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How to Stay Healthy and Germ Free at the Health Club and Gym

According to the IHRSA, over 51 million Americans are members of a gym and/or health club. This staggering figure leaves little doubt that exercise is important to our overall health and well being. Staying physically healthy is important, but it is essential that we are protecting ourselves from harmful microbes and illnesses as well. With so many people sharing equipment, exercise machines, mats, etc, the spread of germs from person to person occurs constantly at health clubs and gyms. Locker rooms, pool areas, saunas, and other health club amenities are all potential breading grounds for germs.

While contracting cold and flu illnesses are always a danger, the most common forms of infection that can occur are skin diseases. There have been many studies conducted over the years regarding germs and the indoor sporting and gym environments, including The Determination of Aerial Microbiological Contamination in Scholastic Sports Environment. Air samples taken from 11 high school and college gyms and exercise facilities showed that the Staphylococcal and fungal counts in these facilities were much higher than the air outside.

Knowing what areas are "germ hot spots" in the facility, and what germs are common, can help you protect yourself and other gym patrons.

Staph/MRSA - (Staphylococcus ) - is an anaerobic gram-positive bacterium. In humans it is known to cause skin infections and respiratory disease. MRSA is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, it is resistant to many antibiotics making it difficult to treat. At the gym or health club, some of the most likely places staph is present include bike and elliptical machine seats, weight benches, floor mats and locker rooms.

Ringworm and Athletes Foot - are fungal infections that cause skin itching and rashes. They spread by direct contact with infected people, or items such as towels,sporting and exercise equipment, free weights, exercise balls, etc. Fungi like this thrive in damp places such as steam rooms, pool areas and locker rooms/showers.

Pneumonia and Influenza - while one is a bacterium and one is a virus, these two are spread in similar ways. These infections occur when contaminated airborne droplets are inhaled. There is a huge potential to spread these respiratory infections in shower areas and steam rooms/ saunas.

E.coli - (Escherichia coli ) - is an anaerobic gram-negative,rod like bacterium, which causes gastroenteritis meningitis and urinary tract infections. It is prevalent on water fountains, faucets and reusable water bottles.

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