When the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic swept across the world, our lives were changed in its wake. Guidelines, rules and recommendations concerning social distancing and social isolation came into place to reduce infection rates and this meant that many of us had to give up our usual hobbies and spend a lot more time indoors. As a result, many haven’t been able to go to the gym and we are feeling unhealthy and more unfit than before.
However, as vaccines are rolled out more facilities are opening back up. Many of us are now turning our minds to returning to fitness, workouts and our gym. If you’re in this position, and not sure how to take care of yourself to minimise risk, here are four tips that should keep you safe.
Tip #1 Remember Hygiene
As life returns to normal, it’s important to remember that we still need to practice Covid hygiene and take precautions when sharing facilities with others. To do this, make sure to:
- Wear a mask when you walk in and out of the gym and from one machine to another.
- Wipe down surfaces on machinery before you use them and then clean any surface that you’ve touched with antibacterial spray.
- Remember to bring and use a hand sanitiser.
Tip #2 Choose Your Gym
If you don’t already have a gym membership, you may be wondering what gym you should attend. Sure most gyms have similar facilities, but there will be some variations in equipment, classes and factors such as whether the gym has a pool, sauna or steam room or not. It’s always a good idea to have a look around first. Most gyms will be happy to show you around and let you have a trial day before you sign up. Also, be sure to ask about their Covid safety measures.
Tip #3 Try Supplements
Chances are if you haven’t worked out as you once did due to Covid, then you may want a little help to boost your recovery time and performance. Supplements pre and post-workout can help you get back into shape with less soreness. These supplements are usually in the form of shakes or juices and they range from prepping your body for an intense workout to aiding muscle growth post-workout.
So, why not try some supplements yourself? There’s nothing to lose. Most supplements will contribute to your recovery after a workout and enhance your routine over time.
To find the right supplement for you, make sure you browse the different options available, such as protein shakes or recov bipeptides, and read plenty of reviews. This will give you insight into whether others have found the products useful or not.
Tip #4 Consider Personal Training
If you want to go all out and really get the most from your workouts after Covid, then you may want to consider investing in the services of a personal trainer. This professional will be able to listen to your goals and determine what exercises will best suit you and your individual needs. They can show you how to safely use equipment at the gym too, which can make things like weights a little less daunting.
Overall returning to the gym should be exciting. If you consider your safety at all times as well as these tips, then you should feel more comfortable with the Covid changes. Plus, remember that these safety precautions are protecting you and others from becoming ill.
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