Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

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Does anyone have an opinion on the pros and cons of going to the gym in the age of Covid-19?

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sbmh2015 Mar 16, 2020 04:45 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Don't go. Need to flatten the curve. Wait a few weeks. See what is happening in places where virus is spreading. Be safe

sacjon Mar 16, 2020 04:50 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Plenty of basic fitness activities you can do at home or in the park, etc. No need to risk it.

Ahchooo Mar 16, 2020 05:02 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

People tend to breathe hard in gyms, so there are probably more saliva droplets to run into. I’d stay away.

SBCountyLocal Mar 16, 2020 05:39 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Stay away. You are just asking to be infected and spread the virus to others. I would not want someones death on my conscience just to go to the gym. Take a walk. Don't be selfish and an idiot.

a-1584409612 Mar 16, 2020 06:46 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

OMG what! Gyms are petri dishes during normal times. I would seriously consider NOT going. And if you must, go late at night and spray down whatever you touch and do not touch your face. That won't stop the possibility of you inhaling it but, that's about that.

Lando Mar 16, 2020 08:27 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Must be the first time I've ever seen all the commenters agreeing on something...

ginger1 Mar 16, 2020 09:09 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

SB YMCA was busy as usual tonight. I went for a walk with the dog instead.

Shasta Guy Mar 16, 2020 09:12 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

AC4 gym members have a key fob to allow 24hr access. I went today at lunch, and there were only about 4 other people. None were huffing and puffing. I’ll probably go very early or very late when few are there. If it’s packed with even one sweaty peson panting on a treadmill then I won’t even go in the front door. At some point the gym will probably close until this blows over. Once Peets and AC4 closes I may go clinically insane.

Nature Boy Mar 16, 2020 09:13 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Don’t do it. Heck, even in non-virus times, don’t do it. There are PLENTY of ways to exercise without paying $60 a month to do it in a special building under fluorescent lights. Walk or run in your neighborhood, go on hikes, do calisthenics or Jane Fonda’s workout at home, lift weights, do yoga with free YouTube videos... ANYTHING but pay some corporation for the privilege of doing what is FREE!

Shasta Guy Mar 16, 2020 09:40 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

AC4 is a Santa Barbara home grown business with two locations. It’s a lot less than $60/mo. Your membership dollars stay in SB supporting locals. I don’t have the room for weight sets.

Nature Boy Mar 16, 2020 09:44 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Shasta, I really wasn’t criticizing the DOLLAR AMOUNT of a gym membership, I’m sure your AC4 is a nice price for you. I was trying to say that even paying $40 a month, or $20, or $10, is often an unneeded expense when, in reality, exercising (i.e. moving one’s body & getting the heart rate going) is fundamentally FREE.

Nature Boy Mar 16, 2020 10:38 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

I hear ya, Sam. I try to put my dollars into the local economy too. My main point was to put those dollars towards causes that don’t sell you something that can be had for free. Just because you don’t pay for gym membership doesn’t mean you can’t spend the same dollars in the community. Just trying to help people looking to save some money in these trying times.

mm1970 Mar 17, 2020 08:44 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Well, I don't really like swimming in the ocean. I like the pool at the YMCA. Indoor and heated. While I am managing during this time with running (that I normally do anyway), lifting at home to videos, and walking the dog - I am VERY MUCH a group exercise person and a person of habit. I work out at 6 am, every day. It is dark. I like working out with people - workout videos, which are fine and all, DO NOT give me that personal connection. They just do not. Even workout videos cost money and support corporations! And corporations employ people.

a-1584462876 Mar 17, 2020 09:34 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Folks don't only go to gyms, the Y in my case, but for the social connection. The class "regulars" know each others faces, tho' often names. We greet each other briefly, sometimes more. Casual everyday social acquaintances that don't expect anything from us, e.g. "It's your turn to take out the garbage + put the toilet seat down on the way out" ;-} , are important to our well-being.

a-1584419944 Mar 16, 2020 09:39 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Don't go! That means it will be empty so I can have more equipment to use :-)

MyHonorStudentB Mar 17, 2020 02:21 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

PRO: You can help someone recapture return on investment, including the national franchise, which could be owned by a multinational.
PRO: You can be an early adopter of the latest virus. Experience life in the intensive care unit.
CON: You miss out on all the hiking and stuff you can do if you are not in the hospital.

oops Mar 17, 2020 07:20 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

I have no concerns about going to my gym daily. like everything else, you need to be exercise due care.

The responsibility is on anyone who doesn't feel well for any reason to stay sef isolated

a-1584462436 Mar 17, 2020 09:27 AM
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Except: the infectiousness of covid19 is why it's spreading so easily + rapidly. Per cidrap.umn.edu: "Investigators calculated that the time from symptom onset in a primary COVID-19 patient to symptom onset in secondary patients... was 4.0 - 4.6 days". So: for 4.0 - 4.6 days before you even suspect that you have contracted it from another symptom-free person, you're passing it to others. <3<3<3 goletaanne

SBnativa88 Mar 17, 2020 09:31 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

We all have a social responsibility to eachother, even if your symptoms are non existant, you can carry the virus on your clothing and it can live up to a few days (no specific time has been confirmed for covid19 but other viruses survive on clothing) So DO NOT GO TO THE GYM, you may not get it but you could give it to the senior citizen that lives alone that has no option but to go out and fend for themselves. I personaly hate working out at home, but I have been getting creative and finding different workouts on youtube. Ive heard people say they go to they gym and wipe everything down.... this is an airborne virus, why would you go to an inclosed building where people go to huff and puff profusely? wiping down equipment does not mean the air is clean in the building.

Alexblue Mar 17, 2020 11:41 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Excuse me, but no! People with Covid19 won't show symptoms for at least a week--so you won't know if you have it and you will be shedding the virus everywhere.

Just help out for a while--you can exercise at home and outside.

Alexblue Mar 17, 2020 02:33 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

OOPS-- look I don't want to be a dick here, but you are seriously ignorant about what is going on.

If low risk people like you continue doing what they do and become infected and don't even know it and then they come in contact with other low risk people and infect them, then we get massive community infection and ultimately the high risk people die.

So don't be so selfish.

jqb Mar 17, 2020 10:01 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

30% of infected Italians are age 20-29. People shed the virus 4-5 days before showing symptoms.

mm1970 Mar 17, 2020 08:40 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

I stopped going last week and am working out at home. I'm middle-aged and healthy, but the vast majority of folks at the YMCA when I go in the morning are elderly, and I do not want to be patient zero.

happy camper Mar 17, 2020 08:48 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

seriously? Other than being stuck in an airport or airplane with many passengers, or on a cruise ship, I can't imagine a less safe environment. Sure you can wipe down the elliptical or treadmill, but all the hand weights and weight machines? how many use those in an hour? and the number of people in a yoga or exercise class? the body sweat and fluids? the locker room and shower?

Yes, we all want to stay healthy, but can't imagine a gym is a great place to do that these days. And in some cities, they have closed gyms, Why is that?

Red Creek Mar 17, 2020 09:12 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Even the UCSB rec center has closed completely... Must be an educated choice by some educated people. Enough said.

a-1584464475 Mar 17, 2020 10:01 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

It's a tough question. If we had more testing, we would know whether or not it's true that only a few people are infected in the ENTIRE COUNTY, and a lot of isolation and economic hardship would be avoided. I swim at Vista del Monte, a heated pool area ripe, I suppose, for spreading infection. And it's in a center for seniors. So I'm not going, though I miss the exercise terribly. I'd considered just walking in and out in just my bathing suit, and not going into the locker room area. I guess I'll start going to the Douglas Preserve where social distancing is already fairly automatic, and walk for an hour to make up for the lack of swimming exercise.

TJTom Mar 17, 2020 10:20 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

I stopped going to my gym over a week ago. They put out a message that they are doing additional sanitizing of the equipment & frequently touched surfaces plus "deep cleaning" every day. However, they traditionally have ongoing problems with cleaning so I don't trust them. One example: There is frequently mold growing on the tiles in the shower. It builds up, most, but not all, gets cleaned up then the cycle repeats even when members report the situation to managemnet. I see no excuse for that.

It's really hard not to touch your face and we have been informed that the virus can survive on surfaces for hours to days. I'm sure that the surfaces are not wiped down between each user. That's not practical anyway.

Some people will say that the risk is low. However, the consequences of catching the virus can be very high for an individual and those they subsequently contact. For all the above reasons, I choose not to use the gym.

Alexblue Mar 17, 2020 11:37 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Look--here's the truth. If you go, you are behaving selfishly and you are contributing to the overall risk for our community our nation and our planet. There are so many ways to exercise that choosing to ignore all of the options and go anyway is really terrible.

Everyone needs to try and put aside the "me" of it all and focus on the "we", at least for a while.

Coolio Mar 17, 2020 11:57 AM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

Lot of folks out there only care about themselves and will not do what's best for the community as a whole like avoiding the gym right now. Plenty of other way to get your exercise inside or outside and away from others..

midair Mar 17, 2020 12:03 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

I was way ahead of the curve. I stopped going to the gym about 2 years ago. You're welcome.

pstarSR Mar 17, 2020 12:40 PM
Gym in the Age of Coronavirus

"does anyone have an opinion?" wow that was an open door for sure. We all have opinions, and the leading one is..... dont go. that is NOT social distancing.

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