Indulging in good food and drinks makes the holiday season pleasurable. However, those few weeks of revelry can lead to weight gain. Gyms see a huge spike in membership applications immediately after the holidays as people seek to drop a few pounds.
While going to the gym can be fun and healthy, it can also be fraught with peril if you’re not careful. Before going to the gym, review these tips to keep you and your property safe and secure.
Leave Valuables at Home
Try to bring only the bare necessities to the gym – keys, phone, ID, water bottle, towel. Avoid bringing jewelry, cash, or other valuables. Even if you store these items in a locker, leaving your most valuable belongings at home is the safest option.
Park Your Car in a Well-Let Area
During a three month period, the gym I go to experienced a rash of car break-ins. All of the cars were parked on the side of the building that was poorly lit and out of view of the front door. The gym has since added additional lighting and cameras, but you can minimize your risk by parking in open, well-lit areas. Also, make sure to lock your car door. Many of my fellow gym members were victimized because they didn’t lock their doors.
Check in Properly
I’ve observed several gym members walk right past the check in desk without properly checking in. While bypassing check-in may have saved them a few seconds, this act compromises security for everyone. It’s important that the front desk has a record of who is entering and exiting the building especially if there is a problem. When you check in properly, the gym has a record of your presence which can be useful if you need to file a police report.
Use a Locker to Store Your Items
Inevitably you will need to store some items at the gym while you work out. The small cubicles are fine for storing keys and small items, but if you need an extra layer of protection, it’s best to get a locker and secure it with a durable lock. I like to use the new Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlocks (indoor version). I have to admit that I’ve had to have more than one lock cut off because I forgot the combination. With the Bluetooth Smart Padlocks, you don’t have to worry about memorizing combinations. By downloading the free Master Lock Vault eLocks app and creating a Master Lock Vault account, you gain fingertip accessibility, connectivity and control of your padlocks as well as the ability to share digital keys and monitor the padlock’s activity. Once registered, the Bluetooth Smart Padlocks will unlock upon touch when an authorized device is within range. Using the Bluetooth Smart protocol for wireless communication, Master Lock provides leading-edge security, with robust, military-grade authentication and encryption mechanisms to deter sniffing, replay and manipulation attempts. The padlocks also feature a directional keypad, offering an alternate method of entry.
Finally, try to be courteous while at the gym. Share the equipment with other gym users and wipe it down when you’re done. I have witnessed arguments and fights at gyms because of rude behavior.
Going to the gym should be a pleasurable experience. If you take the proper precautions and heed these tips, you will have safe and productive workouts.
Join the conversation: What tips do you have to stay safe and secure at the gym?
Disclosure: I am a member of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad. All opinions are my own.