Are you guilty of these:
1. Failing to wipe down gym equipment?
2. Used water bottles, towels, and toiletries that weren’t actually yours?
3. Going to the gym while being sick?
4. Not washing your gym clothes between workouts?
According to an article by Women’s Health mag, majority of us are guilty of one (some, if not all of the above). Reading this article left a yucky feeling to my stomach. Personally, I’m a germaphobe. Personal hygiene is my top priority. I carry instant hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, tissues, & a small compact first aid kit with me everywhere. I use all of these items generously!
Anyway, make sure you follow a good gym hygiene for yourself. Can’t depend on others to wipe down the equipment. Gotta do what you can to prevent yourself from being sick & not transmitting it to others.
The key to a cleaner workout session? Simply be attentive, says Donna Duberg, assistant professor of Clinical Laboratory Science at Saint Louis University. “The real trick is you have to keep your hands and your face protected,” she says.
Here are some tips:
1. Best water bottles to use are those made out of metal (if plastic, be sure they’re BPA-free) & wash them properly with soap & water.
2. Wipe, wash, repeat
After using each machine or set of weights, use the hand sanitizer and wipes that should be provided by your gym to keep germs at bay.
3. Clean your gear
There are several ways to avoid contaminating your gym bag: “Put your dirt clothes in a plastic bag, take them out, and empty the plastic bag right into the washer,” she says. And don’t forget about your sneakers. Like your dirty clothes, slip them into a plastic bag before throwing them into your gym bag. Then, once you get home, wipe them off with a disinfecting wipe (including the bottoms), let them air dry, and toss them back in the next day, she suggests.
4. Shower smarter
To minimize the risk, soak your sandals in a 10% bleach solution once in a while, she says. That’ll help keep them—and your feet—as clean and fungus-free as possible.
5. Take a rest day (avoid the gym while you’re sick!… If I’m not cough/sneezing up a storm, I’d still do my workout at home).
6. Hold off the hot tubs (esp if you have open wound, skin, or infection).