How to Protect Yourself from Gym Germs

Most gym users are not fully aware of the dangers of gym germs, especially MRSA (Staph infection). Gyms can be dirty places - with all those people using them, and all that sweat pouring over the equipment, gyms are the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and germs. This doesn't mean you need to stop working out, but taking a few precautions will protect you from getting sick.

Steps

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    Wipe excess sweat off of the equipment - it's common sense, but it won't kill the germs on the equipment.
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    Use a sanitizer to wipe the equipment down if available - remember, using a sanitizer does not guarantee you will kill all of the germs/bacteria.
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    Use barrier protection.
    • Do not touch the equipment directly with bare hands! Infectious disease can be transmitted by contact.
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    • Always put a towel on any equipment you are going to sit on.
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    Most gyms have sanitizer near the sink for you to use after or before washing your hands.

Tips

  • Keep your hands away from your mouth at all times.
  • Barrier protection is crucial! There are personal sanitary handle covers for gym equipment. They wrap around the handles of almost any equipment (secured with Velcro) and eliminate direct skin-to-surface contact.
  • There are some excellent products available that provide protection against germs.
  • Always properly wash your hands after any workout.

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Categories: Health Hygiene | Health for Teens and Kids