Fight Off Gym Germs

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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.