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Practice cleanliness at the gym: The dangers of germs

Posted on 25 June 2015

            You ever wonder why there are anti bacterial sprays or disposable wipes on each wall of the gym??? Because it is infested with bacteria, fungus, and other germs that can cause you to be ill. However, this shouldn’t prevent you from going to the gym. These germs can easily be avoided if you practice cleanliness at the gym and take it seriously by understanding the potential risks if you underestimate common germs. Here are some things you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick.

Spray and Wipe: It is so crucial to disinfect gym equipment before you use it. This is why they keep sprays and disinfectant wipes around the gym. For example, Klebsiella is a bacteria that is spread through simple contact on cardio machines, weights, water fountains and etc.This bacteria can cause you to have a variety of infections such as urinary tract and pneumonia. All it takes is accidentally rubbing your eyes or nose after touching the handle bars on a treadmill that you didn’t wipe down.

            Another kind of bacteria that can be contracted through skin-to-skin contact or exercise equipment is Staph, which is short for Staphylococcus Aureus. This is a bacteria that causes skin infections, and if not taken seriously can become life threatening. It usually causes milk skin abrasions such as rashes and pimples, however, if left untreated it can penetrated deeper into your skin and infect you with pneumonia or meningitis.

Shoes while Showering: If you shower at the gym before you go home, buy yourself a pair of flip flops or water shoes to wear while you shower because you definitely don’t want to contract anything there. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is an STD, however even if you don’t come into sexual contact with it, you can still become affected. Although HPV, if contracted sexually, causes genital warts, you can get warts from walking around barefoot in the bathroom and shower of your gym.

Wash your gym clothes after each wear. This isn’t just because you want your clothes to smell good each time you go to the gym. But you want to make sure your used gym clothes don’t become a carrier for bacteria and viruses. Also remember to ALWAYS wash your hands before leaving the gym and especially before eating anything. 

Make sure you don’t share personal care items with other people. Just because they’re your friend doesn’t make it safe to share towels, soap, makeup, razors and etc. Anything that someone else may have touched could be contaminated with bacteria.

At the end of the day, always remember that you never know who used the workout equipment before you and who has stepped into the shower before you. Never assume that people take just as good care of their hygiene as you do. Always take precautions by disinfecting community equipment. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


Erika Alexandra


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