The Germiest Places in America
We call them the dirty dozen. It’s Health magazines laundry list of the germiest places you’re likely to encounter during an average day.
Gym Mats and Machines
“I see a yoga mat, and I worry,” says Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D., who has found antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus on yoga mats and cardio and resistance machines. “At high schools, antibiotic-resistant staph infections have been transmitted through wrestling mats. The same thing could happen at health clubs.”
Reduce the risk: Wipe down machines with antibacterial wipes before working out. Bring your own yoga mat or cover a loaner with your towel. “Shower after a workout and soap up your skin to rinse off any bacteria you may have been exposed to,” Scott says. “Thorough washing gets rid of antibiotic-resistant staph.”