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The novel coronavirus, now labeled COVID-19, has taken the world by storm in the early months of 2020, and people are worried that it will only continue to spread. That said, you might be wondering if, at some point in the not-so-distant future, it will become difficult to maintain your current lifestyle while also protecting yourself from this virus.
While there’s no way to know the answer to that question for sure, it’s safe to say that a little bit of education about prevention will go a long way toward maintaining both your health and your active lifestyle.
You know what they say—better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. When it comes to COVID-19, that logic holds up. Once you understand exactly how coronavirus transmission works, you dispel a great deal of the mystery and can better protect yourself.
While researchers are still uncovering precisely how the virus spreads, they currently believe it uses two main methods—spreading directly between people within six feet of each other, or through the sneezes or coughs of an infected person. With this knowledge in mind, it’s easier to apply preventive measures during your daily activities.
Whether you’re heading to a day spa for your monthly self-care retreat, or stopping for a matcha tea at your favorite local joint, the most effective methods of avoiding COVID-19 remain relatively static.
Wash your hands
To be clear, you should practice basic hygiene like washing your hands all the time and not just when the world is on the precipice of a pandemic, but it’s especially important right now.
Wash your hands after using your favorite weight machines at your gym, attending your daily yoga class, or simply handing the barista at your neighborhood coffee shop cash—it will go a long way toward protecting you against coronavirus.
Keep your distance
If you see someone exhibiting coronavirus symptoms, like coughing or sneezing, try to stay more than six feet away for good measure. Even if those around you don’t appear sick, keep a distance of three feet just to be safe.
Given that close contact is one of the established ways that COVID-19 can spread, there’s no such thing as being overzealous with your personal boundaries at the moment.
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose
Your hands are often unwitting transporters of germs to your body. If you happen to touch a surface that is infected, the virus can enter your body more easily when transferred directly to vulnerable areas like the eyes, mouth, and nose. This is not to say you need to walk around wearing a face mask, though, as that’s mostly just helpful for preventing the spread from infected people.
In a perfect world, places like your fitness facility will take special precautions to protect you and the other patrons from coronavirus, but you can never be too careful with your own efforts, whether you’re at the gym, your favorite restaurant, or even a public park. While all of these methods will significantly help in adding protection against COVID-19, there are even more measures to stay cognizant of when traveling.
Our friends at WHO share some practical advice in this highly-informative video:
If you’ve been planning a special trip for months, the COVID-19 outbreak might be particularly vexing for you. After all, coronavirus travels on airplanes, cruise ships, and any other vehicle indiscriminately, so you have to be especially careful as you embark on your journey.
First and foremost, think about how risky contracting the virus would be for you personally. Obviously, no one wants to wind up with a case of coronavirus, but it’s only especially dangerous for those with weakened immune systems, like the elderly. Maybe you’re a generally healthy person, but you still don’t relish the idea of grappling with this virus. In that case, you should employ all of the methods mentioned above to protect against coronavirus with an important addition: talk to your doctor.
Depending on where you’re traveling, your doctor may want you to get additional vaccines to protect you from COVID-19. You should also let a doctor know as quickly as possible if you begin showing symptoms after your trip so they can address them promptly. The panic over coronavirus doesn’t have to mean canceling your lash extension fill or skipping your favorite barre class. It just means that you should double down on hygiene and stay aware of those around you. Go on investing time and energy into your wellness as coronavirus rages on, just be careful all the while to protect your health, too.
Hey, studio owners! Need helpful and practical advice about how to prepare your fitness studio in the time of coronavirus? We have you covered there as well.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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