The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everything in our lives, including how we exercise.
While gyms are slowly beginning to open across the country in several states, the first question will be how safe are they?
While some gyms have gotten clean bills of health from doctors who say that sweat can’t pass COVID-19 germs, the CDC says the jury is still out.
Meanwhile, exercise equipment at a gym are some of the most passed around and touched surfaces by strangers. A treadmill or barbell may be used as many as 10 to 20 times by strangers within a gym.
In the meantime, just because there is a pandemic out there making a small percentage of the population sick doesn’t mean that people should abandon exercise.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends for adults to stay healthy that they get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity each week. In addition, at least two days a week of muscle-strengthening exercises are recommended.
Because open gymnasiums are, and could be seen as quite an iffy adventure for quite some time, increasingly, people are turning to home gyms.
In fact, a recent Wall Street Journal Article indicates many gym customer who regularly attended gymnasiums have decided they will never go back again to a brink and mortar gym.
To attract people during the pandemic, many gyms offered extremely cheap spinning, Pilates, and aerobic classes, and now that people have experienced the wide variety of exercises out there on the cheap, they are setting up home gyms like they are going out of style.
And with the average cost of a home gym costing $1300 or less, versus around $6950 over a 10 year period for a commercial gym, the convenience, money savings, and personal health safety add up.