Whether it is a security announcement by your government, relevant institutions or gym to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, here are some expert advices to help you analyze your personal risk of return to the Gym:
Follow the fact
Health expert Gonsenhauser said, “You should keep up to date with what is happening in your area” and get information from relevant institutions in your area on current guidelines for COVID-19 such as the Ministry of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ask the gym staff about cleaning, social spacing, health monitoring and other protocols to keep you safe. “Most gyms receive information and advice from professional institutions on statements or guidelines on hygiene practices at their institutions,” Gonsenhauser said.
Consider your health status and risks
According to the CDC, people over the age of 65 and all those with health problems have a higher risk of serious illness after infection. Gonsenhauser says that if you or someone you live with or have close contact with this group of people, the risk increases and you should be extra careful.
Stay home if you have any symptoms or are exposed to the virus
Some facilities will ask you before entering if you have had flu-like symptoms in the last two weeks or if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. But you should ask yourself these questions before you go to the gym and at home.
Wear a mask, including when exercising, if possible
Wearing a mask reduces the chances of contracting COVID-19 as well as the risk of transmission to others. Of course, wearing a mask may not be easy when breathing. While some gyms allow you to exercise without wearing a mask, just keep a distance from each other. But it is still safest if you wear a mask all the time.
Disinfect your exercise equipment and hands
Gonsenhauser recommends “exercising in a clean environment and disinfect your equipment before and after use.” Even if the gym staff cleans the equipment regularly, it is still possible that you will pick up a piece of metal that someone has just lifted and put it down (which can carry virus particles from an infected person). Your gym should have hand sanitizer and cleaning wipe that can be used frequently. In addition, you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after exercise.
Avoid using locker and water fountain
Both Gonsenhauser and Mayer recommended avoiding lockers and public water fountain as much as possible. Gonsenhauser says, “These are places of close contact that usually involve a lot of surface contact and are also places of breathing.Also, avoid using water fountain that some gyms do not keep clean for safety. “You should bring your own water bottle with you,” says Gonsenhauser, and should generally drink without touching the mouth piece.
Do not touch your face (if you need to wipe off sweat, use a towel)
Do not use your hands to wipe sweat off your face, as there is always a chance of direct contact with the virus in your eyes, nose or mouth. Use towels, which some gyms usually provide. Gonsenhauser says the best and safest way is to bring your own from home.
Disinfect everything when you get home
“Phones, headphones and everything needs to be cleaned,” Gonsenhauser said. After cleaning any objects in the gym with you (cleaning wipe can also work). Gonsenhauser also recommends bathing and changing clothes (although there is a lower risk of germs living on your clothes).
Article by: Health.D Cam
Source: EVERYDAY HEALTH