Wow, is anyone else still recovering (mentally and physically) from that nasty cold and flu season we just had? I haven’t been sick since the week after Christmas, but I felt like germs have been surrounding me everywhere I went the past few months! I saw runny noses and heard people coughing everywhere I went. And I know a lot of people who are members of the gym I work at ended up missing quite a few workouts due to these resistant germs. So I thought I’d share with you some ways to stay healthy in a gym atmosphere.
Fuel your body. Step one is to make sure you are fueling your body, not only with good sources of energy, but also eating a variety of foods to make sure you load up on all of the good nutrients. And make sure you are fueling your body with plenty of water. Immunity boosting choices for foods and drinks include garlic, ginger, turmeric, citrus fruits, green veggies, almonds, and green tea and are great foods to add into your diet regularly. If you keep your body fueled with healthy foods, then when sickness hits, you’ll be better able to fight off the bad!
Use the provided spray. Your gym should have some kind of sanitizing spray available for you to wipe down your equipment. If you are unsure, wipe it down before you workout as well as after. You may want to bring your own mat to classes like yoga or Pilates. Just be aware of common places where people may place their hands and be sure to wash your hands when you are done. It’s also nice to wash your hands before your workout as well.
Cover any cuts or broken skin. This is a pretty good rule in general when going out into public.
Use a clean towel and don’t share it. This one seems like pretty common sense, but it’s a good reminder.
Bring your own water. If your gym has a drinking fountain you normally use it may be wise to bring your own water (or two) so you can avoid any accidental germs passing while you are just trying to get a drink.
Make sure your gym is clean and has good ventilation. There are many reasons why a clean gym should be important to you, but avoiding germs is at the top! You’ll also want to be sure there is plenty of good ventilation. Ask if windows can be opened or fans turned on; even if it’s not possible, it’s worth asking!
Disinfect your gym bag regularly. This is one people tend to skip, but it’s important to keep all those things clean and germ free. Plus, do you really want to carry around a bag that stinks of sweat and dirty feet?
Avoid touching your face. Use a towel to wipe sweat away, but try to avoid placing your hands on the floor or equipment and then directly on your face.
If you are already sick try to avoid class settings where you’ll be packed in tightly with others. Be kind and give others space and be sure to really clean your area when you are finished. Even if the doctor has cleared you as no longer contagious, others don’t know that and may get a little freaked out. If you are still contagious and spreading germs, skip the gym and rest!
Stay healthy my friends!