It’s a new year, and also a time for a new you.Now is the moment to take full advantage of cheap health club memberships, in hopes to build a summer-ready body by spring.There’s no better time to do so, and also no better time to get sick.Huh? That’s right, get sick.Gym memberships spike dramatically during the first months of the year.Along with this, so does the likelihood of becoming ill.
Gyms play host to a variety of bacteria and fungi.With all the sweating, combined with poor sanitation habits from some members, it can become a hotbed for germs.Yes, there are those inconspicuous spray bottles one can use, but research has shown some disinfectants aren’t working to their desired effect.
Among the cold and flu viruses lurking in these clubs, skin infections such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are becoming more common.A transmission of such bacteria through open wounds and lesions can have a severe effect.In some instances, surgical interventions were required for treatment.
Don’t fret.There are preventive measures to make yourself less vulnerable. Here are some common but effective methods:
·Carry your own Hand-Sanitizer
·ALWAYS wipe down equipment, even after yourself
·NEVER walk barefoot in locker rooms and pool areas
·Bring your own mats
·If using a public locker, sanitize it first
Microscopic organisms shouldn’t ruin your new year’s resolutions.If improving your health and well being are your priorities for this year, then don’t let these little germs deter you.Having proper sanitation habits can save time and trouble.So the next time you decide to plop your glutes on that machine or mat, just be aware of the many glutes that were plopped before you.WIPE THEM DOWN.
If there’s still a residing fear, skip the gym and just work out at home.