Wipe down the machines
The next time you grab hold of the treadmill handlebars, just think about how many sweaty palms have been there before you. It’s not just cold and flu viruses you should worry about. “There are case reports of gyms being involved in the transmission of Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA),” says James Scott, a microbiologist at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. MRSA are bacteria that can cause skin infections. “People need to clean the equipment after they use it, but also before. Sometimes you assume you’re coming to a fresh [piece of equipment], but somebody may not have cleaned it properly,” says Torkos. Use the sanitizing sprays that many gyms keep around the exercise machines or bring your own sanitizing wipes to clean off any surface you be touch as you work out.