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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Six Gym Health Hazards

From Newsweek:

Going to the gym is supposed to be good for your health, but if you don't take the proper precautions, it may have the opposite effect. Germs can lurk on any surface, from exercise equipment to the spigot on the water fountain, and locker rooms are ideal places for bacteria and fungi to thrive. But you can lower your risk of catching other gymgoers' germs—and with them the risk of catching a cold, athlete's foot, or even the potentially deadly staph infection methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (or MRSA). Portland, Ore., sports medicine internist Dr. Carol Otis offers these tips:

1. Cover any breaks in the skin.

2. Don't go barefoot.

3. Use disinfectant.

4. Change your towels and clothes.

5. Don't share.

6. Keep your towel on.

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