It’s hard to believe that we’re in the middle of fall. This year has gone by in a flash, while also dragging along dealing with a global pandemic with no end in sight. As we approach cooler weather, you may wonder whether moving your exercise indoors is safe. It’s less tempting to go for walks outside when the wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour, or it’s cold and wet.

Many gyms have re-opened, and many with good cleaning policies. They require you to wear a mask while indoors, and that’s for your safety as well as those around you. Some may also limit the number of people exercising at the same time. However, indoor exercise has a higher risk of virus spread, as intense exercise involves heavier breathing and can potentially increase droplets in the air. Further, you don’t know if the person exercising two treadmills away from you is experiencing symptoms. For now, if you’re nervous about working out at the gym, it’s still safer to exercise at home and outdoors (weather permitting).

However, we know there are those out there itching to get back to it. If you plan to exercise at a gym, here are four tips to keep healthy.

  1. Wipe down the equipment before AND after use. While this is good practice even without a pandemic, it will help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.

  2. Keep your mask on, even though working out with one is difficult. We know it’s hard to exercise with a mask over your mouth and nose – we get it. But, if you’re like me and the thought of working out at home makes you cringe, and you must get back to the gym – WEAR A MASK.

  3. Keep your distance from anyone else in the gym. Don’t hover around a piece of equipment if someone else is using it. Move on to another machine and then come back to it later.

  4. If you’re not feeling well, stay home.

We know that attending physical therapy appointments in-person may be nerve-wracking too, but rest assured we’re taking all necessary precautions to keep you protected. Exercise will always help your immune system, so be sure to stay active, but we want you to stay safe, too. If you want to know more about our COVID-19 policies, click here.

Stay safe and healthy out there!

By Laura Vroman