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Although Covid measures have been lifted in many countries and areas, you should still protect yourself and those around you.
How can you make sure you protect yourself from the virus when you go back to the gym? Here are some tips:
Invest in your own mat
One important piece of equipment you should bring with you is your own, and good mat. Avoid using the mats in gyms or fitness centers, as they can still contain viruses and germs. Since the pandemic is not over yet, it is better to bring your own utensils. Avoid using communal mats as much as possible. You should also bring towels and water bottles.
Clean the fitness equipment before each use
Disinfect your fitness equipment before each workout. Wipe everything down before use. This will prevent you from coming into contact with germs and viruses that can transmit diseases. Disinfecting the equipment should be seen as a great act for your safety.
Avoid placing your water bottle or bag directly on the floor
Although it is a common habit to put your gym bag on the floor while exercising, you should avoid it at all costs. The reason is that this can spread germs and viruses on the floor. This is especially true in high-traffic areas, including the locker room.
The same applies to wet and damp areas, steam baths, saunas and shower rooms, as they are breeding grounds for germs. If possible, shower at home after your workout.
Don’t visit the gym during peak hours
It’s helpful to visit the gym when it’s less crowded. Schedule your workouts and classes outside of rush hours.
Before you attend a group fitness class, learn about the health and hygiene policies that apply there. Make sure the guidelines include social distance, less crowding, and the use of individual fitness equipment.
Don’t forget to practice good hand hygiene
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds after using a piece of fitness equipment. Sanitize your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Stop touching your face with unwashed hands. This will prevent you from exposing yourself to a possible virus.
Keep the distance
Proper training will cause you to breathe heavily and sweat out. For this reason, you should keep a distance of more than one meter from the others. This will prevent you from having too much and potentially contagious contact with the people around you….
Many facilities now try to minimize the number of people in their rooms to ensure that social spacing rules are followed. Follow the rules to keep yourself safe and everyone around you comfortable.
Read and obey the signs
It may be that a certain part of a gym or fitness center has a no trespassing sign. It may also be that a certain piece of equipment is marked with a “do not use” sign or an “X” so that no one can use it. Pay attention to signs in gyms and fitness centers. Remember that everyone in the gym is trying hard to keep everything usable and clean.
Just use your brain. You don’t want to get infected, and neither does anyone else. Please take care of yourself and your neighbor. Train hard, but also train smart and safe.