The coronavirus crisis has led to a lot of confusion and new rules to follow when it comes to going outside safely. The gym has been one of the hardest-hit businesses during the pandemic. The close quarters, frequent visitors, heavy breathing, and abundance of sweat found in gyms have always made these areas a breeding ground for germs and bacteria in general.

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Local gyms need your support now more than ever if they want to recover from the economic blow that was dealt by following the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders and advisories.

Furthermore, it is essential for all of us to keep ourselves fit and healthy during this time of the coronavirus in order to maximize our immune system’s effectiveness. In this article, we will discuss the new rules regarding gyms in California and around the country, and why it’s essential for you to continue hitting the gym while investing in the highest quality gloves and masks available.

Getting Back To The Gym: New Rules in California and How They Compare to the Other States

Most states have already re-opened fully, with only the states of CA, MA, WA, MI, NY, NJ, NC, and AZ lagging slightly behind. These states are just now entering the re-opening stage. The list of states with mask mandates includes CA, CT, DE, IL, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, NV, NY, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, VI, WA, and WV.

The only exception for this rule is those with medical exemptions such as asthma, people under a certain age (often the age of two), and hearing disabled people who rely on lip-reading for communication. For these individuals, it is recommended to wear a clear face shield instead.

Going to the gym with a mask can be difficult, but many are eager to get back to their fitness routines as soon as possible. Studies have shown that if you are under the age of 55, obesity is the #1 risk factor for serious complications from coronavirus. Yet, nearly all of us have experienced the “quarantine fifteen”  while stuck at home! Getting back in shape may be one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from the disease, according to experts.

Gyms in CA are encouraged to screen patrons’ temperatures and ensure hand sanitizer is used upon arrival. It is recommended that gyms close down shower areas, and ensure that gym equipment is spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart while also maintaining building occupancy limits. Patrons who are not actively working out are encouraged to wait outside rather than in the lobby or within the gym. Gloves are recommended, but are not required in all parts of CA – although they are mandated in some areas like Los Angeles.

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Working out in the gym while wearing a mask and gloves can present some challenges, but these can easily be mitigated. Practice breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth to avoid creating a suction effect on your mask. Always be mindful of your gloves while lifting weights, as hands can become very slippery with sweat in disposable gloves.

Be careful about the disposal of masks and gloves, as they can become a virus spreader when discarded carelessly: wrap all disposables in a plastic bag before throwing them in a trashcan, don’t re-use the masks too often or bring them to your home, and of course, don’t litter!

It is preferable to invest in high-quality masks and gloves like the FBRO Elevation Mask and the Antiviral Copper Compression Gloves, which are more durable, stylish, and have more applications than just preventing the spread of viruses. They also don’t have the risks associated with disposable masks and gloves and are more environmentally friendly.

The Dangers of Disposable Gloves

Disposable gloves are a great way to prevent contact with germs by creating a barrier for your fingers and hands. Unfortunately, when not used correctly, they can become a danger themselves.

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People who wear disposable gloves often have a sense of security, but experts say that sense of security is often false. Most disposable gloves are not antiviral or antibacterial, which means they can be a great spot for bacteria and germs to hang out all day. Users commonly wear gloves when they are going to public places like the grocery store or the gym, but they aren’t able to wash the gloves once they walk out the door.

This results in disposable glove users potentially spreading the virus to their car door handle, their steering wheel, and many other surfaces. In cases like this, it might be better just to wash your hands prior to leaving the public area so you can ensure that nothing travels with you.

Many studies, even prior to the coronavirus, have determined that when disposable gloves are incorrectly used they can become an even bigger risk factor than not wearing them at all. Research in the food industry found that wearing disposable gloves while handling meat and food may not be ideal as it increases the chances of cross-contamination simply because gloves cannot be washed prior to use, unlike bare hands.

The ideal choice for someone who wants to keep themselves safe from viruses and bacteria would be a glove that has antiviral properties, meaning the virus is killed immediately as it touches the surface. Everyone who is serious about staying safe and preventing the spread of the coronavirus should invest in Antiviral Copper Compression Gloves, which offer protection without all of the risks.

Antiviral Copper Compression Glove

The Antiviral Copper Compression Glove is the ideal choice because it destroys all bacteria on contact and is reusable. When you are using copper gloves, you don’t have to worry about safely disposing of your gloves or the dangers of throwing them in your own trash can at home. Copper gloves have been used by gym-goers since before the coronavirus pandemic because they protect your hands and increase your grip while lifting weights.

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Obviously, serious weight-lifters will always be using gloves while lifting weights to avoid calluses and injuries to their hands. Why not make that same glove a source of protection against coronavirus and other germs and bacteria?

Incredibly, the Antiviral Copper Compression Glove is different from competitors because the copper is actually woven into the fabric. This increases its effectiveness and ensures that the copper won’t rub off after multiple uses. The glove is a favorite of many essential workers, especially those that need to lift heavy items, but has applications elsewhere as well.

One of the best aspects of the copper glove is the cool feeling it gives to the skin: no more sweaty, sticky gloves that are hard to take off! These gloves are lightweight as well, which is important for those trying to stay active while being protected.

Yet another benefit of these gloves is the compression they provide to the hands. It has been proven to help with pain from arthritis, tendonitis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and other types of pain and discomfort. Compression helps to increase circulation, which is healthy for the body and can prevent health issues later on. The gloves are also known for reducing swelling.

Amazingly, you can wear these gloves and still type without any hindrances. The rubber strips on the gloves enhance grip and make lifting and holding items easier. The gloves come in different sizes, so you can ensure that you get the right fit for you.

As if there aren’t enough reasons to buy this glove, every purchase helps hungry families who have been impacted by the virus. A purchase of one pair of these gloves will help put meals on the table via a partnership with “Three Square Food Donations.” By buying these gloves, you will not only protect yourself and your community, but be the reason someone has the meal they need to survive the economic blow of this pandemic.

Does Science Support The Use of Masks?

Masks are now required in indoor public spaces in most states, but there was initially a lot of confusion regarding their effectiveness. At the beginning of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended for the public not to use masks, claiming that, aside from health professionals, only those who were sick or taking care of someone who was sick needed to wear them.

In April, the organization changed their stance and issued a recommendation that everyone in the public start using masks when indoors in public. Similarly, the World Health Organization (WHO) did not support the effectiveness of masks until June, at which point they reversed their position and advised all members of the public to wear masks when not outside.

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This came as a surprise to many epidemiologists, many of whom knew from research that cloth masks were not effective in preventing respiratory particles from entering the airways due to their small size. Recent findings that indicate coronavirus may have aerosol transmission make it all the more unlikely that a fabric mask can prevent breathing in these microscopic particles.

However, although research has not yet proven the effectiveness of cloth masks, observational evidence seems to point to their effectiveness at slowing the spread. There are still many unknowns about the coronavirus and it is possible that this virus may be transmitted in a different way than any virus we have ever known before.

South Korea, for example, was able to effectively contain the coronavirus, and many say that this is partly due to the consistency with which their citizens wear masks. South Korea also implemented surveillance tracking for all of its citizens in order to quickly determine whether someone had been in contact with an infected individual. The government would then contact these people and place them into mandatory, observed quarantine.

Due to their diligence regarding the coronavirus, South Korea has become one of the number one countries in coronavirus testing in the world, behind only the United States, Germany, India, Italy and South Africa.

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Although masks aren’t able to completely filter out viral particles, there has been some recent scientific research that shows that they slightly reduce the number of viral particles in the air and restrict how far they can travel. Different viruses are transmitted differently (such as the cold vs. rhinovirus vs. influenza vs. COVID-19) and some studies seem to indicate that coronavirus spread is slightly reduced by masks.

This may seem minor, but it could make a big difference in controlling a virus as contagious as coronavirus. Other theories for why masks are observed to be effective, but which have little data or research proving their effectiveness, are behavioral theories. Medical experts note that those wearing masks may be less likely to touch their face, as long as they refrain from adjusting or fiddling with their masks while wearing them. Others observe that wearing a mask is a literal “in your face” reminder that the world has changed, which can encourage cautious behaviors and good hygiene.

“There’s been enough research done to be able to confidently say that masks wouldn’t be able to stop the spread of infection, that they would only have a small effect on transmission,” Ben Cowling, head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The Hong Kong University, claims. But it seems that this small effect may be making all the difference.

One aspect medical professionals agree on is that, whatever protection provided by non-fitted masks, fabric masks are the least effective. The recommendation that everyone wears masks is because “any kind of impediment is better than nothing,” according to May Chu, clinical professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Individuals who are serious about protecting themselves and others by wearing masks should invest in a high-quality mask, such as the N95 respirator or the FDBRO Elevation Training Mask. We recommend purchasing the latter, as N95 masks should ideally be reserved for those in the medical profession in order to avoid a shortage.

The Gym-Goers Who Have Always Been Wearing Masks: Elevation Masks, Fitness and Covid-19

Elevation masks have always been a tool for those serious about their fitness. These masks mimic the effect of training at high elevation, strengthening pulmonary muscles and training your lungs to exert at high levels with less dependence on oxygen. They also increase EPO levels, a hormone that increases red blood cell production and helps carry extra oxygen to muscles.

Aside from the fitness benefits of the FDBRO Elevation Mask, many users have noted that it is an excellent mask during the coronavirus pandemic as well. The masks restrict airflow much better than flimsy fabric masks and come in a variety of trendy colors. The straps are stretchy and comfortable, yet are slip-resistant and don’t fall off when sweating occurs. Most importantly, the mask easily comes apart for easy washing.

Copper Gloves and Elevation Masks: The Winning Combination

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For those who want to abide by the new mask laws, protect themselves and their community from the spread of the coronavirus, and enhance their workout routine, the solution is clear: copper gloves and an elevation mask.

Copper gloves not only help with grip when weight-lifting but create an antiviral surface that kills all bacteria and germs upon contact, instantly mitigating the risk of spread. They do not need to be disposed of or washed continually, and can be used even after the pandemic is over.

Elevation masks, aside from having incredible benefits for those training to reach peak performance, help stop the spread of viral particles and are much more effective than cloth masks. They come apart for easy washing and have a better aesthetic appeal than disposable masks.

However you choose to protect yourself, it’s clear that daily life has changed drastically. This shouldn’t prevent us from placing a high value on our health, which means staying fit by exercising regularly. Thankfully, you can protect yourself from viruses and also keep your body in peak health by always wearing an elevation mask and copper gloves when hitting the gym!

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Mary Spectral Body Writer
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Mary is one of the newest lead writers at Spectral Body a researcher into the latest fitness and health trends related to the gym culture. Her favorite activities are running and pilates.