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5 dirtiest places to avoid in gym

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As you go to gym to get healthy, don’t pick up germs that can get you sick. Here are the places germs stick around in.

Dumbbells and other free weights

In the gym, hand weights and barbells are some of the most handled items, and are most likely to have the germs that carry common cold to influenza to gastrointestinal infections. The best thing to do is to use sanitizing wipes as you go from one piece of equipment to the next

Shower and locker room floors

Don’t go barefoot anywhere in the gym (even the yoga studio), otherwise you risk getting pesky Athlete’s Foot, a fungus that thrives on damp floors. Athletes Foot is the second most common infection you can get at the gym after the common cold. Instead of walking around barefoot, wear shower sandals, and thoroughly dry your feet before putting on your clean socks and dry shoes.

Cardio equipment

The handles and buttons on elliptical machines, treadmills and other cardio machines can harbor huge amounts of germs because so many hands and fingers touch them. Sanitize these surfaces by wiping them down.

Gym mats

Skin infections like ringworm, as well as respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses lurk around Mats. It’s much safer to bring your own, and clean it often with sanitizing wipes or sprays. If you don’t have your own mat, put a towel on it so that you don’t have direct contact with the dirty surface.

Your gym bag

Your clothes and shoes pick up germs as you go through your workout, so put them in a plastic bag inside your gym bag if you don’t want to take them home with you. Don’t wear the same socks, shorts and workout wear without washing them. Items like exercise gloves and water bottles can also gather germs, so wash them and the bag itself frequently.