Duck And Cover

Cooties are the real deal. So here are a few more tips to make sure you are all “covered.” First stop, your gym bag. While most of the germs on your “satchel designed for sweat” are yours, often times critters that transport staph, salmonella, and E.coli come along for the ride too. Therefore, be sure to choose vinyl or plastic gyms bags so you can wipe those suckas down on a regular.

Also, keep dirty clothes in a separate compartment that way when you get home you can turn that baby inside out and swab it with some disinfectant. Next, if you are a swimmer, be sure to guard your bod with goggles, a swimming cap and earplugs.

P.S. If you can’t smell the chlorine at your gym’s pool this means it is dirty. Yuck. And lastly, if you got banged up before the gym make sure to cover any cuts or broken skin with a bandage prior to your sweat session.

Sharing Is Not Caring

That’s so nice that your local yoga studio has communal mats. Not. Sharing is not always caring so make sure to always bring your own mat, towels and water bottle to the club. After each use, clean your mat with a bleach-based wipe or a 60 percent alcohol disinfectant spray and let it air-dry. In regard to your hydration bottle, avoid bottles with a pull-up spout or a built-in straw. Instead, choose a widemouthed one with a screw cap. Also, wash it daily and store it in the fridge since germs are more likely to form when the bottle is warm. And lastly, mark one side of your gym towel with a black X so you don’t get confused on what side you wiped the machines down with and accidentally wipe your face. Ultimate gym fail.

Sleep With Me

Now that you made it home from the gym germ free, plug in a Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover Air Purifier before you hit the sack. Representing the gold standard in air cleaning and convenience, the new Honeywell air purifiers are perfect for effectively capturing airborne pollen, dust, smoke, pet fur/dander, mold spores, bacteria and viruses. So even if you have a home gym, this healthy gadget is worth investing in. I love mine and the clean breathing I experience at home serves as awesome prep for all the huffing and puffing I do at the gym. Ahhhhh.

Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for more fun health and fitness tips!

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