GOOD GYM HABITS

THREE THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT WORK­OUT AREA FILTH.

Men's Health (Singapore) - - HEALTH -

1 Gym­na­sium germs are gen­er­ally not dan­ger­ous. “Tons of bac­te­ria are shed while peo­ple ex­er­cise,” says Dr Su­san Whit­tier, a clin­i­cal mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist at New York Pres­by­te­rian Columbia Univer­sity Med­i­cal Center. “But they’re rarely path­o­genic.”

2 The locker room floor is the riski­est spot. Tests have found can­dida, which could cause an in­fec­tion sim­i­lar to ath­lete’s foot, and kleb­siella, which is found in fae­ces. Cut the risk by wear­ing flip-flops into the shower, sug­gests Dr Whit­tier.

3 Tests will find gym equip­ment filled with bac­te­ria. If you’re freaked out about this, wipe down benches and mats with the gym’s sani­tiser. – An­ge­laGiannopou­los

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