1. Dress appropriately
While you get dressed, it is important that you remind yourself of where exactly you are going to. The way you’d dress for a party isn’t the same way you should dress for the gym. You should wear clothes that provide appropriate coverage and the right fit, as this will help boost your confidence and allow you perform your workouts with ease.
Tight clothing can restrict your flexibility, especially when doing exercises that require you to stretch. This can sprain your muscles and you may end up not doing the exercise right. On the other hand, if you dress too loose or wear baggy clothing, it can get caught in a machine or trip you up and leave you injured. As much as what you wear doesn’t make the workout, it certainly can help to enhance the experience.
2. Wipe your sweat (with your towel!)
Sweating is to be expected, especially if you are doing a high intensity workout or any strength training exercise. But it becomes a problem when someone else is disturbed by your sweat. You can always get a face towel to hang around your neck while you workout, so you can easily wipe your face with it and avoid sweating onto the next person to you.
No one likes to feel other people’s sweat, especially when you are a perfect stranger to them. You should also wipe the machine or bench if you sweat on them.
3. Avoid talking loudly into cell phones
If you have an important call to take or make, the proper etiquette is to get off the machine or leave the gym floor entirely, to make that call. If you are concerned about someone taking your space while you leave for a moment, this is a normal human feeling but you shouldn’t feel that way.
While you are at the gym, think about others and how your actions may affect them, and you might find that your productivity will increase along with your feelings of satisfaction at the end of your workout.
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