Considered as a public spot where dozens of people are attended to each day, the gym you go to is not certainly the cleanest of all places that you would come across. It’s a place where blood, sweat, and tears go hand in hands in literal terms; you never know what kind of bacteria or disease itself is lurking on that pair of dumb bells. And you never really can tell whether or not Uncle Shamsher’s fitness freak of a son wiped his hands off his towel when he sneezed before having a grip on that treadmill machine (no evidence found). Catching viral infections and diseases while working out and sharing gym equipment is a very common thing but not something you look forward to because things can get nasty. Here are a few tips to maintain good health and hygiene at the gym.
Using your own towel
Before we talk about using our own towel and not sharing it, let us just emphasize on the need for a towel first because many of us still don’t consider it a necessity. Your towel acts as a hurdle for sweat between your body and the gym equipment, but you also need to make sure that you wash your towel regularly and don’t skip that because your towel itself, if left unattended, can be home for bacterial growth.
Avoiding the gym on sick days
It’s really this simple. Save yourself from the torture and don’t drag yourself beyond the limits. Also, in this way, you also are doing your gym mates a favor because they won’t have to deal with all the germs in the air and get conscious about you using the gym machinery. It’s okay to give yourself some rest on days when you are suffering from fever or a cold, or just any sickness. Your fitness is to be made a priority but not an obsession.
Keeping a sanitizer
This is one of the best habits you can develop and one of the most beneficial and healthy ones indeed, even though sometimes for others it might be a bit annoying and you might be labeled as having OCD issues. Using a hand sanitizer at the gym helps you avoid picking up germs that cause viral infections as well as gastrointestinal illnesses which are very common to be caught at the gym.
Be careful in the shower area
Most of the gyms have showering facilities and you really need to check on how clean these areas are being maintained before you decide to use. Many individuals prefer showering at home because they aren’t much approving of the sanitation and cleanliness at gym showers, just make sure that if you are taking a bath over there you are wearing a pair of flip flops and making as less contact with the stuff around as possible.
Cleaning your gym bag
If you aren’t a big fan of keeping your gym bag clean and fresh smelling, you might as well be giving a new home for bacteria to move into. Your sweaty clothes and shoes go in there along with your gym towel, hence, your bag needs to be cleaned. In order to keep things handy, put your sweaty gym gear into a polythene bag before tossing it into the gym bag.