For many, a wedding or engagement ring is a symbol of the love they feel for their partner in an easily wearable format to show the world. While wearing rings becomes second nature, there are certain situations that call for taking them off, whether it be for personal safety or to prevent damaging the ring. Many people, though, are split on whether or not the gym is one of these occasions.
There are a lot of conflicting viewpoints on the matter that we plan to highlight here focused around the central question of if you should remove your wedding ring while at the gym. Let’s dive in.
Should You Remove Your Ring?
In most cases, you really should remove your ring while exercising at the gym. While it may feel strange not to be wearing it after so long, it’s the best choice to make concerning your safety and the condition of the ring itself.
Most wedding rings are made of precious metals like silver, gold, or platinum, which are considered “soft” due to their properties. Working out while wearing a ring can cause it to become misshapen or even break, not to mention the risk of a bending a claw holding in a gemstone and having it fall out.
Some suggest only wearing a simple band to make up for the loss of the ring for the time being so you don’t miss the feeling of it (as well as alert others that you’re married or engaged), but this can pose some problems. If a weight or handle were to fly out of your hand after losing grip, there’s a possibility for your ring to catch it as it leaves you. If this were to happen, it could cause major damage to that finger as well as potentially destroy the band.
In short, the best option while at the gym is to simply not wear a ring at all, leaving it at home or in a bag for safe keeping.
When Can You Wear a Ring?
While sports and intensive exercise at the gym are not optimal times to wear a wedding ring, lower intensity workouts are usually safe. Going for a jog, for example, likely won’t produce the same situations that could lead to damage or injury, so keeping a ring on during those times isn’t as big of a deal.
Sweat and grime from after a hard workout can corrode certain metals, not to mention it just feels gross to wear a ring on your hands while they’re like that. Before putting your ring back on your finger post-workout, make sure to shower off or, at the least, wash your hands. Remember to ensure your hands are dry before placing your ring back on, too.
Overall, it’s not recommended to wear a ring during a workout. While it may feel awkward, it’s ultimately not worth the damage to you or the ring to risk it.