How to keep those skulking germs at the gym from getting to you

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Gyms are abound with germs. So much so that it is close to impossible to avoid contact with them. These pesky germs are most often rhinoviruses, which are responsible for causing common colds and flu. However, it’s important to know that sometimes, potentially seriously threatening bacteria can also be found lurking in gyms and hence it becomes pivotal to use all precautions you can to cut down your chances of contracting diseases in the gym.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Carry alcohol-based wipes with you or a little bottle of rubbing alcohol and a rag will also do. Wipe frequently used equipment, with it before you use them. The alcohol will kill the bacteria (you knew that. Dint you?).
  • If wiping equipment is not your thing, use towels. Use them on all shared surfaces like yoga mats and bolsters. Use the towels as barriers between the surface and your skin.
  • Avoid touching your face when working out. Bacteria enters your system fastest through your face.
  • Always wash your hands before you leave the gym. All the sweaty handshakes at the gym will have left a bacteria gang on your hands.
  • If you have blisters or any other open wounds on your skin, make sure they are covered with a bandage so as to not make you super vulnerable to infections.

Now go workout without a worry!

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