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While using reusable water bottles is recommended and good for the environment, it is important to always wash them after every use.
"Some people use the same water bottle each time they go to the gym. If you don't take it home and wash it, and you go to the gym a few or several days a week, the water bottle could be covered in bacteria."
Combs says soap and hot water are the best ways to wash the bottles after each visit to the gym.
Gym bags are often the most overlooked items and often carry the most bacteria.
"A lot of times we take our dirty clothes and put them in there, but we never clean the bag when we are done."
To prevent the spread of germs, it is important to always spray the bags with a disinfectant spray to kill the bacteria. This is recommended after each use if possible, but at least a few times a week for frequent gym-goers.
Showers and locker rooms
Always, always wear shoes in all areas of the gym, but especially in locker rooms and in the shower. If you sit down, make sure a clean towel is placed on top of the bench or seat.
"Walking barefoot in locker rooms or showers is an easy way to contract MRSA or pick up a fungal infection like athlete's foot. By wearing clean shoes, you can prevent catching something that is spread by skin contact."
It is also important to change your clothes after each work out.
"As soon as you leave the gym, you should change clothes as soon as possible. A lot of people continue to wear their sweaty clothes for an hour or hour and a half. It's important to take those off and shower as soon as you can after a workout."
While most people know that door handles, bathroom knobs and faucets are contaminated, it is important to use paper towels to turn off faucets and open the door after washing your hands.
Combs says by following the above tips, you can help ensure that you are protecting your immune system while also maintaining a health lifestyle. Source:
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