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Wipe Down Gym Equipment Before Using It

Wipe Down That Machine Before You Use It

Here's an important tip to take with you to the gym: wipe down equipment before using it. The gym is a breeding ground for germs, and even though it's nice to think that the person on the treadmill wiped it down before you, this isn't always the case. Keep in mind that you can catch more than the everyday flu or cold from gym equipment. Superbugs — like the staph bacteria MRSA — can survive on gym equipment that hasn't been cleaned properly. Staph is an incredibly aggressive skin infection that is hard to treat — something none of us should have to endure. An Idaho hospital recently reported a rise in staph infections, and officials cite that improper hygiene at gyms and other fitness facilities are the culprit.

The next time you hop on anything in the gym, give it a quick disinfecting. And to be on the safe side, wash your hands when you're done. Better safe than sorry.

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Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
after watching an oprah about staph and MRSA I have constant nightmares :( :( scary, i just always worry I can never clean enough. shana, you look amazing!!!
hllrbackgirl hllrbackgirl 7 years
i always thought i was being too cautious when wiping before and after. good to know it's not all in vain.
nutrihuney nutrihuney 7 years
i never thought about this but i should probably also wipe down the treadmill at home since several of us use it on a daily basis :-p
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 7 years
*coughing lol. oops
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 7 years
this is so gross. when the whole swine flu freak out happened I was so scared of going to the gym. all those people cramped on the machines, coffing, wiping their sweat and then pushing on the buttons. grossss!!! always carry a bottle of hand sanitizer!
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