Gyms have reopened across most of Canada and that means membership fees have restarted. Many people now have to decide whether to return to the gym, or freeze or cancel their memberships and stick to home workouts.
Safety will be top of mind for most people weighing their options. Here’s what you should consider when deciding whether or not to return to the gym in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are gyms safe?
While provinces have announced that gyms can reopen in almost all regions, each individual still needs to weight their own personal risks and benefits and decide for themselves, Dr. Samantha Hill, a cardiac surgeon and president of the Ontario Medical Association, told Healthing. The safety of a gym will depend on a number factors, including what steps the facility has taken to mitigate the risk and the number of active COVID-19 cases in the region.
“When I think about the gyms I’ve attended and gone to, the ventilation is never great. They’re always closed. They’re always underground. They rarely have windows. When I think about myself on a treadmill, I know I’m breathing heavy,” Hill said.