Is it safe to go back to the gym?

Is it safe to go back to the gym?

As businesses across the United States have opened their doors, one point of contention has been the opening of gyms. In fact, you might recall gym owners in New Jersey who were arrested for defying shutdown orders.

Before the pandemic, gym memberships were booming in the United States. According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, more than 71.5 million consumers had a health club membership in 2018, or about 1 in 5 Americans.

But the big question remains: Is it safe to go back to the gym right now?

“Overall, I would not recommend going to the gym due to an increased risk of spread of the virus in that environment,” says Dr. Raheel Mody, family medicine physician at the Aurora Health Center in West Bend, WI.

However, if you’re planning to go back anyway, here are some tips Dr. Mody recommends that you can use to help try to protect yourself and others.

  • Go to the gym during off-peak hours.
  • Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet apart).
  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Sanitize exercise equipment before and after using it.
  • Look into workouts that you can do at home.

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  1. Laureal Christian October 14, 2020 at 10:37 am · Reply

    What about swimming? That’s all I do at the gym. Covid can’t be transferred through water, can it?

  2. I have the same question regarding contracting COVID-19- is it safer to swim than use gym equipment.

  3. I go to the gym 4-5 times per week. They are very clean–They clean it out every hour between classes. You can’t lump “gym” together. Each place is different. It is so important for our physical and mental health to exercise and continue our routines.

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