We all know gyms and fitness centers are havens for germs. Norovirus, which causes stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, can survive for up to 30 days on exercise equipment. Foot infection fungi are just waiting for you in the showers, and microbes like MRSA that can lead to skin infections are lurking all over the locker room for you.
So follow these 5 strategies at your next workout to stay healthy:
1.) Bring your own workout towel. That’s because you’ll want to mark an “X” with a permanent marker on one side of the towel. This side should be the side placed on/against the exercise equipment. Use the other side to wipe the sweat from your body. Of course, bring a separate towel for showering.
2.) Bring your own exercise mat, or wipe the mat at the gym with a bleach-based wipe or 60% alcohol disinfectant spray and give it time to air dry. If this seems too much, bring a large clean towel from home and place it over the gym mat. But don’t use that towel for your showering.
3,) Always wear flip-flops in the showers and locker rooms, and never sit on the bench unclothed.
4.) Wipe, wipe, wipe. Wipe down gym machines, seats, and free weights with disinfectant before and after use. If this seems too much, wash your hands with soap and warm water every 10 minutes while you’re working out. Be careful not to touch your mouth, nose, eyes, ears etc. with your hands while at the gym.
5.) Always cover any cuts or broken skin with a bandage before you go to the gym.
Bonus strategy for staying focused and reading this far into the article! At home you should regularly swab your gym bag inside and out with disinfectant wipe.
Enjoy your next workout with the piece of mind that your preventing illness, sickness, and disease on your quest to be healthy!
Jack Witt, MS, CPT
Fitness and Health Coach
“Get Fit with Witt”
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310.562.5629 Cell / 818.760.3891 Main
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