5 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick at the Gym

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There is a lot of paranoia going around because of the coronavirus, which has canceled professional sports leagues, events, schools, and offices around the world. However, it’s still important to live a healthy lifestyle by getting your nutrients and maintaining your fitness. While a gym might be a place where sickness can easily spread, here are some ways to avoid getting sick at the gym.

1. Wash Your Hands Throughout

The most important thing you can do is wash your hands throughout your workout. For this to be effective, you need to do it properly by lathering up for at least 20 seconds. As you are washing your hands, make sure you are also getting your fingers and wrists, and scrub as best as you can.

2. Wipe Down Equipment

Another way to combat any germs that might be in a gym is to wipe down all equipment before and after use. This includes everything from barbells to benches to buttons on machines. Either use the gym wipes or sanitizer the gym provides or bring your own.

3. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face

It’s also important to keep your hands away from your face as you’re working out. If you feel the need to wipe sweat off your face, use a towel instead. Touching your face after using exercise equipment is the easiest way to get sick, so be as self-conscious about it as possible.

4. Bring Your Own Towel and Mat

Speaking of towels, if you feel more comfortable bringing your own, do it. The same can be said for yoga mats as well. There are a lot of people who go in and out of a gym, and limiting your contact as much as possible is your best move to remain healthy.

5. Workout at Home

A final way to avoid getting sick at the gym is to just do it at home. By working out at home, you can eliminate the chance of being exposed to the germs you might come across in the gym. There are many effective workouts you can do from the comfort of your home. Plus, you can get all the equipment you typically find at a local gym for your home and set up an awesome gym of your own.

Written by Kevin O'Neill

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