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How To Avoid The Cold And Flu At The Gym

10/06/2014 05:06 EDT | Updated 01/07/2016 11:59 EST
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Take a look around you: how many people are sick?

It seems like whenever the season changes, more and more people around us (our partners, our co-workers and our kids) are suddenly just dripping with coughs and runny noses. And if you're an avid gym-goer and sort of a germaphobe, it may be difficult to avoid those germs at the gym.

Michele Scarlet, owner of CORE Strength & Conditioning Studios in Toronto, says while there are many ways to get a cold this season, there are simple methods to avoid getting sick at the local gym. Scarlet says it all comes down to cleaning your equipment and taking extra precautions when it comes to wiping them down.

One study had found rhinoviruses (the cause of the common cold) was on 63 per cent of gym equipment, according to Greatist. The same study also found disinfecting equipment like free weights, for example, may not necessarily protect you from virus exposure.

And because germs can live just about anywhere, it's important this season to also go through your gym bag and make sure everything from your flip-flops to loofah are disinfected.

Here are Scarlet's 10 tips for avoiding the common cold this season while you exercise.

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