11 Ways To Deal With Gym Germs That Are Only Quasi-Germophobic

11 Ways To Deal With Gym Germs That Are Only Quasi-Germophobic

Generally on Tuesdays I share a healthy and/or yummy recipe for Travel Animal Doctor readers. This Tuesday, however, I found a humorous article from Buzzfeed that I just had to repost/share. I relate to this article so much, because while I love going to the gym, I always feel like I have cooties when I leave. 11 Ways To Deal With Gym Germs That Are Only Quasi-Germophobic Gyms are filthy garbage cans. But they’re garbage cans that facilitate physical fitness. Learn how to use one without becoming patient zero. Between the aroma of human funk in the locker room and seeing people’s sweat prints all over mats and machines, it’s reasonable to assume that gyms are pretty hectic germ-wise. View this image › reactiongifs.com But if we follow a few easy, expert-approved tips, even the most germaphobic among us can enjoy fitness. View this image › Getty Images/iStockphoto Dario Lo Presti BuzzFeed Life asked Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., director of the Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center at the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health to explain germs, how they live, work, and spread, and what measures gym-goers can take to minimize our exposure to these infection- and sickness-causing microorganisms. Here’s what she said. 1. Understand which germs are where. instagram.com / Via Instagram: @kaf234 “Moist environments are more efficient at spreading germs,” Reynolds says. Between sweaty equipment and mats, wet sinks and showers, and humid saunas, gyms are basically life-giving spas for germs. The two germs to be aware of in the gym environment are Trichophyton, the fungus that causes Athlete’s Foot, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of...
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