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Take showers. If you're getting into a pool or hot tub, shower first to prevent introducing bacteria. Then shower when you leave to prevent picking up Nike Air Max Uptempo Sneaker News
"hot tub rash," a skin infection caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. (By the way, though it's very unlikely that you'd pick up a sexually transmitted infection from just sitting in a hot tub, says Glatt, if you're getting frisky with a fellow Nike Air Max Uptempo Gs
an active infection like a nasty blister or rash and avoid body contact, since skin infections can be transmitted through contact sports like basketball and racquetball, says Adalja. "The more contact, the more potential for infection," adds Glatt. And if you have an active infection (even if it's just a cold), think about staying home until you've recovered, Adalja says. It's common courtesy.
Now, this isn't an excuse to cancel your gym membership: The benefits of exercise "clearly outweigh" the risks for infections, says Adalja. Just follow these tips to safeguard your health.
Wash your hands often. After exercise, wash your hands for Nike Air More Uptempo Mens White at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap, particularly before touching your face or eating (yes, even that wrapper protected energy bar).
Wipe machines twice. Wipe down equipment before and after you use it. And don't just swipe with a plain towel, although that's better than nothing, Adalja says. Instead, use an antibacterial wipe or spray. Some gyms even provide complimentary cleaning agents, so no excuses.
Use your own supplies. Bring your own equipment whenever possible, including yoga mats, boxing gloves, and boxing wraps. Never share towels or razors. (If you must use gym owned boxing gloves that can't accommodate boxing wraps, consider wearing latex gloves underneath, advises Neal Pire, spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine and owner of Inspire Training Systems.) Though the risk of acquiring MRSA from exercise equipment is low, according to a small 2011 study in the American Journal of Infection Control, shared supplies like yoga mats can be "a haven for dirt, sweat, and grime," says Pire.
gym goer, you are at risk.) And of course, take your typical shower after working out to help prevent fungal infections like Athlete's foot and jock itch, which can develop if you hang out in sweaty or wet clothes.
Upper respiratory tract infections are the likeliest threat, says Amesh Adalja, a board certified physician specializing in infectious diseases and clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This risk for a cold or flu at gyms is similar to what you'd face in other public settings, says Adalja, but going to the gym can boost your odds of contracting MRSA (short for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) particularly if you participate in contact sports or share equipment. And while "staph" usually doesn't cause health problems about 1 in 3 people carries it harmlessly MRSA is scary, since it's immune to certain antibiotics, Adalja says.
Dumbbells. Bike seats. Yoga mats. Hot tubs. Sweaty bodies. Shower floors. You go to the gym to get fit, not to get sick. But you could be exposing yourself to infection while you exercise if you're not careful.
Wrap those wounds. If you have any type of wound, whether it's actively bleeding or in the process of healing, cover it with a secure bandage. Most skin infections "are picked up through breaks in people's skin," Adalja explains. (Avoid whirlpools or swimming pools until you've healed, advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.) If your wounds aren't healing properly healthy people should see improvement in two or three days, Adalja says or if you have a fever or abnormal pain, consult a healthcare provider. You may have an infection that needs medical attention.
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