If you’re thinking about mixing up your home workout routine and heading back to the gym then keep these top tips in mind to ensure you’re putting your safety first. It’s more important than ever to be safe in the gym, both in terms of hygiene, but also in terms of easing yourself back into fitness safely.
The best ways to protect yourself haven’t changed: when you’re at the gym make sure you limit contact with others, wash your hands regularly, and wipe down equipment before and after you use it.
Remember, if you’re following my program there’s no need to head back to the gym unless you want to. My workouts can be done at home or in the gym with exactly the same results!
However, if you do want to head to the gym then here are my top tips to help put your safety first.
Bring your own towel
It’s a good idea to bring your own towel and keep your towel for your face and body only. You may already carry your own towel to the gym – both to wipe yourself down and to wipe equipment down with. During these strange times it’s important to only use your towel for your face and body and not the equipment you’re using. Use separate items to clean down any equipment and machinery after use such as antibacterial wipes.
Change at home
Changing and showering at home will reduce the time you’re in the gym, it will also reduce any chances of cross-contamination. Be sure to jump in the shower as soon as you get home and pop your workout clothing straight in the wash.
Familiarise yourself with the layout
It may have been a while since you were at the gym and it’s likely that a lot will have changed, both in terms of layout and safety precautions.
It’s a good idea to have a look around as soon as you arrive to help you get to know where everything is so that you can avoid wandering around looking for things more than you need to.
Be sure to locate all cleaning products when you arrive so that you know where to go and what to use. If you’re not sure, ask the gym staff who will be happy to help guide you.
Keep a travel size hand sanitizer in your gym bag
It goes without saying that carrying a hand sanitizer with you as you go about your workout is a great way to keep your hands clean and avoid cross contamination. Try to sanitize your hands regularly, especially after touching gym equipment and door handles.
Keep your phone in a ziplock bag
Are you going to be using your phone to guide you through your workout? Try putting it into a transparent zip lock bag so that you can avoid touching it directly. If you do need to take your phone out of the zip lock bag then make sure you clean it with sanitizing wipes after your workout.
Remember, if you are unsure of anything, want advice or just to share your progress I’m only an email away. You can get in touch with me at email@example.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible.