Fitness · General Health

Germ-Free at the Gym


With summer just around the corner, a lot of people are getting their beach bodies ready. Working out at the gym is never a bad thing, but germs can thrive in that warm, sweaty environment. Here are a few tips to keep yourself healthy so that you can go out and enjoy the sun once you’ve conquered finals!

1. Don’t go barefoot

This is pretty basic but you’d be surprised how many people forget the flip flops and go without. Showers, saunas, and hot tubs are all breeding grounds for germs, so wear flip flops to protect your feet from athlete’s foot or warts.

2. Bring your own water

Water fountains are generally safe, but could get germy if anyone has recently coughed, sneezed, or spit on it before you. If you don’t like the taste of the water from your dorm, try checking out the new water filling stations in Schine and Bird.

3. Try not to touch your face

While it can be tempting to wipe the sweat from your face or itch your nose while working out, try to avoid it, as it can transfer germs picked up off of door handles, machines, or mats. Not only will avoiding this prevent you from picking up a cold, but it will also help keep your skin from being irritated or breaking out.

4. Stay hydrated

Not only will drinking lots of water help to replenish what you loss from working out, but it will also keep the mucus membranes around your eyes, nose, and mouth moist. This will reduce the likelihood of germs sticking there.

5. Shower 

I’m hoping this is an obvious one.  Showering soon after going to the gym can help you rid any unwanted germs and bacterias.  If you don’t have enough time for a shower, give your hands a good wash before leaving.

By Fiona O’Connor