Germs at The Gym
Going to the gym is a great way to spend a few hours because it is one of the best ways to get ripped, get healthy, and improve your overall physical fitness. There’s no better way to shed some pounds and shred your biceps than by hitting the gym at least 5 days per week. The thing is that the gym is not all it’s cracked up to be, not because you won’t get fit, but because you might get sick.
Health clubs, gyms, and spas are notorious for being a breeding ground for different bacteria and viruses. The viruses that can be found at the gym include things like the rhinovirus, hepatitis, and novovirus too, and those are just a few of the many different ones that you could encounter. Even worse is that many of these viruses can live on the surfaces of gym equipment for a great many days.
The reason that gyms are so bad when it comes to being full of germs is because it’s usually very hot and humid in those places, not to mention that everyone gets sweaty and sweats all over the equipment, equipment that everybody shares. Did you know that up to 70 percent of all gym equipment is contaminated with the rhinovirus? Ok, it may not be as bad as it sounds because the rhinovirus is just a scary name for the germs that cause the common household cold, but do you want to get a sore throat and the sniffles? I didn’t think so!
You shouldn’t be scared though, and you certainly shouldn’t stop going to the gym, because after all, the risk is well worth the reward. With the right information and the proper precautions you can avoid getting sick at the gym, and also avoid bringing those germs home to your family. You don’t have to be scared of getting sick at the gym as long as you know where the germs love to multiply, and if you know how to avoid them. Keep reading and find out where the biggest breeding ground for germs is in the gym, and if possible, how to avoid those areas too.
Before we begin, there are some things that you can do to avoid getting sick at the gym before even starting your daily workout. The first that you want to do is to check out the gym before signing up for it. Make sure that the gym is very clean, observe to see if there is ample sanitizing spray and if people are using it, take a look to see how clean (and wet) the locker rooms are, and take a look to see how well ventilated the gym is. A lack of sanitizer, a lack of ventilation, and too much humidity are all bad signs. Also, if you have any cuts, be sure to wrap them up tightly before entering the gym because cuts are a great way for germs to get under your skin and into your system.