A new study profiled in today's NY Times suggests steps you can take to avoid skin infections at workout facilities. (Apparently, they're more contagious than you think.) Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself:
NY Times: How to Avoid Skin Infections at Gym
When you go to the gym, do you wash your hands before and after using the equipment? Bring your own regularly cleaned mat for floor exercises? Shower with antibacterial soap and put on clean clothes immediately after your workout? Use only your own towels, razors, bar soap, water bottles?If you answered "no" to any of the above, you could wind up with one of the many skin infections that can spread like wildfire in athletic settings.
Before you get nervous, the chief author of the study says: "It’s what we all learned — or should have learned — in sixth-grade health class. It’s all common sense. You need to keep yourself and your equipment clean. You never know who last used the equipment in a gym. It can be a great breeding ground for these bugs, some of which are pretty nasty."
You can check out the entire article here.
image via Sean Locke/NY Times