While lockdowns have driven many to visit gyms with a vengeance there are many more who are worried about coronavirus transmission. The truth is until the vaccine is out people in the high-risk category should avoid public spaces. The elderly, people with underlying health conditions, people with immunity disorders, and those with compromised immunity should stay away from public spaces. Gyms by default are breeding grounds for germs due to high concentrations of sweat, heavy breathing accompanied with respiratory droplets, high touch areas like dumbells, weights, etc.
Having said that gyms have adapted to be as germ-free as possible. During the lockdown, many gyms have invested in a deep clean, and thorough sanitization of all their equipment. Hand sanitizers have been provided throughout the gym, especially at the entrance of all the facilities. The equipment has been spaced out to maintain social distancing and floor markings have been drawn to indicate the spacing that gym-goers need to maintain. Cleaning and sanitization of equipment between usage is mandatory with extra cleaning supplies kept for gym-goers to use. Much of the ventilation has been cleaned out to prevent bacteria buildup.
So while gyms have done all to adhere to health and safety standards there are some important tips and pointers gym-goers need to follow to be safe.
1. As soon as you enter the gym sanitize your hands.
2. Wipe down every equipment before and after you use it.
3. Carry your own towel that you keep on your shoulder to wipe down your sweat. Do not use your hands. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
4. Maintain at least 2 meters of distance between you and other members.
5. whenever possible wash your hands with soap and water.
6. Ensure to wash your gym clothes after every use and shower before you go about your normal routine.
While these extra measures may seem like an inconvenience there is a growing consensus that these will be the regular norm going forward. Washing hands regularly, keeping social distancing, sanitizing, all these are set to become mandatory everyday behaviors. Just like the bubonic plague caused all of Europe to adopt a more hygienic lifestyle and invest heavily in cleanliness and sanitization. Much of the health and cleanliness standards we enjoy today are a direct result of the bubonic plague. It took the death of millions to get local governments in Europe to adopt more strict measures of garbage disposal, sewage treatment, and sanitization. Childbed fever claimed the lives of hundreds of new mothers between 1840 -1856 until the doctors realized that washing their hands before delivery could prevent these deaths. So let’s wash our hands with soap for 20 seconds, it truly can and has saved lives.