Going to the Gym? Be Germ-Free With These Tips
By Genevieve Cunningham
Germs are everywhere. We can't avoid them, and in order to keep our immune systems strong, we shouldn't avoid all germs anyway. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't take precautions. We should still be aware of our surroundings and protect ourselves whenever possible. Of course, some places are more germ-ridden than others, and it's our job to minimize our risk in certain locations -- locations like the gym! With all of the sweat and heavy breathing, the gym can quickly become a germ factory. So should we skip it altogether? Or can we workout safely? If you're interested in keeping your gym visits as healthy as possible, take a look at these tips for fighting germs, staying well, and getting fit all at the same time.
Wipe Down Equipment
The equipment at the gym gets touched over and over again. This leaves germs everywhere. If you want to eliminate germs, make sure you're wiping down the equipment before you ever use it. And to protect others, wipe it down again once you're finished with it. This is a really easy step that can minimize germs and make the gym a safer and healthier place overall.
Bring Your Own Water
Water fountains can be riddled with germs. So many mouths and so much saliva. Instead of worrying over a community water fountain, just take your own water. This guarantees that your source of hydration is free from any germs but your own. If you go through a lot of water, take more than one bottle to keep from refilling it. You might have to train yourself to remember this extra step, but it will be worth it to keep yourself healthy and germ-free.
Monitor Your Health
Part of keeping the gym safe is staying away when you, yourself, are sick. Don't take germs to others. Don't ignore a fever or a lingering symptom. If you're sick, don't go. Find another way to work out or wait until you feel better. If you're on antibiotics and your doctor has cleared you from being contagious, then by all means, get back to the gym with these other safety procedures in mind.
The gym should be a place where you can work out safely. That's the whole point! But as a member, it's your job to help maintain a safe and healthy environment. Use these tips to stay healthy and to keep others healthy, and the gym can remain a place of getting fit and staying healthy for years to come.
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