Oh….my: not so Zen yoga mat
We ferry our mats around with us tucked in the corner of our boot so we’re aptly prepared for that yoga or fitness class between meetings. Sometimes, we just opt to use the gym-provided ones without a second thought. What’s the worst that could happen? Well, for starters, a yoga mat is a perfect skin-infections incubator because it's always sweated on and rarely washed. Common bacteria found on the mats range from the fairly harmless ones to different staph varieties, strep, flesh-eating strep and regular fungi such as the athlete’s foot and ringworms. It's worse if the mat is kept in warm environments (as in Bikram yoga) as the bacteria thrives in such conditions. It is advisable placing something between you and the mat to keep sweat off of it, carrying your own mat and cleaning the mat regularly with bleach diluted water to kill all those pesky bacteria. Also always keep the mat dry and aired. Namaste.
Whether it’s from running marathons or from strutting in your high heels, blisters always manage to show up and cause unnecessary grief. Thankfully, the remedy for the world’s most common foot ailment also happens to be the most cost effective one. According to research published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, all you need is paper or surgical tape coupled with an efficient solution. Strapping this combo onto blister prone areas such as your heel and around your toes should reduce your blister occurrence rate by 40 per cent.