By far, the most common New Year’s resolution is to get healthy and fit. As people head to their local gyms and fitness centers to work towards living a healthier lifestyle, many don’t take the time to consider the amount of germs and bacteria on their workout clothes, in the locker rooms and even on the gym equipment. In fact, a study from the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that the rhinovirus, which is the primary contributor to the common cold, was found on 63 percent of gym equipment!
Fortunately, there are easy ways to arm yourself against these potentially harmful bacteria and viruses so you can focus on what’s most important – your health. To help you keep your workouts and workout gear germ-free, here are five simple resolutions you should follow:
- Disinfect Your Workout
Gym equipment is a key source of bacteria that can get you sick so protect yourself from any bacteria lingering on gym equipment by wiping it down with antibacterial wipes before you start your workout. Also, help keep your follow gym-goers stay germ-free by cleaning equipment off after you’re done!
- Avoid Water Fountains
Public water coolers can harbor a slew of nasty bacteria and viruses so skip the public water fountain and bring your own water bottle.
- Keep Cuts Covered
Cuts are extremely susceptible to infections so it’s important to keep all open wounds well covered using bandages. Bacteria can find its way into even the smallest of cuts so make sure you’re protected during your entire workout.
- Don’t Touch Your Face
Your hands can pick up sweat and germs so do your best to avoid wiping your face with your hands. Instead, use a clean towel – preferably one that you brought yourself. Most importantly, don’t forget to wash your hands. After all, it’s the most effective way to prevent the spread of many infections and bacteria! For thorough cleaning, wash your hands for as long as it takes to recite the alphabet.
- Ask for Antimicrobial Workout Gear
Viruses and bacteria that cause illnesses aren’t the only bugs to consider during a workout. We all know how working up a good sweat can also work up some unpleasant smells, which are a result of bacteria on your body and clothing metabolizing your sweat. To fight off the stink, ask for durable, high quality gear featuring PurThread antimicrobial technology. Silver has been used for almost a decade to provide antimicrobial properties to fabrics such as athletic gear but many antimicrobial fabrics apply silver topically as a coating or dip, rendering it susceptible to washing off or wearing away. PurThread is the first company to develop technology that safely embeds silver within the yarn, yielding intrinsic antimicrobial benefits that don’t wash off or wear away for the life of the fabric.
With these simple resolutions, you’re one step closer to keeping your New Year’s resolution while staying fresh and germ-free!