Oh….my: not so Zen yoga mat

Healthy Woman - - HEALTHY LIFE -

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.

BE GONE

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.

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