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During the coronavirus lockdowns that have happened around the world, gyms are one of the industries that have been most heavily affected. Due to the nature of exercising in the gym – being close to others, sweat, shared equipment and cramped changing rooms – the transmission risks were high, meaning many gyms have been closed periodically for the past year.
If you are an enthusiastic gym-goer, you might have found the closures of gyms and other exercise spaces pretty tough. While the world seems to finally be relaxing its restrictions, some people could still be nervous about visiting the gym at this stage in the pandemic.
If you are still nervous about visiting the gym, check out these three tips for returning to the gym after COVID-19.
The right face coverings are still important – stay vigilant!
Although wearing a mask while exercising is pretty annoying, to put it mildly, some face coverings are scientifically proven to reduce the chance of you spreading coronavirus. Even if you are vaccinated, you might still be able to pass the virus to others, meaning that your responsibility still lies in protecting the people around you. Just to be transparent, when I’m near a friend of mine that has a autoimmune disease, I wear a mask but in general I do not. I think it is important to understand the mask information that is available about what type of mask will be the best possible type to be the most effective for your situation.
If you find face coverings irritating to your skin, especially when sweating during a workout, why not try a mask information made by a sports brand? These are highly breathable, and can help you feel less claustrophobic while you are working out in a mask.
Bring your own sanitizing tools.
Although most gyms are bringing in high-level sanitizing regimes to their establishments, it is best to take your safety into your own hands. If you feel concerned about transmission in a gym environment, you should make sure to bring sanitizing wipes to clean down any equipment before you use it. Additionally, use hand sanitizer regularly, to keep your hands free of bacteria or virus particles.
You can get these cheaply and easily from supermarkets or pharmacies, and they can be carried easily in a pouch or simply in your hand while you travel around the gym area. Taking your safety into your own hands can help you feel calm and confident about returning to the gym. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to help from catching a disease. I’ve posted this video before by Mark Rober about how germs can be spread but it is a real eye opener!
Visit the gym during quiet hours.
If you are searching for a way to return to your usual exercise regime, but are nervous about being in cramped or crowded places, why not visit the gym during quiet hours?
During weekdays, gyms such as Fitness 19 are often the busiest right before, or right after, offices open/close. To avoid the crowds, try working out during the day, or later in the evening, as this will minimize your risks and make you feel more comfortable while exercising.
The bottom line is, you work out to feel great. If you are nervous or distracted, you aren’t going to enjoy your workout – so by taking these three simple steps, you can get back to doing what you love, hopefully without stress or anxiety.
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