It's the new year, a lot more people are at the gym to make due on their resolution to get fit.
But with the recent flu outbreak, you want to be careful not to get sick in the very place that's supposed to make you healthier.
Here are tips on avoiding germs at the gym.
Fitness clubs can often be a haven for germs. A lot of people in a shared space, using the same equipment makes it easier for germs to spread.
But there are some things you can do to prevent catching the flu while working out.
First, don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands. You can literally get the flu by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face.
Most germs are spread that way. Second, wipe down equipment with a disinfectant wipe.
Towels aren't as effective because they may simply spread germs from one machine to another. And don't underestimate the power of washing your hands.
It's the best way to kill any germs that may be on your fingers. And if you do get the flu, take a break from working out.
The best way to recover is to get plenty of rest and sleep.
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