Choosing a Gym
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Choosing a Gym

Ready to boost fitness and join a gym? See how much you know about what to look for in a gym and how to start exercising safely.

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Choosing a Gym
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is the best time to go to the gym?

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The correct answer is: There's no point in getting a gym membership for the great classes when you can't make it to any of them. Choose a gym that has classes or that is open when you are most likely to go.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How do you know if a gym is right for you?

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The correct answer is: Just because a gym looks great doesn't mean it's the right fit for you. Choose a gym that offers the equipment you need, and that offers the classes/services/trainers you want.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: The entire gym staff should have completed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Make sure you check CPR training certifications of trainers and facility owners.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What should a gym have in it for safety?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A yellow tag should be attached to fire extinguishers in every room to let you know that they are inspected monthly. Look for smoke detectors, sprinkler systems and lighted “Exit” signs above doors and printed escape routes posted in every room as well.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How do you know if a gym is using safe/effective equipment?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Fitness equipment does not have to be the most modern to be used effectively, but it should be well maintained.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Antibacterial products work to clean gym equipment.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Hand sanitizers are a type of antibacterial designed to destroy disease-causing organisms. They are often supplied in gyms to wipe down equipment before and after you use it.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What should you do first for safety if you are new to the gym or working out?

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The correct answer is: If you are new to exercising, first consult with a fitness professional who will instruct you on proper form. They can also do a movement assessment to determine what muscles need to be stretched and strengthened to prevent muscle imbalances.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How can you make your workout goals stick?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Avoid ditching your workout goals by creating a realistic, specific action plan to meet your goals, establishing genuine confidence that you can keep the resolution and publicly declaring your resolution.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What can you do to prevent injury at the gym?

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The correct answer is: Balance cardio, strength training and flexibility training instead of doing the same thing every day. Also be sure to warm up and gradually increase your pace to avoid injury.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

How can you avoid getting an ear infection from your gym's pool?

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The correct answer is: A bacterial infection, often called swimmer's ear, can set in no matter what kind of pool you swim in if you don't clean and dry your ears properly afterward. That being said, swimming in polluted or dirty water can increase your risk.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How often should you drink water while working out?

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The correct answer is: It is important to drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout routine to stay hydrated, even before you feel thirsty.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Are indoor workouts from men's or women's fitness magazines safe?

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The correct answer is: Maybe. Since workouts from magazines are going to be a “one-size-fits-all” approach and not very tailored to your specific needs, it is important to use caution and your best judgment before starting any exercise program.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can get lice from shared sports gear.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Avoid sharing items that might have a rogue louse or nit like hats and headgear.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How can you get over your fear of going to the gym?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Just do it! You can start by a tour of the facilities and a trial membership for a low commitment, but once you keep going, your fear is bound diminish.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you hate the gym, a "virtual coach" is a perfectly good substitute.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Don't avoid working out just because you can't stand the gym! There are other options, like working out with Sharecare.com's virtual coach, as well as home-based equipment and videos.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Fungal infections can be spread in the locker room.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Certain kind of fungal infections are contagious. Fungi prefer warm, moist environments, which is why you should wear foot protection in locker rooms, around pools and in gym showers.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wick-away-sweat workout clothes can prevent yeast infections.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In addition to wearing wick-away workout clothes, drink a lot of water and stash a change of underwear in your gym bag for after the workout to prevent bacterial and yeast infections.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What percentage of your maximum weight-lifting weight can lead to injury?

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The correct answer is: Lifting more than 85 percent of your maximum weight can increase your risk of injury, while lifting less than 60 percent is not effective. This means that the total number of reps can be low, but the weight should be intense — a trainer can help determine how much works for you. Also, be sure if lifting heavier than normal to have a spotter.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How can you avoid injury while walking on the treadmill?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Also, keep your eyes forward and focused 12 to 20 feet ahead of you and keep your shoulders down and back.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How can you avoid injury in your exercise class?

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The correct answer is: A fitness professional will instruct you on proper form. If something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask the trainer if you're doing the move correctly. Also, before beginning an exercise class, you can have a trainer do a movement assessment to determine what muscles need to be stretched and strengthened to prevent muscle imbalances.

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