When you go to the gym you go to get fit and healthy.
You go to improve your cardiovascular health and transform your physique.
However, what you may not realize, is that every time you go to the gym you are exposing yourself to billions of germs and viruses that can make you sick.
Top 5 Places Germs are Hiding at The Gym
The Gym Floor
Do you know how many dirty shoes walk on the gym floor on a daily basis?
The gym floor is literally a camp group for nasty germs.
It is covered in dirt and sweat that gives germs everything they need to thrive.
The Locker Room Floor
The locker room floor tends to have more germs than the gym floor.
This is because locker rooms are warm and moist.
Warm and moist environments are breeding grounds for viruses and fungi to grow.
Athlete’s foot is one of the most common diseases people pick up at the gym.
You should therefore NEVER walk around with your shoes off.
If at all possible, never use the water fountain at a gym.
A study done by the University of Arizona found that water fountains are one of the nastiest places in the gym.
They have more germs than even the locker room floors.
Always take your own water bottles.
The Gym Equipment
When a sweaty person gets up off a machine, they are leaving behind a host of nasty germs.
The same goes for dumbbells, weight plates, and anything else you touch in the gym.
If a gym goer sneezes into their hands, which happens all the time, that can easily cause over 100,000 infectious particles to be transferred onto the equipment.
Saunas, Hot Tubs, Swimming Pools, and Showers
All four of these spaces have two things in common. They are wet and they are warm.
Wet and warm places are a breeding ground for fungi, flu viruses, giardia, and a host of dangerous bacteria.
How To Stay Safe at The Gym
Hopefully the information we’ve shared hasn’t made you too afraid to go to the gym.
We just believe its important to know about these dangers so you can take steps to protect yourself.
Here are 5 ways you can stay safe at the gym:
Take Your Own Water
The easiest way to avoid ingesting various bacteria and viruses is to simply take your own water.
Take Antibacterial Wipes
We’ve made it abundantly clear that germs are everywhere in the gym.
Because of this it is a good idea to carry antibacterial wipes with you anytime you go to the gym.
Use them to wipe down the equipment before and after you use it.
Wiping down the equipment will limit the chances of you picking up and transferring germs.
Wear Sandals In The Shower
You should never, under any circumstances, step foot into the shower without some type shoes on.
Walking around the gym barefoot is a recipe for disaster.
Use Plenty of Soap
Soap kills the germs that can make you sick.
It is therefore very important you wash your hands with plenty of soap after a workout.
If at all possible, wash your hands before leaving the gym.
This way you will reduce the chances that you will take the germs with you to your car.
This may seem a bit on the excessive side, but you may want to sanitize your hands after using each machine.
Doing so will provide an extra layer of protection as you move around the gym.
Cover Up any Open Sores
Before going to the gym check your hands for any scratches, scrapes, or cuts.
If you notice any be sure to cover them up before you get to the gym.
You can either use a band-aid or some type of bandage.
As long as all open sores are fully covered, what you use doesn’t really matter.
Keeping open sores and cuts covered will protect you from germs and skin infections.
Going to the gym to workout is a wonderful thing and something you should be very proud of.
However, you should also take certain precautions to ensure you don’t end up sick.
Always remember that germs are everywhere in the gym.
And while there is no way you can avoid them altogether, there are certain steps you can take to keep yourself safe.
So let’s do a quick recap.
Never drink out of the water fountains at the gym. You should instead take your own water bottles.
Wipe down all equipment, including dumbbells and barbells, before and after you use them.
Don’t be the type of person to leave the equipment sweaty. That’s just disgusting!
And last but not least, wash your hands with plenty of soap after you workout.
Doing so will prevent the spread of germs and viruses.