2017/2018 is being called one of the worst flu seasons on record. To make matters worse, the flu vaccination is said to be only 10% effective this year leaving millions of people exposed.
I wanted to blog on this topic because gyms are a petri dish for germs! Did you know the common sneeze has a projectile that launches 100,000 infectious particles at a velocity of 200 miles an hour? If you cover your mouth with your hand when you sneeze, you are then infecting everything you touch. Just one sick person can cover up to 30% of a room’s surfaces in germs. North Corner Studios is focused on offering an awesome place to workout and we want to see our members as healthy as possible. With another 6-8 weeks of flu season, they are expecting things to get worse but we can fight this together.
Four Tips for Avoiding the Flu at the Gym
- Wash/Sanitize hands frequently. I’m sure you’ve heard this one many times but it’s also an easy one to get lazy with. During flu season, it’s not just about washing your hands after you use the restroom. Make it a frequent habit throughout your day, especially at the gym. Wash your hands before your workout since you will be touching equipment and after your workout. You can also carry sanitizer with you as well.
- Wipe down equipment well. Use sanitizing wipes to wipe down equipment both before and after your workout to avoid spreading germs.
- Avoid touching your face during your workout. If you have germs on your fingers and you touch your face (especially your eyes, nose, and mouth) … game over! Try to avoid touching your face during your workout but if you need to, sanitize your hands first.
- If you are not feeling well stay home! I know this one is hard because we all have responsibilities and love our workouts but this is truly what’s best for everyone. Coming to the gym when you’re sick will expose everyone who enters the gym. Not only that but working out on a compromised immune system can prolong your illness and make it harder to recover.
On top of these tips, do what you need to do to boost your immune system and stay healthy. It’s a good time of year to up your dose of Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea, and Goldenseal. Eat lots of fruits and veggies that are dense with nutrients and be mindful of keeping your stress levels low as well.
Follow these tips and support us in keeping North Corner Studios as safe and healthy as possible.