A survey done for the year 2014 showed that 51 per cent of Canadians made a resolution to improve their health and fitness, and this year is likely no different.
Whether you are a “resolutioner” with a newly acquired gym membership or a health nut getting back to your routine after the holidays, there is no excuse for bad manners while working out. Since exercising is hard enough, here is a simple list of tips for the gym.
Where to take a break
While the loud music, DJ booth and women dressed in spandex might get you confused, your gym is not a nightclub and the weightlifting bench is not your VIP booth. If you choose to take breaks during your workout, let others use the equipment while you take a walk or sit down elsewhere.
Keeping it clean
Sharing equipment can get messy. Always disinfect equipment after using it (by spraying the disinfectant on the TOWEL). Also, keep things tidy by returning all dumbbells, mats, etc., to their proper place.
No phone zone
You want big biceps, not bigger vocal cords, so leave your cell phone behind when working out. This rule also applies to the locker room, since nobody feels comfortable barely clothed when there are strangers with camera phones around.
In the locker room
The locker room is not your personal dressing room, so be careful not to hog too much space when it is busy. Before you leave, don’t forget to throw your towels in the laundry bin or pack them up and take home or return your water bottle.
Unwise to advise
Even if your inner fitness coach cringes at your fellow gym-goer’s technique, it is not polite to offer unsolicited advice to someone you don’t know. Besides hurting his or her ego, it may also result in one of you getting hurt, most likely the other person since your pointers might not be appropriate for them. If you’re genuinely concerned, alert a trainer who will approach the person, offer professional advice, and maybe even gain a new client.
Made it to the end without breaking a sweat? Don’t feel too good about yourself, that was the easy part!