Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everything across the world was shut and now, things are resuming under the unlock phase.
Gyms and yoga centers didn’t get a nod of approval to re-open despite the fact that various services resumed as the risk it posed was higher but now, the government has allowed the re- opening of them from August 5; condition that it should be outside the containment zones.
Furthermore, in order to prevent the spread of virus, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also issued detailed guidelines on preventive measures that need to be taken at these centres.
Here’s what doctors have to say about safeguarding yourselves in this time.
It is important to ensure that you are always 6 feet away on all four sides, from the next person, and don’t spend more than 5 minutes talking to one person. Talking with a mask can cause accumulation of germs, and can cause it to fall off the nose while speaking.
Think that everyone around them is COVID positive. Keeping this is mind, it will be easier to resort to the habits which helps in fighting virus like social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands. Considering the number of cases in every city, and the speed at which the virus is spreading, it is best to avoid crowded spaces.
If you are planning to hit the gym, ensure that it has good air ventilation, or have an outdoor setup because in the absence of air circulation, the virus can spread rapidly from one person to another.
The equipments are used by multiple people. Although, under the fresh guidelines, it has been instructed to sanitise them after every use, it is safe and good to wash hands with soap or sanitise them. To further keep yourself safe, you can wear surgical mask whilst working out but be careful, if you start to sweat too much, it’s time to safely dispose of the mask and wear a fresh one.
Although gyms have a common provision dedicated to drink water but since it can be used by multiple people, it’s best to carry your own bottle of water.
Last but not the least, if you live with elderly people, young children or a person with co-morbities, ponder over your decision of joining gym as your decision can put others at risk.