If you’re like many Americans, you’re several weeks into your New Year’s resolution to exercise more in 2021. Normally, this is the time of year that gym membership sign-ups soar throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, gym facilities have been reduced to a mere 25% operating capacity.
If your goal is to get fit this year, staying healthy is a must. That’s why the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys created this guide to protecting yourself from injury and illness while you work towards your fitness goals in 2021. Whether you’re hitting the gym or heading outside to exercise, use these COVID-19 workout tips to stay safe.
Tips for Exercising at Home
The safest and most low-risk way to work out in the midst of the pandemic is to create an at-home workout routine. As coronavirus cases continue to surge in southern Nevada and vaccines slowly roll out, staying home as much as possible can help protect you, your family, and those who are vulnerable to the virus.
Do Bodyweight Exercises
Most of us don’t have the money or space for a full home gym, but you’d be surprised at how much you can do without any equipment. Lunges, squats, and planks are effective bodyweight exercises, don’t require a ton of space, and are quiet enough not to disturb your partner, roommates, or kids in the next room.
If you’re new to exercising, be sure to warm up and pay attention to your form—two common culprits for at-home workout injuries like pulled or strained muscles. Try some gentle stretching beforehand and watch yourself in a mirror to make sure your form is both effective and safe.
Enroll in Virtual Fitness Classes
Missing your group fitness classes? Many local yoga studios and fitness centers are still offering instructor-led classes online via video conferencing apps like Zoom. Services like Peloton also offer in-home training for biking, running, strength training, and more. Grab an exercise mat and get into the flow! Just remember to be mindful of your surroundings and remove any objects that could present a slip and fall hazard.
Make Your Own Home Gym
You can also utilize small accessories like resistance bands, dumbbells, or a jump rope in your routine. If you have the extra space, investing in a treadmill or stationary bike can help you work in some cardio while you’re watching TV or even working from home.
Outdoor COVID-19 Workout Tips
Understandably, staying home all the time can lead to some pretty intense cabin fever. The good news is that you can still exercise outdoors in Las Vegas, so long as you follow some basic social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. Here are some other COVID-19 workout tips for outdoor exercise.
Note: Under Governor Steve Sisolak’s current health directive, face coverings must be worn at all times in public, even outside.
Walk, Hike, or Bike Your Way to Fitness
Southern Nevada’s mild winters gives residents plenty of opportunities to get active outside. There are dozens of hiking trails in and near the Las Vegas area at Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, the Spring Mountains, Lake Mead, and Mount Charleston.This is not to mention the many suburban walking trails and public parks available for use.
If you’re walking, running, or riding your bike, remember to maintain six feet of distance between you and other pedestrians, bicyclists, or hikers. Although you may not be driving, pedestrians and bicyclists are expected to follow the rules of the road just like everyone else. Stick to designated walking or bike paths whenever possible and stay alert while crossing a crosswalk to prevent bicycle and pedestrian accidents.
Hit the Slopes at Lee Canyon
You can also hit the slopes at Mount Charleston for some skiing or snowboarding action. Lee Canyon is keeping skiers and snowboarders safe by adhering to COVID-19 safety practices created by the National Ski Areas Association. Between spacious outdoor slopes, standardized safety gear (which includes face coverings), and slope safety etiquette, skiing or snowboarding remains a relatively low-risk activity for most people.
COVID-19 Workout Tips for the Gym
Going to a gym or fitness center is one of the best ways to get a full-body workout with guidance from a personal trainer. However, this is also the most high-risk exercise option during the coronavirus pandemic. As such, before you visit a gym, consider these questions:
- Does the gym have mitigation measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19? If not, don’t risk it.
- Have you or someone you’ve been exposed to tested positive for COVID-19? If so, stay home!
- Do you or someone you live with have any symptoms of COVID-19? Again, stay home or seek testing.
- Are you currently awaiting COVID-19 test results? Isolate yourself until you know your results are negative and you are free of symptoms.
- Do you have additional risk factors for developing severe COVID-19 illness (i.e., you are older, have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, or other underlying medical conditions)? Consult a doctor before beginning a new workout regimen and consider lower-risk exercise options.
If you do decide to visit a gym, remember to be proactive and follow practical gym safety tips. This means wearing a mask, social distancing, and choosing a gym or fitness center that provides adequate ventilation and disinfecting measures. Be sure to wipe down machines before and after use, and try to limit high-intensity workouts when indoors. You can also stay safe by keeping your workouts brief and visiting the gym during off-peak times.
Remember that gym equipment can pose a serious hazard if you don’t know how to use it properly. If you’re not sure how to use an apparatus at the gym, ask a staff member for assistance. You should also report any gym equipment that looks like it may be damaged or defective to prevent accidental injury.
Get Legal Help If You’ve Been Injured
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while exercising due to the negligence of another person or party, you could be eligible for compensation. At Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, our personal injury lawyers will be with you every step of the way in the personal injury claim process.
To arrange your free, no obligation legal consultation, contact our Las Vegas office 24/7 by calling 702-877-1500. You can also connect with a LiveChat agent online, or send us your case details for review by filling out this form. The call is free, the consultation is free, and you don’t pay a penny unless we win your case.