Exercising at a gym or community center can be a great way to get in shape, alleviate stress and boost your energy. But be sure that the equipment is clean and sanitized, or you could walk away with a nasty bacterial infection.
In fact, some researchers have discovered antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus on yoga mats and cardio and resistance machines. Plus, bacteria can often lurk on hand weights and sweaty towels. To protect yourself from the risk of contracting this infection, follow these precautions from Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D.:
- Bring your own mats and bath towels to the gym for yoga classes or stretching.
- If you don’t have your own mat, bring antibacterial wipes to help disinfect them, or cover them with your towel from home.
- Also use the wipes to clean off weights and padded seats and handle bars on workout machines.
- Shower thoroughly after working out to remove traces of bacteria. Using soap and warm water can help cut down on your risk.