There are more people these days who work out in gyms and health clubs to keep fit and have a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, not all gyms maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. There are gyms that do not have the basic amenities, supplies and equipment needed to maintain cleanliness for the people who are using their facilities. Aside from checking the various personal training courses being offered when looking for a gym to join, you should also check out the facilities if they are up to your own standards of cleanliness and hygiene.
One of the main reasons why people join gyms is to be fitter and be more healthy, but all these will go to waste if the gym you join ends up being the reason for your contracting an illness or disease due to poor sanitation. There are several things that you can do to help maintain your gym’s cleanliness. One of these is to wear the proper workout attire and footwear. All members must be responsible enough to follow the gym’s rules and guidelines when it comes to the allowed dress code inside the workout areas. Various types of fitness courses also prescribe a certain kind of outfit, and it is best to ask your trainer or instructor about the required workout wardrobe. Also, as much as possible, always bring your own towels. Though gyms usually provide towels for rent, you can never be sure about the cleanliness of these towels as numerous people have already used them before you. It is still cleaner and safer to bring and use your own towels during your workout.
Remember to bring your own water whenever you go the gym. Hydration is very important during exercise, and though most gyms have their own water dispensers, you can never be sure if their water supply is clean and tested free of bacteria and other organisms. It should also be part of the gym’s maintenance or facilities personnel’s duties to regularly clean and disinfect the gym equipment and exercise areas. If you notice any defects or in their equipment and machines, report these at once so that they can be repaired or replaced immediately. Safety belts and locks must be inspected regularly so that they can be checked for signs of wear and tear.
Do not go to the gym when you feel like you may be coming down with some sort of sickness so as to prevent this from spreading to others who will be working out and make your own condition worsen. If while in the gym you notice that anybody might be sick, advise them to consult with the doctor or nurse on-site immediately. Remember, whatever you do, safety is still of utmost importance. Check if your gym has a health and fitness certification from the proper authorities so that you are ensured of working out in a clean and safe environment.