How to Stay Safe From Coronavirus at the Gym
You have spent the last few months holed up at home due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The months spent indoors have had repercussions on the body, such as added weight. And when we are not on full lockdown, one of the places you may be itching to search for online is a gym near me, to shed excess weight. However, since COVID-19 is still around, you need to be cautious to avoid infection. Before you resume your gym sessions, call beforehand to determine if there is a limit to the number of people. Ask them about their disinfecting and cleaning policies regarding Coronavirus and whether one can shower at the gym after a workout.
Here are more tips on how to stay safe from Coronavirus at the gym.
1. Go when there are fewer people
Even before Coronavirus, it is advisable to go to a gym with fewer people at once. Due to the heavy breathing involved during a workout, you are more at risk of contracting a respiratory disease in a packed gym. The gyms in Hong Kong only allow limited people to exercise per session. This way, when you search for a ‘gym near me’, you can enjoy a workout without the fear of coronavirus infection.
2. Familiarize yourself with the gym layout
As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, most gyms have had to rearrange their equipment to comply with health regulations. It means that your favourite spot may be occupied by something else. So when you return to the gym, find everything you will need before you start your work out. By getting familiar with the new layout, you will avoid aimless wandering and bumping into people. If you cannot find something, ask from the gym staff that will be happy to help.
3. Personally Wipe the Equipment
Gym owners are cleaning and sanitizing gym equipment after each use. The equipment should be cleaned before and after use. If you want to be extra cautious, bring your sanitizer and wipes to clean the equipment you will be using. Although the gym will supply you with sprays or wipes, you can still use your own. Ensure that the sanitizer you are using has alcohol content above 70 percent to kill the virus completely.
Thoroughly wet the surface and let it dry for at least a minute before you use the equipment. When using paper wipes, it should be soaked enough to wet the surface you are wiping; dried out wipes are ineffective against the coronavirus.
4. Put on Weight Lifting Gloves
The reason for wearing weightlifting gloves in the gym, even when you are not lifting weight, is to protect your face. Weight Lifting gloves are bulky, and you will want to keep them away from your face as much as possible. The Coronavirus gets into the body through mucous membranes such as eyes, mouth, and nose. Someone working out in a gym will likely keep touching these places as their workout intensifies.
Weightlifting gloves will prevent you from doing this and keep you safe from COVID-19. However, once you remove the gloves, clean them thoroughly as they may have the virus and wash your hands with soap and running water or a hand sanitizer. Clean the hands for 20 seconds and make sure your hand sanitizer has over 70 per alcohol content. Sanitize your hands again after you leave the gym. Find out if your gym provides weightlifting gloves if you do not own a pair.
5. Keep your distance and be responsible
Coronavirus gets transmitted through droplets that come from your mouth and get into contact with the eyes, mouth, or nose. The droplets travel a maximum of six feet from the infected person. Therefore, if you are within this distance, you are at risk of contracting the virus. While you are at the gym, make sure that the gap between you and the next person is at least two meters or six feet. It will prevent droplets from sneezing or coughing from reaching you.
Avoid going to a gym in Hong Kong with little ventilation; the larger the gym and air outlets, the more the coronavirus concentration will dilute. Your gym should be large, with modern ventilation systems which are sterilized regularly.
6. Avoid the locker room and bathroom
Change and shower at home to reduce the time inside the gym, reducing any cross-contamination risks, especially if you have a gym very close to your home or office. Even if the gym locker room is still open, avoid close contact with other visitors. The bathroom should also be off-limits; schedule a shower at home instead of the gym after working out. Public baths and locker rooms can harbour viruses as many people touch the doorknobs and taps. Make sure you head straight to the bathroom once you get home without coming into contact with anyone in your gym clothes. Carry drinking water from home and avoid the drinking fountain.
7. Wear a mask when it is appropriate
It is not enjoyable to work out while wearing a mask. However, when you are not working out in a common area, you should wear a face mask. Keep the mask on until you leave the gym. When doing lower-intensity training, which does not cause heavy breathing or an elevated heart rate, you can keep wearing your mask.
Masks should be worn by gym staff unless they are in a vigorous work out session. If you see a staff member without a mask, insist on them wearing one as they can infect all of you if they have Coronavirus. Gym staff at professional and certified gyms in Hong Kong always have their masks as they understand how important it is to keep their clients safe from the virus.
8. Do not leave home if sick
When and if you develop cold symptoms, do not go to the gym. Coronavirus has symptoms that resemble those of a common cold or flu. Therefore, if you experience fever, body ache, cold, runny nose, or cough, you should not be working out. Instead, you should see a doctor for a diagnosis to determine if you are suffering from the common cold or Coronavirus. With Coronavirus, the earlier it is diagnosed, the better the results after the treatment. Treating it at an early stage can save you from complications such as being put under a ventilator.
If you are fit enough to work out, there is the option of doing so virtually. Some gyms and fitness clubs started to offer virtual classes to those who cannot physically get to the gym. They provide personal training online or sell workout videos.
9. Safe Use of Hand Sanitizers
One of the safety measures to avoid contracting Coronavirus is the frequent and thorough cleaning of hands. Since we cannot be near soap and running water all the time, hand sanitizers are recommended when travelling or outside the home. Here are guidelines on the proper use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Keep them out of the reach of children. Teach your children how to use hand sanitizer and monitor their use.
- Immediately after using the sanitizer, avoid touching your mouth, eye, or nose; the sanitizer is irritating.
- Apply just a little amount of sanitizer; using a large amount will be wastage.
- Alcohol-based sanitizers are flammable, therefore, do not use near a fire and avoid handling fire like in the kitchen immediately after using the sanitizer.
- Sanitizer should not be swallowed or inhaled as it can be poisonous.
- If you do not have a hand sanitizer, wash your hands using soap and running water, which is equally effective.
In conclusion, when searching for a ‘gym near me,’ you can try out Hybrid MMA & Fitness Gym in Hong Kong. We clean and sanitize our equipment before use and after work out sessions. Our gym equipment is well spaced to maintain physical distance as recommended by relevant health institutions. If anyone has a fever or cough symptoms, they are not allowed to enter the gym. You do not need to worry about getting infected with Coronavirus while at our gym in Hong Kong, as we follow all safety measures.