Fight Off Gym Germs

Healthy Challenge

There are 42.7 million people who have gym memberships in the United states. Now, imagine all those grimy sets of hands touching weights, benches and cardio machines … and the germs that those gym-going paws leave. Oh, and by the way, it isn’t just a cold, flu or athlete’s foot that you can catch at the gym: staph aureus, klebsiella, enterobacter and e. coli lurk, as well. It’s enough to cause a germaphobe to hyperventilate. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to keep yourself healthy this winter. Here are a few:

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  • Cover any open wounds with antibiotic ointment and a bandage.
  • Bring your own towel and mat instead of using those provided at the club.
  • If your gym offers sanity wipes, use them. Mop cardio machines with them before and after your workout.
  • Get out of your hot, sweaty clothes as soon as possible. If you can shower just as quickly, do so.
  • Wear sandals in the locker room and in the shower.
  • Use a hand-sanitizing gel between sets, and after training, wash your hands — don’t touch your face until you do.