The first fitness studios in North Rhine-Westphalia opened again earlier this week. The other federal states will follow soon.
Resistant germs, flu viruses and other germs were found in a study on 25 percent of the surfaces of devices in four different training facilities.
The plans of the federal states include various steps in their hygiene concepts as to how everyone should train safely in the gym. But it is good to make provisions yourself.
The first studios in North Rhine-Westphalia opened again earlier this week. Most of the eleven million members of fitness clubs in Germany have had enough of talking shop about the reproduction number R and now only want to reproduce one thing: muscles and endurance. The studios will soon open again in other federal states.
You have to be extra careful
be, because gyms are considered a hoard of germs. beginning of the year
According to the New York Times, researchers published a study in which they
resistant germs, flu viruses and other germs on 25 percent of the surfaces
of equipment found in four different training facilities. “At a
high density of people who train and sweat in confined spaces
they stipulate conditions in which communicable diseases simply spread
can, ”says study author James Voos, head of surgical orthopedics at
University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center and senior sports doctor of one of the
Football teams Cleveland Browns.
Devices in studios have many jobs
from which the virus can hide. They have “various
Metal handles in strange shapes that athletes can touch, ”says the
Medic Deverick Anderson, director of the Center for Infection Prevention
the Duke University Medical Center. “They are difficult to disinfect.”
Metal can survive the corona virus for up to three hours. “But the people
can do several things to minimize risk, says Anderson.
Weigh the risk of virus infection against other risks
The plans of the federal states include various steps in their hygiene concepts as to how everyone should train safely in the gym. The aim is not just to disinfect devices before and after training, or to limit the number of members who are allowed to enter a room. Bavaria, for example, stipulates that one person can exercise on seven square meters, but not for more than an hour.
This may be enough for some athletes. Another is just warming up at this point. For example, anyone who has completed a course with endurance training such as soccer or Zumba of 50 minutes should no longer stretch. However, stretching after sports is considered essential for muscles, ligaments and joints among physiotherapists and sports doctors. The connective tissue should remain flexible so that sports injuries are prevented. Again, it will be important to compare the risk of a virus infection with other risks.
Anyone who train safely in the equipment room
want, the device should disinfect itself before training and not itself
rely on the fact that the predecessor has already done so
has done satisfactorily. If you take the elliptical machine with
Spraying disinfectant, it should act for a minute so everyone
Viruses are actually killed. It is important that that
Disinfectants give the usual standards that corona virus meets.
“Whatever you do, the risk will never be zero”
Medic Anderson advises athletes to use several
Take clean towels with you. “I would use a towel for this, hands
and wipe my face so I don’t touch my face, and a
other that is on the weight bench, “or the yoga mat.
Many gyms have strict ones
Hygiene regulations were established long before corona times.
Disinfectant dispenser, continuous cleaning of the changing rooms or
even fresh towels for members are standard in some studios.
“Whatever you do, the risk will never be zero,” says Anderson. Still, there are as many mental and physical health benefits from the workout. His approach was to know the risks, minimize them and definitely start training again.