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Warning: There are germs and bacteria in the gym!

Updated on February 5, 2010

Your safety inside the health gym

A proper workout inside the gym gives a satisfying feeling, strong body, sharp mind to face the world. But this will be accomplished if you got sick inside the gym where you are working out. Experts say, microbes inside the health clubs can cause cold and flu that can spread on your favorite exercise equipment that should be taken care of.

There are things we should do to avoid this scenario. It will also ensure that you’ll get the ideal body that you want without compromising your health.

Always bring an antibacterial wipes.

If the staff of the gym didn’t provide antibacterial wipes, you can clean the weights, stationary bike and other equipment that you will use. Set aside for yourself that you’ll use after your workout, in order to prevent residual germs on your hands that you use holding gym equipment.

Use your own mat.

Doctors were stunned due to the rising number of gym people having athlete’s foot when doing the popular yoga, wherein the floor is full of bacteria from the feet of gym enthusiasts. There are gyms that doesn’t clean the floor everyday, so the ideal way is to bring your own mat when doing yoga. After going home, clean the mat you used to prevent germs from invading your home, too.

Bring two towels.

Don’t be too lenient when using towels when taking a shower after the workout. The big towel will be for your body and the smaller one for your feet. This way, the germs from your feet will not be transmitted to your body and face.

Wear flip-flops or slippers.

Always wear slippers when taking a shower after working out in the gym. This will prevent you from making direct contact to the germs or bacteria that are lurking and increasing at the wet floor of gym’s shower room or even in the sauna or spa.

Change into workout clothes and shoes.

The receiving room of the gym should have a changing room so that you can be safe from germs brought by other gym enthusiasts. Change into a more comfortable workout clothes and leave your other things inside the locker provided to you by the gym staff.

Be sure that you shouldn't forget this set of reminders when you go to your favorite health gym. Go, work it out!


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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Gary: At last! I hope your wife will be happy to discover what's the good things that are waiting for her inside the gym. Thanks for trusting!

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      Gary 6 years ago

      Thanks for the post. I've been trying to get my wife to go to the gym with me, but she's a germ-o-phobe. She simply refused to get on the anti burst gym ball because it was "covered in germs!" Oh well. This hub helped her realize that it's not entirely bad!

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      Ireno Alcala 8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Health gyms should live up to its name, clean and germ-free. Thanks for your comment, bacville. I hope you learn from it.

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      bacville 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      It is a must to be safety-conscious, all the time. Thanks for expounding on this hub about the health gym.