There’s many reasons why exercise and going to the gym is good for us. But now (more than ever) if we’re not following the proper guidelines to stop the spread of germs, our well-meaning habit could end up hurting our health and those around us.
So how do we reduce our risk of illness and keep each other safe at the gym this cold and flu season? (And also in the middle of a global pandemic!) Sports medicine specialist Caitlin Lewis, MD, gives these tips for avoiding gym germs and staying healthy.
Wash your hands regularly & don’t touch your face. A harmless nose itch while you’re lifting weights or wiping sweat from your eyes can transfer germs from your hands to your face without even realizing it. Wash your hands before and after the gym and use hand sanitizer as a substitute in-between.