Following gym etiquette are as important as being well-mannered at the dining table, office or while traveling by public transport. Sometimes, you might forget about people around you in a gym and end up doing things that annoy others. Here’s a look at some of the unsaid rules you must follow when you if you frequent the gym:
1. Avoid gym when you’re sick: If you go to the gym while you battle a flu, tiny microbes are likely to get stuck on equipment. This will result in your gym mates catching the flu as well. While you are down with a cold, but feel like working out, it is better to do an outdoor activity like jogging or brisk walking depending on your condition. If you still want to workout in gym, then ensure that you sanitize all equipment after use.
2. Focus only on what you do: Make sure that you are completely focused on workouts that you do, irrespective of distractions you might face in gym. This will not only make the person working out next you comfortable, but also helps you leave the gym without injuries due to carelessness and have a productive time at gym.
3. Appropriate dressing is important: While appropriate dressing enhances your workout sessions by helping you move comfortably, it also avoids unwanted attention from fellow gym mates — especially if you are in a unisex gym. Wear clothing that covers your body appropriately and which helps you exercise with ease and confidence. Also avoid baggy clothing as you may tend to trip over it or it may get caught between equipment.
4. Share with your gym partner: Learn to share equipment with your gym mates. If you are taking a small break, don’t leave your towel on the machine thinking that it will be available while you return. Let someone else slip in and do his set. That will save everyone’s time.
5. Have patience: If someone is working out on a machine, don’t rush or crowd around him just so that you can use it. One of the most annoying things that one can do is keep asking ‘Are you almost done?’Avoid it. Wait till he finishes and be prepared for your turn.