As some states ease lockdowns, gyms and fitness centers are re-opening to the public with additional precautions against coronavirus infection.

Some states are beginning to re-open for business — and that includes gyms, many of which are taking extra precautions to keep clients safer. In an environment with a lot of sweating and high-touch surfaces, it’s hard to eliminate the risks of possible contagion, and there’s a lot we don’t about what your trip to the gym might look like in the coming weeks and months. 

For now, it’s important to understand the risks before you decide to go back. If you do, avoid high-touch surfaces and close contact with other people during your workout. 

There’s still risk involved even if you’re careful

Any contact with other people is going to carry a risk of infection, Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, previously told Insider. Whether you’re with a small group of friends or hitting the weight room alongside other fitness buffs, your relative safety will depend on how well other people have followed the rules and taken precautions. 

“Every time you figuratively or literally open the door a little wider, there’s that risk,” Schaffner said. “You have to decide how much of that increased risk, however small, you’re willing to accept.”

Wipe down any equipment before and after using it, and limit your contact with surfaces

Avoid fitness classes or any small, enclosed spaces

Physical distancing is still crucial

Overall, like anything else right now, the decision to go to the gym is a personal one, and while you can (and should) take precautions, it’s up to each person to weigh the risks and benefits for themselves. 

Medical reference: Yahoo