While hitting the gym can be great for your health, if you’re not careful, going to the gym could also put you in some physical danger as well. So to ensure that that time you spend at the gym is completely for your benefit and doesn’t leave you physically or emotionally hurt, here are three tips for staying safe when going to and from the gym.
During the global pandemic, many gyms had to close down for safety reasons. But now that gyms are able to start opening their doors again, it’s still wise to be careful about your health and safety when spending time there.
Ideally, you shouldn’t go to the gym unless you’re feeling completely healthy. While you’re there, it’s best to not touch your face at all while you’re working out, as you could very easily transfer germs from your surroundings into your eyes, nose, or mouth this way. And then, when you’re done with your workout, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before you leave the gym and again once you get home, just to ensure that you’re not bringing home any of the germs that may have been at the gym while you were working out.
Warm Up And Cool Down
When working out, it’s best to warm-up before you get into intense exercise and cool down once you’re finished. Without this, you could throw something at your body that it’s simply not ready for, which could result in you tearing muscles, straining yourself, or getting gassed too soon in your workout.
As for your cool down, this can be done while you’re at the gym or when you’re on your way home from the gym. If you live close to your gym, consider walking so that you can work a cool down into your exercise routine a little more naturally. Or, even if you have to drive to the gym, parking at the far end of the parking lot can still give you time for a little more of an active cool down as you walk to your car.
Check Your Surroundings
As with when you go anywhere, it’s wise to be aware of what’s around you in order to keep yourself safe. By being vigilant, you can notice if there’s someone who might want to take advantage of you after you’ve just expended a lot of energy at the gym and don’t have much left in the reserves.
Knowing this, you should be extra careful when leaving a gym at night or by yourself. If you’ve felt uncomfortable with this before, you might want to consider some form of self defense, like carrying a weapon of some kind or taking a self defense course.
If you go to the gym a lot to help you stay healthy, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you further protect your health when you’re going to and from your gym.