We’ve all been exposed to tips about how to stay healthy and limit the spread of viruses and germs during cold and flu season. Make sure you sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm, not into the room. Make sure you wash your hands before handling food. Limit your contact with contaminated surfaces. And of course, don’t come into work when you’re clearly ill. Nobody appreciates those kinds of heroics. But there are a few tips that specifically apply to the gym environment, tips that can help you stay healthy and keep others safe from the spread of harmful germs.
Keep these in mind and stay healthy during the coming spring:
- There’s no need for paranoia, but one of the fastest ways to spread germs is by touching surfaces that have been touched by many other people. And the gym is full of these. Every barbell, handle, and piece of equipment has certainly come in contact with multiple strains of cold and flu virus by the time you arrive on the scene. So protect your hands. Wear your Gripads instead of handling equipment directly.
- Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your gym bag and make use of it now and then as you move from one piece of equipment to the next. It only takes a few seconds to apply, and most sanitizers are alcohol based, so they kill both viruses and bacteria.
- Wipe down your equipment to clear away your sweat after you use it. This goes without saying.
- Sharing a bottle of water is as friendly and supportive as it is germy, but you don’t have to do it if everybody thinks ahead and nobody runs out.
- Don’t let fear of colds keep you out of the gym. Exercise is a vital part of strong immunity. So to stay healthy, eat a balanced diet with plenty of vitamin c, get adequate sleep, and don’t be afraid of a few germs at the gym. Pack your Gripads, keep your hands clean, and get in there.