Getting back to the gym during Covid 19 can be tricky.
You’re going stir crazy after staying away from the gym for so long, but you’re also seeing a problem with returning: to work out during the pandemic, you have to go to a gym that might be unsafe if the other members aren’t complying with safety recommendations, like not social distancing or cleaning off the equipment after they use it.
It all seems very ironic, having to worry about getting sick when you’re at the gym to improve your health and fitness.
Of course, you could try a home workout, but it’s just not the same. Not many people have access to the same gym equipment at home, and there are a million distractions.
So what are some actions you can take to get back to the gym, get back to your old fitness level, and drop this “Covid fifteen” that you put on, all while staying safe and taking reasonable steps to avoid contracting the Covid 19 virus?
Here are some recommendations.
5 Tips for safely getting back to the gym during Covid 19
#1. Stay away from everybody else.
Be proactive with your social distancing while in the gym. If there’s a crowd at one of the machines you need, go use something else and then come back to it. Try to avoid places where someone can get close to you after you’ve started an exercise, like floor mats for ab work.
#2. Wipe down the equipment before and after you use it.
This makes for a little extra time and effort, but it’s better than relying on somebody else to clean the machines. This is an important safety issue right now, make sure you take control for your own safety’s sake and make sure the machines you come in contact with are clean.
#3. Wash your hands before and after your workout.
Hand washing is the best way to avoid contracting or spreading germs, including viruses. Make sure to cover your hands thoroughly with soap, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Keep your hands pointed down as you dry them, and use a paper towel to turn off the water.
#4. Don’t shower at the gym or use any amenities.
Go to the gym, do your workout, and go home to shower and change. The less exposure you have the better, and all you really need to do at the gym is the workout itself. Make sure you have washed your hands or used hand sanitizer before entering your car.
#5. Work out at a private personal training studio.
In a small, one-on-one personal training studio, the environment is much easier to control. Social distancing is only a thing between you and your trainer, and the equipment can be cleaned before and/or after each exercise. Not to mention you can get a much more focused workout without having to worry about what others around you are doing – or more importantly, not doing.
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We exceed CDC guidelines for the safety of our clients and staff from COVID-19. Our warm, welcoming handshakes have temporarily been replaced by a squirt of hand sanitizer, a questionnaire, temperature taking, and wiping down all surfaces as soon as they are touched.
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