Staying active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and many people during this time are opting to exercise outdoors rather than go to their local gym or fitness facility. Exercising outdoors (on your own) is the safest option, but if you choose to go to the gym there are a few things to remember.
Certain group physical activities including spin classes, hot yoga and high intensity interval training (HIIT) are suspended for now. Venues that organize or operate other types of indoor group physical activities must suspend them temporarily while new guidance is being developed. These activities include gymnastics, dance studios, martial arts, yoga, pilates. strength and conditioning and cheerleading. Once guidance is completed, indoor group fitness activities will need to update their safety plans and post it publicly.
Gyms and recreation facilities that offer individual workouts and personal training sessions remain open.
When you pack a bag to go to the gym, make sure to bring items that you might normally use communally.
- A full water bottle
- Hand sanitizer to ensure you have a way to clean your hands between the use of different pieces of equipment (if hand washing is not possible).
- Personal items for use in the change rooms (such as hairdryers, deodorant, soaps, etc.).
- Your own towel (rather than those provided by a linen service).
- If you use equipment during your workout, bring your own if possible (such as helmets, racquets, goggles, yoga mats, gloves, weight belts, ankle guards, etc.)
When at the gym, don’t share water bottles or other drinks, choose exercises that keep you in the same spot and at least 2 metres away from others, and clean or disinfect equipment after use – wait for equipment surfaces to air dry naturally before using. Wash your hands before and after a workout and use hand sanitizer when transitioning between pieces of equipment.
Group classes involve the most risk, so ensure that spacing is adequate or the class is being held outdoors if you choose to participate.
If you use the services of a personal trainer, consider the use of technology for virtual training where possible. If you are meeting with your trainer in person, avoid physical contact during sessions and maintain physical distance. Avoid activities that necessitate close contact (e.g., needing spotters during weight training, sparring in martial arts, and games in contact sports).