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3 Etiquette Tips for Using Your Hotel's Fitness Center

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Today, many hotels are equipped with a fitness center, which will allow you to stay focused on your physical health even when you're away from home. Although some such fitness centers are modest, they'll provide a handful of exercise machines and strength-training options that you'll be able to use.

If you're used to working out at home, you'll need to keep a few etiquette rules in mind when you travel to a hotel or are looking for places to stay in your tourist destination. Here are three etiquette tips that you'll want to use.

Wipe Down Equipment After Use

If you're stepping onto a clean and dry treadmill or picking up some clean and dry free weights, it's because of the attentiveness of the person who used these tools ahead of you. A big etiquette rule for working out in your hotel's fitness center is to always wipe down whatever you use after you're done.

You'll typically find that there are some small towels stacked in the fitness center for this purpose, and you might also find a container of disinfecting wipes. As soon as you're done with a particular piece of gear, you should thoroughly wipe it down so that it's no longer covered in your sweat.

Use Your Headphones

If you're working out in a treadmill that has a small TV mounted to it, you'll be able to keep entertained while you walk or jog. However, you'll want to have a pair of headphones with you so that you can plug them into the TV. Doing so is respectful of those around you, and while you don't necessarily need to do so when you're working out alone, you should definitely plug your headphones in as soon as another hotel guest enters the fitness center. This is a rule that everyone should respect, so don't be afraid to ask another guest to follow the rule if he or she is working out with the TV blaring.

Respect the Hours

Some hotels keep their fitness centers open 24 hours a day, but you'll commonly find lodging in which the fitness center is closed for a length of time overnight. Even if you're still able to access the room with your electronic key card, it's proper to respect the posted hours and tailor your workout schedule accordingly. Hotels will often use the hours in which the fitness center isn't open to have a housekeeping staff member clean the space and the equipment thoroughly, so you don't want to interfere with that.