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Originally Published by News 18

What if you were told that the equipment you use at your favorite gym has more bacteria than a toilet seat! Gyms are a great place to exercise and keep fit, but they are also places for bacteria and fungi to thrive and spread. In a study by Fit Rated it was found that the treadmills had 74 times more bacteria than a public bathroom faucet and free weights had a staggering 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Warm and sweaty gym environments provide conducive environment for growth of organisms like fungi causing Athletes foot, nail fungus. It thus becomes critical to focus on gym hygiene. By adopting preventive measures, you can significantly lower your exposure to germs and thus your risk of infection.

Here are top 5 tips to keep you focused on your workout and not worried about an impending infection:

Always use germ protection wipes before using any equipment. With the sheer volume of people with varying hygiene habits going in and out of the gym on a day to day basis, there is no way that the equipment is going to be sterile even if cleaned every day. One of the easiest and the most effective ways to protect from germs causing infection is to wipe your equipment with a germ protection wipe. A great option is Savlon Germ Protection Wipes that provide 99.99 % germs protection and helps in removing dust, impurities. These wipes are travel friendly and have skin friendly pH. They are soft and gentle on skin. The fragrance in wipes provides a fresh and clean feeling post use. The wipes are truly multi-purpose: safe to use on hands, body, surfaces (glass, marble, wood, plastic, stainless steel, etc.) and even on gadgets (mobile phones and laptops) – to get those sweaty thumb prints off from our precious devices.

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