COVID-19 is serious and every advice of precaution must be considered since they can help guide the public from the risk of being infected. Although it is important to physically fit in order to boost your immunity, a crowded gym can be risky.

According to Dr. Norman Swan, a pandemic expert, here are a few reasons why you should refrain from hitting the gym this pandemic season:

  • The gym is one of those places where germs and viruses can easily populate since it is quite damp and people sweat a lot.
  • The spread of sweat within the gym can let airborne particles containing germs and viruses to travel the room. Moreover, since the ventilation is very limited in a gym, it can happen more easily.
  • Workout sessions can make you need air when you exhaust, and this can make you take deeper breaths. This is when you will be letting more particles into your body.

“You've got these big blokes pumping away and you never know, one of them might be a super spreader." Tech Times quoted Dr. Swan. “If you still plan to go to the gym, you've got to be super careful at the gym. You've got to make sure you wipe down (the equipment) before and after use."

While Dr. Swan agrees that it can be impossible for some people to give up the gym, he mentioned that there should at least be certain safety precautions of sanitation to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

He also advised refraining from using the steam rooms since they are humid and can be favorable for an outbreak.

“Don't go in the steam room. I wouldn't go near any humid area, to be honest,” Sky News quoted Dr. Swan. "Is your life going to change by going to the steam room? No. I'd avoid them for the moment," he added.

Nevertheless, it is still important that people remain fit and healthy as a good immune system can be one of the best ways to counter coronaviruses. After all, those with better immune systems are in fact less likely to get infected by the deadly virus. You can choose to exercise at home, do yoga and practice other fitness regimens that are possible indoors.

There are plenty of ways to get motivated about working out in the new year. The picture shows treadmills on June 9, 2016 at the Technogym Village in Cesena. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images