Everyone going to fitness centers to stay healthy, but all of the germs that lurk at the gym can make you sick. Staying away from germs should not mean staying away from the gym. Just knowing what can be lurking can help you avoid any diseases and infections. If the thought of germs at the gym makes you sick, take these preventative measures to stay in good health while you get in good shape.

1. Wipe your equipment with antibacterial Sanitizer

People forgetting to wipe down the fitness equipment, so the guy next to you sneezing on the treadmill or other gym equipment, can be a breeding ground for germs. If your gym provides these wipes, make use of it. If they don’t, take your own. Be careful and be thoughtful by wiping down any equipment both before and after you use it to help everyone stay healthy.

2. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face

Germs penetrate your body through your mouth, eyes, and nose, so the easiest way to spread them is to touch the gym equipment that has been contaminated and then touch your face.

One of the most important ways to protect yourself is also one of the simplest: Avoid any hand-to-face contact after handling the gym equipment. Further you can use a towel, not your hand, to wipe away any perspiration.

3. Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands frequently with a good antibacterial hand wash as you finish with one piece of equipment and before moving on to the next. Wash your hands at least for 20 seconds with warm water. By doing this you can avoid such harmful diseases.

4. Stand Alone

It’s hard to do when your gym is crowded, but try to stay away from others who are exercising, especially if they are coughing and sneezing. So you may schedule your workout when your gym will be less busy.

5. Cover your Open Wounds

An open wound is more susceptible for harmful infection, so you must protect any cuts or scrapes in your body. By covering your wounds, you’re not only protecting yourself from bacteria but also protecting others who may use the gym equipment after you.

Bring Your Own Towel

Another way to protect yourself from germs at the gym is to use your own towels. Also, if you shower at the gym, be sure to bring your own soap, shampoo, and deodorant.

Clean your Yoga Mats

You can bring your own yoga mat for floor classes to avoid germs that can lurk on these surfaces. If you want to use the common mats, clean them before you sit or stand on them. You can buy an antibacterial spray specifically for yoga mats to avoid such germs.

Protect your feet.

Gym floors are breeding grounds for germs and fungi, so always wear flip-flops, shower shoes, slides or socks when walking around the gym. Even a small cut in your foot can become infected by a gym floor, so always cover your feet.

Follow these steps to stay healthy and avoid harmful diseases!