It has been a long time without gyms being open in Ireland and it’s safe to say things will be different when they reopen on the 7th of June.
Many of us are now used to home workouts and have even invested in home gym equipment. With lockdown restrictions easing and gyms reopening in Ireland this month it’s likely that the vast majority will be confused when making the decision on where to work out this Summer.
We can see that the number of cases are steadily falling and the vaccine roll out is well underway. All we need to do is trust that our sport and leisure facilities are safe and there are a couple of things we can do to help keep it that way and limit the spread of Covid-19 in gyms.
1. Start small and enjoy the return to the gym.
It’s safe to say that it’s been a while since we could run on a treadmill, or lift heavy weights. Whatever you do in your exercise regime, take it nice and easy. Give yourself time to adapt to the gym environment, be sure that you stretch and warm up to reduce the risk of picking up an injury on your first session back.
2. Do as much as you can at home.
This may sound contradictory, as the gyms are open and we are all eager to get back through the gym doors. But it is strongly advisable to limit any unnecessary time in the gym and we can easily do this by getting ready and showering at home. Limiting our time in locker rooms and also limiting our exposure to the virus and let’s be honest, who prefers a locker room to your own home bathroom. We believe that this may not seem as inconvenient as it would have been pre-pandemic, but it’s worth mentioning that we still have to stay home where possible. So if you are in a position to limit your time in the gym, you should do it. It will give you time for an extra couple of minutes to warm up effectively!
3. Pre book gym classes and sessions online.
Many gyms are offering facilities to book your slot on the gym floor or in gym classes prior to arrival, which is a great way to secure your session, bump up your motivation to get back to the gym and also while making the most of reduced capacities. Gyms are doing their best to make it easier and safer than ever before to get your workout done in the gym, as opposed to zoom (and we don’t want to go back there).
4. Do your part to keep your gym clean.
It goes without saying that we don’t want gyms to become a breeding ground for Covid-19. This makes gym etiquette more important and possibly even more strict in some gyms when we return. However, we recommend that instead of using your personal sweat towel to wipe down gym machinery, you should use items such as sanitary wipes and antibacterial spray (that may even be provided by the gym itself) to make sure it’s as safe as possible.
5. Feeling unwell? Stay home.
You might be so exposed to the “Stay Home” messaging after the situation we have been dealing with the last 15 months, but it still very much applies. If you are feeling under the weather, even if it’s not a Covid related symptom, it’s common courtesy to other gym goers to stay away from the gym for at least ten days and if possible, continue your fitness routine at home.
Just one final reminder from us, to keep applying social distancing measures, make sure that you continue to regularly wash and sanitize your hand after any sort of public exposure or activity and of course, continue to stay safe.
We are now on the home stretch and we should be excited and delighted that gyms will soon be another step in the right direction towards what we all saw as normality in early 2020.