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Is it safe to go to the gym? Tips to get back to working out safely

If you’re a regular at the gym, your at-home workouts are probably not cutting it. While many gyms are open again, you may be wondering if it’s safe to go. 

Adam O’Brien, director of personal training for FX Well, the managing entity of Texas Health fitness centers, offers up these tips to stay as safe as possible if you decide to head back into the gym: 

Bring your own towel – While gyms launder towels after every use, play it safe and bring your own. 

Wear long sleeves, long pants, a hat and even workout gloves – The less skin exposed, the better, he says. “It’s an extra layer of protection.”

Bring your own water bottle – The water fountains will be sanitized, but having your own container increases your chances of safety.

Plan to shower at home – Even though shower facilities may be open at your gym, in order to limit your overall time in an enclosed space, it’s best to shower at home.  

Observe extra hygiene in the restrooms – After washing your hands, use a paper towel to turn off the water, then to dry your hands and to open the door.

Bring a mask – Members are encouraged to wear masks when arriving and moving throughout the facility, but are not required to wear a mask while exercising. 

Keep in mind that the Texas Medical Association does rank going to the gym as a high-risk activity. 

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