Coronavirus: Calgary doctor conducts training while people line up at Costco


As stores limit buyers and impose physical distance during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Calgary doctor took the opportunity to turn a Costco line into a workout on Friday.

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Dr. David Keegan stood in line with everyone, standing about two meters apart in the maze of barricades.

“It was actually a little bit colder than I expected. I decided after about 20 minutes, I would just make a few slits to warm up. Then I thought, “Hey, why don’t we turn this into something bigger and cooler? “” He told Global News on Sunday.

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Keegan yelled at people about the idea of ​​training and they were ready.

“I think everyone was a little bored, a little cold, a little, maybe, frustrated, scared and fair [thinking] about everything that was going on – but people were playing, and so very quickly, they were totally [it], ” he said.

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Having nothing else to do but wait, the group did jumps, lunges, squats, basic work and pushups against the barricades.

“It was like something could happen and you never know. All I did was bring the spark, “said Keegan. “But everyone, almost everyone signed up and it was cool. In a few seconds, like maybe a second, it was clear that it was going to be fun.

“It was just a fun spark in a very difficult time. “

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Keegan said he was delighted to see everyone’s day enhanced by the workout.

“It was fun to see this totally random thing come out of the blue and just woke up my day, that’s for sure, and I think it made everyone’s day,” he said.

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“I mean, before that happened, pretty much no one was smiling across the range … But, boy, I think everyone was smiling afterwards.”

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Even if there is something funny in online training, Keegan said it was about being human.

“We are all looking for something more than the rigid structures in which we have to work. So what can we do in this kind of fun, social and fitness oriented way? That’s why I think it got a lot of interest from people, “he said, referring to the 355,000 views. training video had online Sunday evening.

Prioritize fitness

Keegan said his family – his wife, who is also a doctor, and their three children – put fitness first during the pandemic.

“As humans, the best things we can do for our health is to exercise our bodies, exercise our brains and exercise our social skills on a regular basis,” he said.

“So in this environment, it’s even more important to stay physically strong. “

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The doctor believes that exercise is more important than any prescription he could write.

“Medication does its job, but exercise, without exception, is the best intervention I can help people with – helping them point in the right direction for any condition they have or are trying to prevent.” , did he declare.

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Keegan hopes the video will inspire people to do what they can to be active, strong and social in the face of the crisis and take care of their physical health, even when the pandemic is over.

“We hope it spreads the word, and more importantly, even beyond COVID-19. What can we do so that, throughout our lives, we can squeeze in good physical activity, challenge our brains and challenge our social skills on a regular basis? ” he said.

Keegan encourages people to exercise according to the hashtag #lineupworkout, posting a video of themselves training and donating money to a place in need.

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