Gyms across the state are now open and, although people are eager to get back, many remain leery. If you are considering returning to your local gym (or if you already have) here are some things you can do to minimize your exposure and help keep yourself safe.
Go to the gym during off peak-hours
The risk of infection increased during periods of peak occupancy. Most gyms are busiest between 5:30 and 7pm. If you can avoid those times and instead go in the early morning or during your lunch hour, that would be best.
Wipe Down Equipment
Thankfully, the coronavirus appears to be very susceptible to these cleaning and disinfecting agents.
Many gyms provide disinfectant wipes or sprays for members to use on equipment. If you choose to bring your own wipes, look for ones that contain at least 60 percent alcohol or chlorine bleach—or just make sure it's actually a disinfectant wipe, and not just designed for personal hygiene.
Keep your hands off your face
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth when working out at the gym. The way we infect ourselves isn’t by touching dirty surfaces, but by bringing the virus from the hands to the face.
Practice good hand hygiene
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you're done with a machine, or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Make sure you also do so before touching your face or any part of your water bottle you put your mouth on. Do so again before leaving the gym.
Stay home if you’re sick
The CDC recommends staying home if you’re sick. This means being responsible and choosing to stay home even when you are only mildly ill and might otherwise decide to power through a workout. You can still jog or workout at home, but avoid the gym!