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Germs in the Gym

How to Avoid Germs in the Gym

Cold and flu season is at its highest during the colder months — meaning germs in the gym are more prominent than ever. There are many reasons that germs spread so easily in the gym, but the main reason is due to lack of sanitation.

It’s important to remain healthy and avoid illness as much as possible. However, that’s hard to do when germs are so easily transferable and the flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective this year, according to a recent study from Eurosurveillance.

That’s why it’s so vital to take charge, know where germs are most prominently found in the gym, and avoid them as best as possible.

Where Are Germs in the Gym?

A simple answer to the question, “Where are germs in the gym?” — everywhere. However, they are most commonly found on the workout equipment.

As a matter of fact, the treadmill is the most popular machine in the gym and said to have a the highest levels of bacteria found on them. Other hot spots for germs include free weights, weight machines, and exercise balls.

That’s right, your favorite piece of workout equipment could be the leading cause of your illness. Not only that, but if the bacteria that gets you sick is a strain that’s resistant to antibiotics, it could be deadly. That’s why you should always know how to remain healthy and avoid germs at the gym.

How to Avoid Germs in the Gym

There are a few ways to ensure you remain healthy and germ free while getting in your workout:

  • Always wipe down every piece of equipment before and after every use.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after you leave the gym.
  • Bring your own workout equipment to the gym instead of using the used equipment (i.e. yoga mat, foam roller, medicine ball, etc.)
  • Invest in at home workout equipment

Get a Gym At Home

If you’d prefer to workout in a place that you know is sanitary and untouched by hundreds of thousands of people per day, then you should invest in at home workout equipment.

Fitness Gallery specializes in creating high quality workout equipment that’s built specifically for our customers to improve their overall health and fitness. We offer a variety of equipment to choose from including treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, strength-training gyms, and more.

Plus we offer full services including delivery, installation, and repair. If you’re interested in investing in top of the line workout equipment, give us a call today or come check us out in person at one of our three locations.