Staying at home does not mean you have to stop being hygienic when it comes to your workout. In fact, sanitary practices are one of the biggest pet peeves when it comes to working out. It is good to know how to work out germ free and to let people around you know how to do the same. Here are some tips on how to work out without any worry of getting an infectious disease:
Wipe Down the Equipment
One of the best tips to use while working out is to wipe down your gym equipment before and after you use it. Bacteria such as staphylococcus infections and MRSA can live on gym equipment, such as machines, dumbbells, and exercise mats. To get rid of it, simply grab the spray bottle and paper towel found at every gym and wipe down the areas you will be touching. You don’t have to wipe down the entire machine, just the parts you will be touching. Be sure to wipe the machine and everything else down after you are done using it to be courteous to others. If you have gym equipment at home, it’s good to practice wiping it down so that when you go back to the gym these hygienic practices will stay with you.
This may go without saying but it is also important for you to cover up cuts before exercising. Use band-aids, bandages and antiseptic to fight off germs from the wound. Doing this will help reduce skin infection and prevent most germs from getting into your cut. If you end up getting an accidental cut at the gym, be sure to find the nearest first aid kit and cover up.
Practice Good Hygiene
Another no brainer to keep safe from harmful bacteria while working out is to practice good hygiene. Doing things like washing your hand and using hand sanitizer before and after working out will kill a lot of harmful bacteria. It is important to not touch your eyes or mouth during your workout because that will put you at a greater risk of catching something.
While germs may be present in your workout space, it does not mean you cannot exercise. The benefits of a good workout far outweigh the risk of contracting a virus at your exercise space. Just be sure to practice our hygienic tips while you work out.
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Article written by William Graves.