Exercise Safely Indoors During COVID-19
While summer and fall athletes had the benefit of being able to exercise outside safely during the pandemic, winter athletes typically spend their time indoors. While games and tournaments may not happen because they are deemed unsafe, that doesn’t mean winter athletes can’t keep training and stay in shape.
If you need to move your workouts inside, Bon Secours In Motion Sports Performance athletic trainers recommend following these tips to keep yourself and your teammates safe:
Always Wear a Mask
Wearing a mask while sweating and breathing hard sounds awful, but it is truly the only safe way to be around others inside. Try to find a mask that fits you comfortably. Some athletes prefer wearing neck gaiters as they find them more comfortable and breathable. Try to ensure your mask or gaiter fits tightly against your nose and cheeks to offer a good seal. Take your mask off only to drink water and always drink from your own bottle that you brought from home.
Set Up Schedules or Rotations
If possible, team workouts should be split up so that as few people are working out in the same room as possible. This may mean workouts are slightly shorter, with half the team coming in during one hour and half the team in another hour. It might also mean fewer workouts a week. But any workout is better than no workout and especially better than catching COVID-19, which can cause extreme fatigue.
During workouts, you should also set up rotations so that athletes can perform each exercise six feet apart. This may mean some machines don’t get used. As athletes rotate through machines or exercises, they should wipe down all equipment to prevent spread of infection.
Skip Workouts If You Have Symptoms
If you have any symptoms that could be COVID-19, stay home. Don’t endanger others. Symptoms may include coughing, fever, loss of smell or taste, fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or runny nose. Even if you think it is just a cold, do not go workout inside with others.
At Bon Secours In Motion Sports Performance, we can help you design a workout that keeps you strong if your season has been cancelled, so you can be ready for next year. We are following all state recommendations and regulations to keep athletes and trainers safe. Contact us today to learn more about a personalized exercise plan.