Tips to Practice Good Gym Hygiene


You’ve been going to the gym regularly for weeks now. Good for you! Now take your newfound appreciation for health one step further by protecting yourself from contracting a “staph” infection while working out. Learn how you can protect yourself. 

Staph, which is short for Staphylococcus aureus, is bacteria that can cause various diseases as a result of infection in tissues of the body. The best way to prevent a staph infection is to follow good hygiene. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following for preventing staph transmission at the gym:
  • Wash your hands often and shower after a workout.
  • Keep all abrasions and cuts covered with a clean, dry bandage.
  • Avoid sharing towels or razors.
  • Use a barrier between your skin and exercise machines.
  • Use an alcohol-based wipe to clean equipment before and after use.

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