Gyms across the country are closing temporarily due to the novel coronavirus but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be physically active. The good news is you can be just as physically active at home, which is the safest option for many right now. You might also be sharing a home gym with others in your home, so it’s important to practice good hygiene and clean your shared equipment regularly. Below, we’re sharing some ways to keep your home gym clean and safe for everyone to use.
WIPE DOWN EQUIPMENT REGULARLY
A great benefit to working out at home is that you don’t have hundreds of people coming in and out throughout the day. But just because your home gym doesn’t have multiple people utilizing it, that doesn’t mean you can set aside the cleaning of your equipment. An easy tip for keeping your home gym clean is to use products like Bacoban disinfecting wipes before and after you use any equipment. This will ensure that you remove as many germs as possible. Be sure to wipe down dumbbells, yoga mats, barbells, jump rope, and anything else you use in your workout.
CLEAN THE FLOORS
It’s also important to clean your home gym’s floor. Whether it’s carpet, hardwood, or rubber tiles, you still want to maintain it. Each type of flooring will demand its own unique maintenance. If you have carpet, you should obviously be vacuuming at least once a week. For rubber tiles and hardwood, a great method is to mop with warm water, dish soap, and vinegar. It’s also worth noting that you should clean your gym top to bottom and if you are doing mat work on the floor, it’s important not to neglect these areas..
ADD A FAN
One way to get rid of the unpleasant smells that might be taking over your home gym is to get some air circulation going. If you can’t open any windows or doors, we suggest that you add a fan to your home gym, which will not only help eliminate the odor, but will also keep things cool as you work out. As far as what kind of fan you should get, an overhead fan is a great option, but you can also just pick up a standing fan and place it in a central location to provide a cool breeze during your workout..
WEAR CLEAN SHOES
A common mistake people make when they workout at home is that they tend to use the same shoes for their indoor workout that they also wear outdoors. If you do this, you risk getting dirt, mud, and other debris inside your home gym. Instead, have a spare pair of shoes that are designated for your indoor workouts; or, don’t wear any shoes at all. This will not only keep your gym shoes in great condition, but your home gym will stay cleaner as well.
USE CLEAN TOWELS
Towels are a great way to help people remain hygienic in the gym. You need to make sure that you regularly wash them however and don’t just throw then over the equipment you were using until your next workout session. So, don’t forget to wash your towels and have a place for old ones in your home gym for when you are done using them. It’s also handy to have a space in your home gym where you can have clean towels and disinfectant wipes for whenever you need to freshen up the space.
WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES
Don’t forget about wearing clean clothes when you work out. As we work out, we tend to sweat, and this sweat and body oils into the fabrics. Many brands have “odour trapping materials” in them but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash them regularly. Dirty clothes can get your gym equipment dirty, creating a cyclical problem. To be as hygienic as possible, simply wear clean clothes.
Another thing you need to take into consideration to keep your gym as clean as possible is to dust it weekly. Many people don’t think about all the dust in their home gym, but it can easily go unnoticed and start to collect all over your gym equipment. Dust in a gym is not good to breathe in, especially for those who suffer from asthma or allergies. Simply use a soft cloth weekly to wipe off equipment, fans, or cords.
WASH YOUR HANDS
Our final tip is a no brainer, yet some people still need reminding. Make sure you wash our hands before and after you work out. Use warm water, soap, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. As you wash your hands, make sure you are really scrubbing your fingers too, since you may touch your face with them. It’s also not a bad idea to have a hand sanitizer bottle hand in your home gym as well.
About Bacoban Canada
Proud to be contributing to the local economy, Bacoban is made in Canada. Their patented solution tackles cleaning and disinfecting with a formula that not only kills 99.99% of bacteria, viruses, and fungi but also resolves the hygiene gap by creating a hygienic surface that prevents the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew.
For more information about their products or to order for your own gym, visit bacoban.ca