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Microbial Hazards at the Gym

Adaped from an article by Elizabeth Narins.

Has your gym been treated with Nano-Shield antimicrobial? Nano-Shield provides and invisible layer of protection on both hard and soft surfaces which kills all microbes including MRSA. Have your gym owner call 855-687-0976 to be referred to a specialist who can keep you and your gym rat friends safe from infections.

It’s old news that your gym isn’t the safest, most sanitary place in the world. It’s why you’re supposed to wipe down equipment and wear shower shoes and sanitize your hands religiously. Which you obviously always do.

While experts agree that being sedentary is riskier than working out at a fitness center, a little bit of caution can help you avoid icky infections and injury. So the next time you hit the gym, steer clear of the hazards below, and consider yourself warned by Philip M. Tierno, Ph.D., clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University School of Medicine and author of The Secret Life of Germs: Observations and Lessons from a Microbe Hunter, and Alison Peters, M.S., a clinical exercise physiologist at the Sports Performance Center at New York University Langone Medical Center.

    1. The Bottom of Your Shoes. If you’re flexible enough to touch your toes, (1) you’re awesome and (2) you probably go for the gold when you stretch. Bad idea, Tierno says. When you wear your sneakers outside and around the gym, the last thing you want to do is get your hands all up in the filth you’ve picked up along the way. It could include harmful bacteria that can enter your body through a broken cuticle or your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands end up there.
    2. “Clean” Towels. First off: Just because those fluffy towels look freshly laundered doesn’t mean they’re sanitary. Even if you BYOT, be careful how you use it. If you throw it down on a bench or mat, then accidentally use the dirty side to wipe your hands or brow, you’ll expose yourself to whatever bacteria and/or fungus it picked up. The fix? Use tape (or if you’re using your own towel, a Sharpie) to “X” the side you’re putting down. Oh, and remember to fold the dirty side into itself when you toss it in your bag, lest you contaminate everything else in there.
    3. The Bottom of Your Locker. Chances are, those lockers get cleaned next to never. To protect your gear from the resulting ickiness (which could include skin cells, harmful bacteria, and other filth), Tierno recommends stowing your stuff in a disposable shopping bag before you place it in the locker.

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