior strong classes for those wanting a less intense workout.

It focused on core and leg strength, and balance.

“We videoed these last lockdown and there are seven video sessions easily accessed on our Facebook page.”

During last year’s Level 4 lockdown, the centre lent out equipment free of charge, but this lockdown happened so quickly there was no time, she said.

Ms Talanoa said regular exercise was one of the most beneficial things a person could do to improve and/or maintain their health.

It boosted the immune system, reduced stress, increased energy levels, and improved sleep; and there were also numerous positives for the brain.

“Most importantly, it just makes us feel good.”

It was important people found something that worked for them, was enjoyable, and came from a reputable source, to ensure it was safe.

“Personally, I’m loving getting out for walks and runs with my dog, but best of all is connecting daily with people in my online classes.

“The connection is just as important and beneficial as the workout.

“I know it makes a difference for me, and I’m sure it will for others.”

As for the effects the lockdown was having on business, Ms Talanoa said it was “considerable”.

“Both with regard to our fitness activities, but mostly because of the loss of gym/court hire.

“Last year it took some time for activities to gain momentum once we came out of lockdown, so it will be interesting to see what happens this time.”

Sport New Zealand, Recreation New Zealand and the Exercise Association of New Zealand had guidelines on how to resume activities safely when level restrictions eased, Ms Talanoa said.

CrossFit 564, Fitness 24, Snap Fitness, and the Movement Hub are also offering a variety of online fitness options. Visit their Facebook pages for more information.