As many South Floridian fitness enthusiasts are forced to exercise indoors due to the time change or cooler weather, many health clubs will inevitably become more crowded.
Unfortunately, this also means that the average person will be more susceptible to illness.
Most health clubs are already breeding grounds for all types bacteria, and an environment where sweaty bodies are in close proximity makes it even easier for one to catch the flu, athlete’s foot or a staph infection. Microscopic viruses can be expelled from person to person through a cough, sneeze, or simply through conversation.
With that in mind, here are some precautions to take to avoid catching more than just a quick workout at the gym:
- Get a flu shot– This is probably the most effective way of avoiding the influenza virus. Contact your doctor or a local pharmacy to arrange a flu shot. Currently,all Walgreens stores in West Palm Beach are offering flu shots for $29.
- Wipe down gym equipment before and after using it– Bacteria can easily spread from person to person simply by touch. Many gyms are now equipped with sanitizers and paper towels, so always use them.
- Bring your own towels- Do you know if your gym towel is truly clean? Washing your towel in bleach and hot water will kill germs.
- Use antibacterial soap for washing your hands/showering– Before leaving the gym, you should always wash your hands or shower with antibacterial soap to avoid the spread of germs to your car or home.
- Change out of your sweaty clothes– Sweaty or damp clothes is a breeding ground for bacteria. Bring a change of clothes if you don’t have time to take a shower.
- Avoid coming into contact with weights/gym equipment by: 1) Using weight- lifting gloves. 2) Wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts. 3)Avoid sitting nude on toilet seats or in saunas 4) Wearing shoes or flip flops in the shower room.