Aired by Time Warner Cable News of the Carolinas, January 2015
Working out at the gym is great for your health, but it's also an easy place to pick up germs.
Some researchers are looking at what we wear, designing fabrics that could help keep us healthy and even kill bacteria.
Some studies show about one third to one half of gym surfaces have some sort of contamination.
"People are coughing, sneezing, there might be germs on their hands. They're using these machines, and there is the potential for spread," said Dr. Russ Greenfield, medical director for PurThread Technologies.
PurThread Technologies designs fabric that helps prevent the spread of bacteria, using silver in the material.