Gym HygieneBy Work. Train. Compete!|Sara & Natalie|2012-06-18 | Comments: 0Joining a new gym has been quite the experience. I’ve been fortunate enough to have my gym location be right next to the ocean so that my treadmill sessions have an amazing view. On the other hand, the downfall is that many of my gym members don’t follow the simple rules of gym etiquette and I look around disgusted by all the sweat left on the equipment. So I’ve decided to make sure that I’m saving myself as much as possible from all the nasty germs that my gym breeds. Here are a few things I’m doing to protect against germs:
- Bringing a large towel. Pick one side that will touch the equipment and the other side to touch skin. I went to a store that sold a bunch of inexpensive bath stuff and stocked up on towels for the gym. Some of the nicer gyms provide towels as part of the membership or for a small extra fee a month. Definitely take advantage of this if they offer it.
- Unless I’ve washed my hands, I never touch my face while at the gym. Doing this can also lead to less breakouts.
- Wipe down dumbbells, barbells, and exercise machines before and after. Sometimes I forget the “before” because I’m so anxious to start my workout but I definitely don’t want to be touching someone else’s sweat. Assume the person before you did not wipe anything down.
- I bring my own hand sanitizer and use it frequently. I saw a gym member once bring their own can of Lysol. This is an extreme approach but definitely not a bad idea.
- I bring my own water and I don’t use the faucet. Too close to a stranger’s spit for comfort.
- Shower as soon as possible after. If you do shower at the gym bring your own flip flops.
With love and fitness, Dr. Natalie Pennington
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