Updated: Aug 21, 2021
Although gyms have not reopened yet, things are certainly not as how they used to be and we have to get used to the new rules of working out in public. Gone are the days when we could just stroll in the gym and do whatever we wanted in a carefree way. No, in post-corona times, we must adhere to the new rules of the gym, set out by governments, doctors and fitness experts.
1.The virus can exist on surfaces for over a week so only take the essentials to your gym sessions.
2.keeping your gym gear to the minimum and to “come to the gym in your gym clothes, avoid changing at the gym. Leave any bags you may have in the car, or at home if possible.
3.Bringing your own supplies is also recommended: keep you workout shoes separately in your gym bag and make sure you bring your own water bottles and avoid using the communal water fountains.
4.Wearing gym gloves is also recommended as it makes you less likely you’ll accidentally touch your face.
5.Its important being vigilant and keeping a low profile when working out in the gym in post-corona times.
6.Be sure to bring your own towel to wipe away the sweat to stop any unwanted sweat from flying all over the place.
7.Make sure that you use hand sanitizer in between using different pieces of equipment.
8.Have an organised structure for your workouts.
9.Don’t get frustrated with the gym staff if there are longer waits for equipment or limits on classes.
10.Some gyms have apps that let you check how many people are present, I would really recommend using these features if your gym has them. If not, avoid the peak times.
11.Also recommends taking breaks from the gym every couple of days to avoid injury. Development will be progressive and you don’t want to jump straight back into a full and intense routine.
12.Also suggests alternating between exercising at home and at the gym to further reduce risk of infection. “If you like to do cardio at the gym, go to the park instead. If you enjoy cycling, perhaps consider investing in a bike. There’s also plenty of strength exercises you can do at home that don’t require equipment.
13.Once back home after your session, you might want to clean your clothes/bags and yourself too by jumping into the shower (you don’t have to wash your clothes in the shower). As Dr Suresh says, “Remove your gym clothes and put them on a high temperature wash. You might also want to wipe down your phone with something like an alcohol wipe. Lastly, shower. Do this as you normally would. Make sure you wash all surfaces of the skin gently with warm water and soap.
14.Finally just chill and get used to post corona life.