Have headlines highlighting health concerns got you paranoid? Here are top practices to keep you healthy in the gym, courtesy of IDEA member Linda LaRue, RN, MEd, ATC:
Beware the Buffer. Studies show that germs from a sneezing or coughing person can travel up to 6 feet. Keep your distance from someone showing signs of impaired health.
Keep It Clean. Don’t count on all exercisers to clean equipment once they’re finished with it. Sanitize the equipment both before and after use.
Wet Your Whistle. Stay hydrated throughout the day. This can keep the eyes, nose and mouth mucous membranes moist, which limits the possibility for germs to “stick” to these areas.
Change It Up. Avoid spending excess time in sweaty clothes, as they can become a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.
Call It Off. Avoid the further spread of viruses by staying home if you are not feeling well. People often exercise in close quarters, which increases the risk of infecting others when contagious.