A gym is a place that we generally associate with health and fitness, but sadly if a high standard of hygiene is not observed and maintained, it can quickly become one of the unhealthiest environments to be in. Although we now see a heightened observance of hygiene rules and regulations, what are some extra things you can do to stay safe while working out?
Even before the current virus outbreak there was a need for caution at the gym, this is because, in general, gyms generate a warm, high humidity environment, often in a space with little natural lighting. All of this creates an ideal location for bacteria to thrive. Did you know that one study found more bacteria on work out equipment than that usually found on a toilet seat? Of course, this is not the case in every gym, but it does highlight the need to take extra precautions.
We all know the importance of regularly washing our hands. Be sure to wash your hands both before and immediately after using gym equipment and avoid touching any part of your face.
It can also be a good idea to bring your own towels to the gym which should ensure that the only germs found on them are your own. Bring more than one towel with you so that you can wipe equipment down with one and have a different one for yourself.
Always wear some type of footwear, even in areas such as changing rooms, showers, and saunas, etc. Gym floors are places where many communicable health conditions are transmitted so be extra vigilant.
Yes, it's important to take every precaution while at the gym to ensure, not just your own health, but the health of those around you.
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