We know there is alot of discussion out there about how covid safe it is, to go to a gym.
If you’re in two minds about reactivating your gym membership, or perhaps you’ve added a few too many kilos during lockdown and want to join the gym for the very first time, read on...
Science so far tells us that the novel coronavirus doesn’t spread through sweat. And, a widely cited Norwegian study, found no increase in COVID infections among gym goers who regularly washed their hands and followed social distancing measures.
While You’re There
Wondering if you need to pack a mask in your gym bag? The answer is yes, but you currently wont need it whilst your performing exercise in the gym. Masks can make it harder to breathe, and might limit your workout’s intensity.
Any indoor classes that involve heavy physical exertion, wearing a cloth face covering is not advisable, however, if you feel more comfortable, you may wear a mask as you enter and exit the gym and perhaps when you are not exercising. This is completely up to you.
To protect yourself from catching COVID while at the gym, the World Health Organization and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recommend following these tips:
• Don’t go to the gym if you’re sick.
• Limit indoor group classes, especially vigorous ones such as cycling, Zumba, and other high intensity programs. Low intensity classes, like Pilates and yoga, don’t appear to spread the coronavirus as much as high intensity classes.
• Follow social distancing rules when entering and exiting the gym and when using the pool, walking/running tracks, locker rooms, and other shared areas.
• Increase distancing as you increase the intensity of your workout. Vigorous activities like spin class increase the number of breaths you take, which could let more respiratory droplets to collect in a room.
• Wipe down free weights, resistance bands, and gym equipment with disinfectant before use. You can catch COVID if you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes. We have several Disinfectant Wipes stations around the gym. Be sure to use them and wipe down before and after use of each piece of equipment.
• Bring your own yoga mats and blocks. You can also bring your own resistance bands, if you prefer. Otherwise, bands are available, but, like everything else, must be wiped down before and after use.
• Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol before using machines and other gym equipment. BYO or use one of our several Sanitising stations in the gym.
When You Leave
The best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus or any germs is to properly and regularly wash your hands. After touching any gym equipment, and when you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Toss your gym clothes in the washer, and don’t forget to disinfect any items you brought with you to the gym, such as yoga mats or resistance bands.
We are extremely fortunate to live in a country which has done very well with combating COVID-19. Providing we continue to practice self hygiene, social distancing and recognise when we feel unwell, going to the gym is a fantastic way to keep both your mind and body in a healthy and happy state. Look after yourselves as well as looking out for your fellow humans. One Health & Fitness prides itself in offering a safe, friendly and welcoming environment. We look forward to seeing you in our healthy community.