Worried about picking up a bug? Maybe stay away from the gym…


As we write these blogs, the process often starts with some research, be it online, on the phone or even directly with you, our members.

Something we perhaps didn’t see coming was the current discontent around hygiene in gyms, something that is coming more to the forefront at a time of year known for being that bit busier with newer gym goers.

Despite being known for the place to go to remain fit and healthy, we were drawn to wonder whether there is actually more chance of picking up a bug or illness in the gym.

In a survey in a popular fitness magazine, it was seen that germs appear in all corners of gyms, right from benches to changing rooms, and of course, in swimming pools.

The lack of hygiene in some areas has concerned trainers, who, spending much of their working week in these environments, have to keep a close check on their health.

While a gym filled with sweat and kit will unlikely ever be ‘germ free’, we have recommended some tips that may help keep risk of illness to a minimum.

Sanitisers
Encourage your gym to install hand sanitisers. You’ll find people are encouraged to use these, and they will help prevent the spread of germs.

Towels
Does the person before you wipe down the equipment after use? Encourage your gym to encourage its members to bring towels, or at least provide tissues and spray to clean equipment after use.

Flip flops
Shower at the gym? Make sure you cover your feet. Changing rooms are a hotspot for verrucas and athlete’s foot.

Staying hydrated
We all re-use water bottles, so there’s no shame in that. Just make sure you change it every couple of weeks.

Image credit: www.capitaltimes.co.nz

2 responses to “Worried about picking up a bug? Maybe stay away from the gym…

  1. I often wonder how often the fitness mats are washed – the ones used for yoga and Pilates. Would you want to put your face where some sweaty stranger has just had his bum?

  2. AJ Ball

    Wow! I am surprised this has taken so long to be covered. I have been banging on about sweat towels and the bacteria on mats for years. I have been trying to get my pump class to bring their sweat towels and hope this year I will have 100% success. I can control my community based classes and I carry anti-bac wipes with me.

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