Working out at the gym will be a difference experience than what it was before COVID. While there are some adjustments that need to be made for everyone's safety. It's still possible to get in a good, healthy workout to maintain physical and mental health. As we have discussed before there are a few factors that determine how high the risk of infection is. (1) how close you are to groups of people, (2) how long do you stay that environment and (3) how populated is that environment.
To minimize these factors at the gym, there are a few habits to learn and integrate:
1. Wear a mask.
By wearing a cloth mask, you minimize the spread of particles from breathing, coughing and sneezing. Cloth masks are also more breathable than regular masks, making them more manageable in an active environment. If you do find yourself needing to catch your breath, separate yourself from the group of other gym go-ers and take your time to breath. If you need find yourself needing to cough or sneeze, make sure your mask is on and cover your face with your arm or hands and wash them right after.
2. Be religious with disinfectant.
Wipe down equipment before and after use. While the viral particles live on surface much less readily than in the air, it is possible to be spread from touch. If everyone is diligent in cleaning shared equipment, it helps maintain a higher level of hygiene. Disinfectant works by contact time meaning if you spray it on the equipment and let it sit for several seconds to a few minutes, it will be more effective than just spray it on and wiping it off immediately. Try to take some extra minutes out of your day to make sure everything is clean.
3. Maintain social distancing.
In group classes, try to maintain a 6 feet difference between you and the people that you are next to. With lots of movement involved, it's an even better idea to account for this and leave room for another few feet. Try to avoid overcrowded bathrooms and showers. To account for this, make sure you add some extra time to your gym time so you don't feel rushed since these safety measures will require a few extra minutes.
We hope this was helpful to you! Delta Life Fitness wants to support your mental and physical wellbeing during this global health crisis and we hope that our content has given your day just a little bit more joy. Stay safe and stay healthy!