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Is going to the gym bad for your well-being?

People go to the gym to get fit and healthy so they’re the last place you would expect to come across a serious threat to your well-being. Research shows that they’re a breeding ground for harmful bacteria which could make you sick. Not only is bacteria lurking on gym equipment but it can also be found in saunas and changing rooms. However, don’t let that put you off going to the gym because there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and we’ve listed some of the main ones here:

• Your gym will regularly clean all the equipment, but you should take your own precautions. They usually provide disposable towels and disinfectant spray at various points around the gym so you should use it to clean each piece of equipment before you use it. You should also give the equipment a wipe down when you’re done for the next person.

• When it comes to basic equipment such as yoga mats and boxing gloves you might prefer to purchase your own rather than share.

• Bacteria thrive in warm temperatures so saunas provide the perfect environment for them to grow so you need to take to protect yourself. If you have a cut or graze you should avoid them altogether but if you do go for one the perfect way to put a barrier between you and others is to sit on a towel.

• Good personal hygiene is also important so make sure you have a shower right after you work out. If they have a soap dispenser then that’s great but if they only have a communal bar of soap don’t use it. It might be a good idea to take your own shower gel just in case. When you’re in the shower area you should also wear flip-flops instead of going bare feet.

If you follow these steps you should be safe.

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