Gyms have opened, but the danger of COVID still looms large. Know the right way to exercise in this season of Coronavirus
The unlock guidelines have been such that now almost every public institution are open. The most awaited was the re-opening of gyms as a part of the ‘Unlock phase 3’. After exercising for a long time with the available resources at home, those who are gym fanatics did not take any time to head back to the gym after the opening of the gyms. But did you know that despite the gym’s openings, it is utmost important to know that basic care tips must be taken to be safe from COVID, as the transmission chances increase drastically when in a public space? Many gym-goers have switched to e-tutorials to continue their workouts, while a majority of fitness enthusiasts have adopted running, cycling and Yoga as their mode of workout. However, for all these workouts too, following social etiquettes are a must!
Health Guidelines To Follow While Gymming
Hence, the need of the hour is to follow certain guidelines to be safe from COVID. This is for those who exercise regularly and pre-COVID days were mostly seen in the gyms only. Onlymyhealth got in touch with Dr Anita Mathew, Infectious Disease Specialist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund to tell each and everyone about the basic health guidelines to follow before, while and after the gym:
BEFORE YOU HIT THE GYM:
Listed below are tips to follow before you hit the gym:
- Renew your membership online/ overcall: Ensure that you use the contactless booking and payment methods to get your membership in place. Avoid queuing up at the gym to discuss the matters face-to-face with the trainer.
- Pick a suitable timing: Speak to your trainer to discuss your workout needs, and also the appropriate time at which you could come in to work out. This way, you can opt for non-peak hours to finish your workout. Arrive and exit the gym at the pre-defined time
- Prep your supplies: Prepare your gym bag with a few face masks, a water bottle, a sanitizer, wet wipes and your own Yoga mat. Come prepared, do not share or pass around your supplies for general use. You may also want to invest in a few pairs of gym gloves & sweatbands, which can be washed before reuse – that way, you can segregate your gym clothes and accessories.
- If you are unwell, stay at home: Don’t try to optimally utilize your gym membership when you are sick, stay at home, and return to the gym only upon your doctor’s advice. You can also check your body temperate before you step out of home, so you can stay back if required.
AT THE GYM:
If you have reached the gym, make sure that you take these necessary precautions to stay safe from COVID:
- Sanitize your equipment: If you don’t have gym gloves, its fine, sanitize the equipment before use. After you are done using the equipment, sanitize your hands – carry the sanitizer in your pocket
- Social distancing is a must: Don’t greet your long-lost gym buddies or trainers with a hug, maintain appropriate social distancing. Do not huddle in groups.
- Always wear your mask: Mask and face shield should not be removed during a workout. Even while talking to your trainer, the mask and face shield should be on.
- Do not share your gym supplies: Your towels, mats, gloves, water bottles and sanitizers are strictly for your personal use. Do not pass these around in general.
- Opt-out of other facilities: Avoid using the showers at the gym, also give your massage sessions a pass – avoid all engagement that would enquire you to remain in a confined space.
Are you done with your workout? Do not forget to take these precautionary tips to be safe from COVID:
- Sanitize: Wash your hands (how to wash hands) with soap and water, or sanitize your hands before getting into your car, handling your keys, or using any other non-gym item
- Don’t hangout: Stick to your gym time and don’t hang back to chat up with your friends around the corner. It is also avoidable to crowd near the gym’s juice stall.
- Wash-up: After you return home, have a hot water shower; your gym clothes, gloves and towels are to be washed separately
While you welcome the chance to go back to the gym, follow social, personal and hygiene etiquettes as you enjoy a good workout. Do not forget that COVID is still there, and still there is no vaccine, only precautions and preventive tips can help stay safe from virus transmission.
With inputs from Dr Anita Mathew, Infectious Disease Specialist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund
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