Nothing is worse than arriving at the gym pumped for a workout, only to sit down on the weight bench and find yourself in a pool of another girl’s sweat. While many people use public gyms to work out on a regular basis, it seems that the largest percentage of them could use a lesson or two in the world of gym hygiene. Here are seven important gym hygiene tips that everyone should know.
1. Hands off!
The quickest way to spread germs is to touch your face with dirty hands. Make sure that you are never putting your hands on your face after touching gym equipment or you can wind up with a nasty case of the flu. The quickest way to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands after a work out and be careful not to touch your face while you are in the gym.
2. Wipe everything down
Carry a towel with you from one piece of equipment to the next and give everything a quick wipe down before you start exercising. You don’t have to bathe the barbells in Clorox wipes, but it certainly couldn’t hurt to wipe up the drops of sweat the last guy left behind.
Bring your own mat for floor exercises. If you are participating in yoga or other classes that require you to use mats, don’t put your face on the nasty communal mats lining the gym floor. Instead, bring your own so you can be sure it is clean and germ free.