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In fact, gym workouts topped a poll of activities that the British public (14%) is most looking forward to post-lockdown.1
So, with the re-opening of leisure venues in late July, all leisure facilities have been working their socks off to create a safe environment for their customers to return. Whilst some gym-goers are eager to return as soon as possible, leisure venues understand that the majority of their customers will only return once they have proven that their venue is safe to visit. It is therefore critical to recognise the myths regarding exercise and Covid-19, to understand how leisure venues have adapted to keep you safe and recognise what you can do to help.
While the Covid-19 virus can stay on some surfaces for up to two or three days, it’s important to remember that these surfaces are easily cleaned with common household disinfectants (which kill the virus). All venues have drastically stepped up their cleaning protocols ready for your arrival
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through sweat.
There is no evidence that Covid-19 is any more transmittable in a hot, humid environment than any other. The best way to protect yourself against Covid-19 is by maintaining social distancing and frequent hand washing, and the use of anti-viral/bacterial hand gels.
As long as all touch points are cleaned pre and post use, water fountains are safe.
People should NOT wear masks whilst exercising, as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably. Sweating can make a mask become wet, which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms. The most important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance from others.
While gloves are useful in some circumstances, in a leisure facility using hand sanitiser and wiping down equipment before and after use is more appropriate.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through water, hot tubs or spas.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have advised that the risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus is extremely low.
Your leisure venue will likely look and feel a little different on your first visit.
Whether you are a gym-bunny, class goer or if you visit a personal trainer, your help and support is now needed more than ever.
As a Register of Exercise Professionals-accredited training provider, Nicola consults for leading health and fitness brands and regularly contributes to press publications.Find out more about Nicola Addison.