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Don't be a gym sore

health-and-fitness Updated: Apr 16, 2012 00:14 IST
Charu Sharma
Charu Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Whether you are a newbie, who has just started sweating it out, or one of those who hit the gym regularly, there are some etiquettes that you must follow within the four walls of your exercising den. Here are seven actions that you should watch while being on the run. After all, there's more to a gym subscription than being regular and paying on time.

Dress right
If you're not in your track suit and not wearing the right shoes, you don't belong to the gym. Also, many youngsters go over the board in their dressing just to get some attention. "Overtly revealing clothes - both for men and women - are distracting for others around you, so better avoid them," says Anju Ghei, a health expert from VLCC.

Sweat it out smartly
Sweating in the gym is a good thing. But, it doesn't mean you leave sweat marks just about everywhere. Kiran Sawhney, a fitness expert from Fitnesolution, says, "Always carry a towel with you, and keep wiping off the sweat. Alongside, also wipe every equipment after using it. Also, don't forget to use a deodorant."

Don't monopolise equipment
People often block a machine for too long in order to complete their exercise sets. This can cause disrespect to other gym members. Chanpreet Kathuria, a gym regular says, "This has happened to me a lot of times. It's infuriating. When someone is doing circuit training, it completely nullifies the idea and effect of circuit."

Locker room manners
Some people have the tendency to roam around in minimal clothes in the locker room. "It is not your bedroom and no one wants to see you naked," says Rita Gangwani, a grooming expert. Also don't treat the gym washroom as your personal bathroom. "People often leave used shampoo pouches, soap and broken hair in the bathroom. Leave the bathroom it in the same condition as you got it - clean," says Gangwani.

Equipment misuse
Dumb bells, rods etc can cause injuries if kept here and there. "People forget to keep the gym equipment back to their proper place. Equipment must be put back to their right place to avoid accidents and so that others can easily find them," says Kathuria.

Don't be a chatterbox
Gym is a place for exercising and not socialising. "Switch off your cell phones, don't stand around machines and chit-chat as you may be disturbing others," says Sawhney. She adds, "An instructor can't be a school teacher and force people to follow rules, but a little bit of discipline is appreciable."

Mind yourself
Don't stare at someone while he or she is working out. "The effort is demanding and painful for me, so kindly keep your eyes off," says Sonali Chowdhury, a gym regular. Meanwhile, Gangwani suggests, "Please don't give unwanted suggestions. The trainer is the best person to tell how a certain equipment should be used."