Coronavirus (a.k.a. COVID-19) has been spreading seemingly everywhere, & most of the world is concerned. When it comes to health & wellness, this virus is a real wake-up call on hygiene in gyms & studios. Fitness centers are doing a lot more to ensure that their spaces are clean and sanitary for students & gym goers to use. But, there is even more you can do to protect yourself and still stay healthy and well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends “everyday preventive actions to avoid the spread of this respiratory disease.” Whether you are worried about coronavirus or not, here are a few tips to help protect yourself in and out of the gym or studio.
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Wash & sanitize your hands often
First things first — wash your hands well. If you need a refresher, here’s a guide on how to best wash your hands. It is also very beneficial to carry around hand sanitizer with you, I personally use Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizer. Make sure to use enough to cover every part of your hands, including any jewelry you wear on your hands.
Wipe down any shared surfaces
Whether it’s in the office or in an airplane, it’s a very good idea to be diligent about wiping down any shared surfaces with sanitizing wipes. Especially when you are at the gym or studio, it is important to use sanitizing wipes on any machines, weights, straps, and mats both before and after use. This is not only to protect yourself, but also as a courtesy to those who use it after you. Try out the EO Hand Cleansing Natural Fiber Wipes.
Use a towel as a barrier
An additional way to protect yourself is to also use a towel as a barrier between you and any shared surfaces while in the gym. Consider carrying two with you — one to spread across each mat or machine and one to wipe sweat from your face (and remember which one is which!). Also remain conscious of what surfaces the fabric touches, and which areas are still clean. If needed, toss your towel in the laundry bin mid-workout in exchange for a new one.
Bring your own stuff
If you are concerned about all of the shared surfaces in a fitness studio, it’s a good idea to consider bringing in your own equipment, such as a mat, straps, or light weights. That way you can still enjoy your group fitness class without worrying about who used your equipment prior to you. And obviously still wipe down your own equipment to keep them clean and sanitary.
Be careful with water fountains
Drinking fountains can carry a lot of germs, so it is important to be extra cautious when staying hydrated at the gym. Make sure to not use the mouth piece to drink water, if you must refill at the gym, use the spout for your water bottle, but make sure it doesn’t make any contact with the spout. And this should be obvious, but don’t share cups or water bottles with others.
Keep your hands away from your face
Touching shared equipment and other surfaces and then your nose or eye is a sure fire way to contract coronavirus (or any virus going around that is), so try your best to not touch your face.
Limit skin to skin contact with others
Since contagious diseases are often spread through direct physical contact, it is important to avoid kissing, hugging, high-fiving, hand-shaking, and even hands-on adjustments from the instructor. Remember: a warm smile or a namaste is better than a handshake.
Keep a social distance
During some popular fitness classes, it is difficult to maintain a safe distance from other students & their equipment. But always distance yourself from anyone who is coughing or sick, and also maintain a safe distance for even those who have no symptoms. If you are really concerned about the spread of COVID-19, consider attending less crowded classes or no classes at all.
Workout at home
If you aren’t feeling comfortable with going to the gym or the studio in the wake of coronavirus, you can work out at home! You can find some of my favorite online streaming yoga & fitness services here! Though ClassPass also offers in-person fitness classes & gym time, with your membership you can also get FREE audio & video workouts from ClassPass Live. They offer a variety of classes including, yoga, meditation, HIIT, cardio, strength training, & treadmills workouts just to name a few! If you aren’t a ClassPass member, you can get two weeks FREE on me!
Stay Home if Your Feeling Sick
Last but not least, if you aren’t feeling well, please stay home. That’s not just for your well-being, but also others you might cross paths with. Always keep tissues handy and make sure to sneeze in your elbow to keep from spreading germs. If you are interested in natural remedies to keep your immunity up, oil or oregano, garlic, plus a tea blend of honey, lemon, ginger, & turmeric really do the trick for me!