Here’s a way to avoid gym germs to reduce the chances you’ll leave a workout coughing, sneezing or itching.
Shawn McIntosh with Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System says the following places are the five germiest places in any gym.
These are high-touch surfaces that have the greatest potentials for germ buildup.
— Interior entrance door handles and push plates.
— Shower floors.
— Free weight benches and bars.
— Mats and all cardio and weight training machine touch points.
The company drew its conclusions from a recent study it performed on gym surfaces.
McIntosh offered some tips for avoiding contamination.
— Always wear flip-flops in the shower and when walking around the locker room.
— Use antifungal powder in your gym shoes to stop bacteria and fungus from developing.
— Change socks often; sweaty socks are a breeding ground for fungi.
–Don’t store damp towels or clothing in your gym bag.
— Take your own soap to the gym.
— Don’t share towels.
— Wash gym shoes in a hot water cycle occasionally.
— Bring your own water bottle to the gym–drinking fountains are heavily contaminated with germs.
— Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
— Always wipe equipment and machines before use, including mats and cardio machines. Bring your own wipes if the gym doesn’t supply them.
— To avoid getting others sick, don’t visit the gym when you’re under the weather.
— After working out, wash hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.