When Covid hit, many people stopped going to their local gym because they shut down.
I live in an area where many businesses opened up more quickly than the rest of the country.
I decided to wait to go back to the gym, just because so many people are touching equipment and it is easy for germs to spread. When I eventually got the courage to go back to the gym, I noticed that many people were not taking Covid safety precautions. I did not see anyone wearing a mask, including the employees. I saw some people cleaning machines after use, but not everyone. I totally understand that working out in a mask is really hard, but I was hesitant to go back to the gym after seeing that it looked like a place I could easily contract Covid. I asked the front desk person what Covid precautions were being used. He said that recently an air purification system was installed into the HVAC system at the gym. He explained that the air circulating throughout the gym was clean and fresh, therefore this would help stop the spread of disease. I appreciated that the gym decided to install an air purification system into their HVAC , however I still did not feel comfortable. Air purification systems are incredible, but if someone is close to me coughing with no mask I could still get Covid. I decided to continue working out from home. I could control the temperature of my air conditioning, I could ensure that everything is clean, and I do not have to worry about getting sick from the gym. Plus, I have my own air purifier at home.