That will cut off an entry route into the body for germs like MRSA. MRSA that circulates in community settings like gyms tends to be less of a concern than tougher-to-treat strains that live in hospitals. MRSA picked up in the gym usually causes ugly spots or boils on the skin that clear up pretty quickly when treated.
Rub some on after using the elliptical or weight machines to get rid of any germs you pick up from these machines. If you’re not a fan of hand sanitizer, make an effort not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth while working out until you wash your hands. Or better yet, wipe down the machines with a cleaning spray or sanitizer wipe before you use it.
Don’t use the same towel to wipe your face after wiping machines
You’re just transferring germs from the machine to your mouth and nose where they can enter your body.
Don’t share soap or deodorant
Germs live on all these things, so best to bring your own personal grooming items to the gym.
Bring your own water bottle
Again, something that many people overlook, but what is so easy to do is to just carry your own water bottle from home. Doing so will allow you to hydrate yourself without having to put your lips to the gym water fountain or your water bottle to the gym water cooler. Germs can pass easily from the water fountain to your lips if others at the gym drink by putting their lips to the fountain. Likewise, germs can also pass from the water cooler to your water bottle if others at the gym press their water bottles to the tap on the water cooler.