Are Gyms Safe Even with COVID-19 as a Public Health Risk?

January 21, 2021

A year has passed since public places earned titles of being high-risk because they contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Most governments still don’t allow restaurants, schools, fitness centers, and other locations to resume normal operations. However, most institutions have adapted to the change. Schools are offering classes online, while restaurants provide delivery with curbside pickup. But does one manage their gym routine?

So far, we know that keeping a six-foot distance, wearing masks, and washing/sanitizing hands will keep you safe from the virus. It implies that as long as we follow all these safety measures, we can continue our gym routines as usual, right?

That is why many US states are allowing gyms to resume operations. But states such as California, North Carolina, and others have still issued orders telling gyms to halt operations until further notice. New orders have caused some confusion among fitness enthusiasts or people wanting to work on their new year’s fitness resolutions: should you or should you not start working out? Below, you will find all the answers:

How to protect yourself in the gym

If your state has allowed gyms and fitness centers to reopen post-lockdown, you can rejoin your local gym. However, you should only do so if you are sure that you can protect yourself from the virus. Before heading to the gym, members need to ensure that you will be able to maintain a safe six-foot distance from other members while wearing masks and gloves. In addition, visit the gym when there are fewer people. This reduces the risk factor, and you can easily maintain a safe distance.

When you should Avoid Visiting the Gym

If you are suffering from some chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or respiratory issues, you should avoid visiting the gym during a pandemic. If you’re adamant that you can maintain safety measures, make sure to research the virus’s spread in your area first. If the numbers are high, keep in mind that you face a higher risk of contracting the virus from public spaces.

How to Maintain your Health at Home

Don’t feel like working out at the gym? You can always practice your exercise routines at home. Exercising helps alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. If you’re working from home, you can purchase fitness items such as jumping rope or dumbbells. Working out at home can be challenging, but you can rely on techniques that incorporate fitness training applications or YouTube tutorials to keep your motivation levels high.

When looking for a gym, choose whichever has strict policies regarding SOPs. Check if the state has a policy of allowing a specific number of members at a time. Follow all necessary safety measures to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus. You should contact urgent care if you experience COVID-19 symptoms. If you can’t go to a gym, you can keep up with your fitness goals by practicing yoga, running, and stretching at home.

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