Cold weather and a rise in the number of COVID infections throughout the country make it increasingly difficult to find a safe place to get a comprehensive workout. Your apartment community makes it easy to “hit the gym” without leaving home, but you still need to be just as careful in your fitness center as you would be in a public gym. Use some of these tips to help you stay fit and avoid infection.
One of the many benefits of living in an apartment community with a fitness center is that you only share the equipment with the residents of your community. No matter how few people use the gym you frequent, it’s still important to maintain sanitation, mask use, and social distancing to help protect the health and safety of fellow gym-goers and residents.
– Avoid the fitness center and other public amenities when you are feeling sick.
– Wash your hands when you arrive at the gym.
– Wipe down equipment before and after use.
– Do not use public water fountains and avoid touching the spout of your water bottle with your hands.
– Be mindful of touching your phone, headphones, and other personal items after using the equipment. Sanitize these items after your workout.
– When you arrive home, wash your clothes and take a shower.
Working out in a mask may seem like an impossible or unreasonable request, but adjustments to your workout routine can make adapting easier than you think. If you usually perform long, cardio-intensive workouts, this is an excellent time to switch up your routine and try some circuit training. You can keep your heart rate up with short bursts of activity followed by short periods of rest and weight lifting to keep you from feeling like you are gasping for breath.
If you’ve always wanted to try yoga, now is the perfect time to start! The meditative effects have been shown to reduce stress, which can be very helpful as we all face new challenges and stresses because of the virus. The slow, measured breathing also makes it easier to wear a mask and makes it less likely that you might transmit the virus. Pilates is also a great way to get a really effective workout while controlling your breathing, allowing you to keep up your fitness while wearing a mask.
Take some time to learn the patterns of other community members and do your best to work out when the gym is empty so that you do not have to share air with other exercisers. Even with a mask, you can catch or transmit COVID if you are breathing heavily in an enclosed space with another person for as little as 15 minutes. You can plan a few short workouts, perhaps one in the morning and one after work, to minimize your time in the gym. It may even boost your energy level to split your workout into smaller components!
If working out in a fitness center is still not an option for you, check out our blog post about Home Workouts for how to achieve a successful workout right from your apartment!