Bring your own equipment
While many gyms will take care to sanitize equipment, not all facilities will adhere to the same standards of hygiene. So it’s a good idea to bring your own equipment when you can.
• Workout mat: If you’re taking a yoga or Pilates class, invest in your own mat. Nizker recommends wiping your mat down with a lemon or vinegar solution after class to sanitize it. “Plain soap and water is also great,” she adds.
• Water bottle: “I would suggest bringing your own water bottle rather than sharing the water fountain because somebody may have had their lips on the spout,” says Torkos.
• Towel: “We encourage our clients to cover their yoga blocks with a towel to avoid spreading germs,” says Nisker. Bringing your own towel to the gym ensures that you’re using something that’s been cleaned to your personal standards.