How to Stay Hygienic at the Gym

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Gyms and fitness centres can house many germs that can make you sick. People sweat all over the equipment and most do not wipe it clean, or do not clean it properly after use. The best measures to take to ensure your facility is as hygienic is possible is to take a proactive approach. Here are some tips to help you to ensure your hygienic safety while at the fitness centre.

Wipe Equipment Before and After Use

Fitness centres are hot places with sweaty people touching everything. You can never be sure that other members are doing the right thing and wiping down the equipment after every use unless you see them. Be proactive and wipe down your machines before and after you use them. Take extra steps to know that you are doing your part in keeping the environment and yourself as germ-free as possible. Wiping equipment also includes you! Wash your hands immediately after you finish your fitness session and wash all your gear when you get home.

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Antibacterial Soap

Washing your hands is the number one way to prevent the spread of infectious illness. This is especially critical after using the toilet, changing the baby, handling raw foods, working at your desk, or shaking hands. But, are antibacterial soaps better for this than other soaps.

Researchers at U-M’s School of Public Health reviewed 27 studies that examined the effectiveness and safety of antibacterial soaps containing triclosan. Detergents that used the word “antibacterial” on their labels were also included in the studies. Alcohol-based hand gels were excluded.

According to researchers at the University of Michigan, Antibacterial soaps aren’t any better than ordinary soaps for washing away germs. They also warn that antibacterial soaps may have the unwanted side effect of promoting antibiotic resistance in users.

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