Going to the gym is good for your health, but what if we told you that gyms and other fitness facilities are prime breeding ground for many bacteria and germs that can cause skin problems? Shocking, right? When you are concentrating on perfecting your ‘Surya Namaskar’ in your yoga class, the last thing you want to concern yourself with is a dirty yoga mat! (Get your own yoga mat, we say!)

It’s true! Because gym facilities are shared by everyone, an unclean mat, treadmill or even the sauna and swimming pool become places where your skin can come in contact with harmful bacteria.

Another major factor is that the gyms have a moist environment that allow for numerous bacteria to thrive. Protect your skin when you are at the gym by keeping these points in mind.

Minimise contact with other people while working out
 

Minimise contact with other people while working out

While you and your friend are getting your sweat on at the gym, keep contact to a minimum, That means no hi-fiving or worse, hugging, after completing that intense cross-fit session!

Damp towels and clothes spell trouble
 

Damp towels and clothes spell trouble

Damp towels and clothes are also breeding grounds for bacteria. So do not share towels, arm bands or gloves with others. Change out of your damp clothes soon after your workout. Carry a second set of clothes for you to change into.

Swimming pools and saunas
 

Swimming pools and saunas

Nothing feels better than getting a sweat on in a hot sauna after a rigorous workout, right? A word of caution, though! If the chlorine levels in the swimming pool are not sufficient, bacteria will be present in the water. These could cause problems in your ear or on your skin.

Always wear slip-ons when you shower
 

Always wear slip-ons when you shower

If you are a busybody and have to head to the office straight after gym, make sure you wear a pair of slippers when you shower. The floors of these showers are also major areas where unwanted bacteria can be found.

Disinfect all the equipment and weights you use
 

Disinfect all the equipment and weights you use

You definitely do not want to use those weights after a person with a cold has used them, right? There are anti-bacterial disinfectants kept at most gyms (or carry one yourself) and you can use it to wipe down the surface of the weights or any other equipment you are going to be using.