You May Also Like

Working remotely could stop you from getting that promotion—here’s how to fix it

Is this cult-beloved magnesium supplement the answer to your anxiety and sleep issues?

Chunky knit blankets are here to make your winter much cozier

The totally passive habit that’ll help you hack your to-do list

3 moments in 2017 that support “feminism” being Merriam-Webster’s word of the year

What people *really* talk about with their psychiatrists during holiday season

Do you really need to wipe down machines at the gym?


To most people, wiping sweat off of shared equipment and machines is basically a Golden Rule, even though there's not actually anything inherently germy about sweat. So what's the deal?
woman on elliptical at the gym
(Photo: tipstoahealthy-relationship.blogspot.com)

 

via Huffington Post

HuffingtonPost

When it comes to good gym etiquette, our Facebook fans and Twitter followers told us wiping sweat off of shared equipment and machines is basically their Golden Rule.

But even though it’s gross to lie down into a puddle of someone else’s perspiration on the bench press, there’s not actually anything inherently germy about sweat. So what’s the deal?

Turns out, our health-minded community is on to something. Warm, moist environments are where bacteria really like to grow, says Dr. Pritish Tosh, M.D., infectious diseases physician at the Mayo Clinic. And if the gym isn’t a warm, moist environment, we don’t know what is. “There is certainly a potential for transmission of certain kinds of infections,” he says.

Keep reading to find out more…

More reading from Huffington Post:

5 rules of better, deeper sleep
6 important muscles exercisers ignore