Many of us join a gym in order to live a healthier lifestyle, especially at the beginning of a new year. Ironically, gyms are a haven for germs, particularly the shower, mats, and exercise machines (especially those that have handles). It's already challenging to work out regularly when the days are dark, cold, and short, and the last thing any of us needs is an illness to force us off track. Help protect yourself with these tips:
1. Bring your own mat for floor exercises and classes, and keep it clean.
For a quick refresher between classes, make a natural antibacterial mat spray.
DIY Antibacterial Spray:
1 part water
2 parts vinegar
10 drops tea tree oil or lavender essential oil
You can also put this solution in a small spray bottle and use it on your hands at the gym.
For a thorough clean, hand-wash your mat in the bathtub or shower. Use a few drops of soap