The gym is a great place to strengthen and tone your body while having fun. But take precautions or the gym could also do harm. "People have contracted skin infections, such as athlete's foot, ringworm, and staph," says C. Rick Henriksen, MD, a family physician at University of Utah Health.
But that doesn't mean you should ditch the gym altogether. Here are seven ways to improve your gym hygiene so you can get the most out of your workout.
Another good piece of advice: "If you're sick, don't go to the gym to sweat it out. Keep your germs at home," Henriksen says. "If you are not feeling well, then get some fresh air and take the fun outside." Here are seven heart-pumping activities within a 30-minute drive from Salt Lake City.