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6 gross things hanging out at the gym (and how to get rid of em)

Ready for your daily dose of nasty? If you’re heading to the gym, just back or resolving to go in the new year, there is one thing you absolutely, positively need to do before you touch any gym equipment with your spandex-clad body: wipe it down.

Oh come on, GL, you say—is that really necessary? Well, if you don’t want to catch one of these six icky things, then, uh, yes, according to doctors, it is:


MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is an unpleasant, tough-to-get-rid-of infection that likes to hang out on the moist, bacteria-friendly environment of shared athletic equipment.


UTIs, or urinary tract infections, are no laughing matter. They hurt like crazy and can be tougher to banish than you might think.


E. coli is something we typically hear about in food contamination problems, but it could be chillin’ at the gym, too. Yum? Not so much.


Athlete’s foot and other icky fungi. Shower shoes are a must, but that’s not the only way to prevent it.


Warts, even those caused by the human papilomavirus. Yep, that’s HPV—you didn’t read it wrong.


Influenza. You want to come home from the gym feeling good, not achy and sick, right?


While the chance of coming down with something really bad is pretty low, that doesn’t mean it’s nil. Do your bod a favor and help out your fellow gym goers, too, by wiping down yoga mats, bike seats, handles and everything else with alcohol-based wipes. Just in case.



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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 12/18/2013 12:00:00 AM


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