How to avoid germs while working out at the gym

From full coverage gloves to social distancing while working out, people are getting used to new rules at the gyms. While you may be cautious about returning to the gym, there are a few things you can do to avoid germs.

Gyms are a tough place to keep clean.

“They are tough because you are sweating a lot, a lot of different people there touching the same surfaces,” said Dr. Catherine Troisi, PhD, Epidemiologist with UTHealth School of Public. “And you are breathing heavily hopefully, that is the point of going to the gym. So, you may be expelling more droplets of saliva which can be contaminating equipment.”

There are a few precautions you can take to minimize your risk of contracting the virus while at the gym.

Exaggerated social distancing

You may be used to hearing about keeping six feet away from others during this time. Dr. Troisi explains why you should consider keeping your distance from others in the gym.

”You are breathing heavily and you are expelling those droplets of saliva which can contain the droplets farther,” Dr. Troisi said. “I would want to be more than six feet from someone else.”

Sanitize again and again