Whether its bulking season, shredding season, or flu season keep yourself healthy by staying informed and taking precautions. When you’re in an enclosed space, like an airplane or a gym, you are at risk of catching a respiratory infection. Viruses that can be found at the gym include the influenza virus, human papillomavirus (HPV), and the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
The influenza virus is a rapidly evolving virus. Different strains from different species, like birds and pigs, have come together to create strains like H1N1 that lurk in the crevices of your gymnasium. Fellow gym-goers can be contagious before and after they’re symptomatic and can be shedding the virus without being aware.
The HSV virus leads to plantar warts and can even lead to cervical cancer and genital warts. To avoid plantar warts remember to always use shower shoes and avoid walking around barefoot in the locker room. The herpes virus leads to cold sores and flu-like symptoms. While HSV isn’t a common gym pathogen, being infected at the gym isn’t out of the realm of possibilities either. Remember to never share drinks, wash your hands often, and avoid contact with cold sores.
Since viruses like HSV usually only causes infection after there has been a break in the epidermis it is important to cover any breaks in the skin and avoid touching your eyes and mouth. Don’t forget to wipe down your equipment either! While it can be tedious it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Don’t share towels, gym shorts, or other items that can carry foreign bacteria. Remember athletes, keep yourself healthy by visiting your local gym and gym owners remember to keep your athlete’s safe by hiring dedicated cleaning professionals like the Cleaning Custodian that use cleaning materials tailored to your needs and those of your athletes in training.