How to: Avoid Gym Germs

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There’s nothing better than breaking a sweat and arguably, there’s nothing worse than touching someone else’s. Gyms embody all things healthy but lurking on, under and around the very equipment that gives you killer legs and toned arms are germs and bacteria that be very detrimental to your health. Follow these tips from personal trainer Pierce Hutchings of HiFi Fitness to make sure that your trip to the gym doesn’t end with a trip down the medicine aisle.

  1. Reduce amount of surface contact: Wipe down machines before and after use. Another tip: use towels as a barrier to prevent contact.
  2. Fountain of Youth Germs: Water fountains are brimming with bacteria because they bring a large number of people to a small area. A quick fix is to bring your own water bottle.
  3. Take it Easy: Take the necessary steps to make sure you aren’t over-training or becoming dehydrated. “When people over-train, they get dehydrated which increases their chances of getting sick by weakening their immune system,” Pierce says.

Now, hit the gym (just don’t forget to wash your hands).

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