Monday, February 26, 2024

Returning To The Gym? Here’s What You Can Do To Feel Safer

This past year has taken a toll on our mental and physical health. Here’s what you can do to feel a little more safe if you’re rejoining the gym.

Just when we started to recover from the past year, COVID-19 cases started to rise again. And while we should kind of know how this works by now, this situation still feels new and scary, especially since states and businesses are doing things their own way. Gyms are some of the businesses most affected by the pandemic and a big source of anxiety for people.

While working out can be done anywhere, some people prefer to go to a place where they can be a part of a community, where they’re encouraged by other people’s progress. That’s totally fair and something that should be done if it ends up making you feel better and happier in the long run.

Here’s what you can do to feel safer in the gym:

Follow COVID-19 safety guidelines

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In order to do what you want to do and continue to feel safe, it’s important to do the stuff that you know works. Getting vaccinated is first, providing thorough protection from the virus and protecting your community as well. After that, you should learn your state, county and gym guidelines. While so many rules can be overwhelming, knowing them can help ease your anxiety and give you some control over the situation. Wear your mask and keep a distance from people, especially if they’re unvaccinated. Wipe down the equipment you use and keep washing your hands.

Do what feels comfortable to you

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If joining a socially distanced gym class feels comfortable to you, go ahead. If working out in a machine alone makes you feel safer, do that. There’s no right or wrong way to act, and if you’ve been battling COVID-19 anxiety and are in a gym then you’re already making progress by trying your best to go back to your normal life.

Be kind to yourself

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The previous year has been a weird one, to say the least. While it may seem that other people are thriving and rejoining the normal world, many are still struggling with anxiety, weight gained over the pandemic, and more. Try your best to be kind to yourself and to celebrate your small wins, whether that’s getting back to the gym or meeting up with friends in a space that feels safe and comfortable to you.


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