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Are you ready to get back to the gym? Take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the Coronavirus.

Particles can be transmitted by putting hands to mouth or by talking. Some employers have installed screening for a second contact with anyone who has just spent time at the gym. They will have equipment put in place that can capture particles that are sent into the air during activities like ab crunches and sit ups, but most people don’t put on a mask or use a hand sanitizer during activities like those.

Breathing in particles means that you’re breathing in virus particles. A high level of concentration of a virus can cause a severe illness.

Many gyms are implementing “medical contact precautions,” which means touching or shaking hands when entering a gym is a no go. The CDC offers more information on what the CDC considers risky behaviors.

In general, it will probably be better to take precautions while exercising rather than to avoid exercising all together.

Be aware of the health risks of exercising on hard surfaces. Stairs, treadmills, yoga mats, bleachers and the mat in a yoga studio are all potential ways the virus can spread.

Individuals who are ill with the coronavirus shouldn’t visit gyms.

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