Hand Sanitizer at the Gym

  • torontoguy222...

    Posts: 410

    Jun 23, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    Hey guys!

    I've been pondering over this one for awhile now. It seems that I get sick incredibly easy. It's not uncommon for me to be down with a cold/sore throat on a bi-monthly basis. As of late though, it seems I've been getting sick even MORE often. I think since January I've fallen ill about 4 times, and I'm right now finally getting over another bout of the sore throat/stuffy nose thing.

    Just from personal observation, I notice that the more I hit the gym the higher the chances of me getting sick are. My mom scolds me and is convinced I'm "over doing it" at the gym, although five to six 40 to 70-minute workouts a week is hardly over doing it.

    Here's my little theory: The gym (especially the weight room) is a place swarming with bugs and viruses. Just think, how many people touch the barbell or dumbbell each day? How many of those have come from the washroom without washing their hands? How many are sick? How many have cleaned their noses while working out? To make matters worse, my gym (Hart House) is basically in an old castle, with hardly any ventilation and certainly no A/C. It gets damn hot and sweaty in there, which is like a breeding ground for bacteria other unwanted things. To top things off, I have a horrible habit of touching my face/lips/eyes. So, I think this combination of factors = me getting sick on a monthly basis.

    As a solution, I thought, Why doesn't my gym have a hand sanitizer? Maybe I'm wrong, but it'd seem to me that it could really make the place feel cleaner, and could prevent the spread of viruses and infections.

    I'm wondering then, does your gym offer hand sanitizers?? I just think it'd be a fantastic idea!! What are your thoughts.

    Happy Toronto Pride!
    Tony
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13993

    Jun 23, 2009 2:13 PM GMT
    My gym has them in a few places on the walls. There are also bottles of disinfectant and towels for people to clean the equipment before or after they use it.

    Try carrying a small bottle of sanitizer in your pocket and using it as you work out.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 23, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    I would say you should be looking at your diet to see why your immune system isn't able to fight off these colds. Getting sick like that isn't normal. The ordinary modern diet isn't usually nutrious enough to keep up, especially when you are stressing your body with working out..

    Eat more veggies, especially highly nutrious ones, like any of the cruiferous vegetables: brocolli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and spinach, and romaine lettuce. Get lots of vitamins C and A....think oranges and carrots. Zinc is necessary for the Thymus, master gland of the immune system. Nuts are good for zinc. The omega-3 fatty acids are essential for producing prostaglandins, immune system regulators.

    http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=128#answer

    You can research the nutrtion of various food here:

    http://whfoods.com/foodstoc.php


    Oh and there is more to foods than just vitamins. So it is better to get your nutrition from food than by popping a vitamin pill, although a vitamin pill is better than nothing. But realize the amount of vitamins in a vitamin pill is the bare minimum required by your body.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 23, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
    I endorse what Timberoo & Caslon say, as possible things you can do. They certainly wouldn't hurt.

    In addition to sanitizer that Timberoo mentions (I presume for the equipment), you can carry your own small bottle of hand sanitizer gel. We keep them at the MCC church near the altar, for those who touch others during the service for blessings and the communion. They are available in US drug stores, I would presume in Canada as well.

    Also consider allergies, which can mimic head, throat & chest colds. That "old castle" where you work out may be full of allergens, particularly in the ventilation ductwork. Especially when you consider that while there your respiration rate will be elevated.

    The effects of a single exposure can linger for days, once your histamines kick in; it wouldn't necessarily just last while you're there. In fact, an allergic reaction can take some hours to fully manifest itself, so that you're already back home before you notice anything. Your doctor may be able to help you to distinguish between a cold and an allergic reaction.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 23, 2009 3:25 PM GMT
    Red is correct with the allergy suggestion. Confusing allergies with colds is one of the most common misdiagnoses made. If someone is having frequent cold like symptoms, the physician needs to consider allergies as the cause..
    Influenza is not confused with allergies because of the abrupt onset of severe symptoms of muscle aches, fatigue, possible chills and fever.

    It is normal for children to have up to 12 colds a year
    Two to four colds a year is normal for adults and adolescents (frequency info from MedicineNet)...your getting ill more than than what is considered normal:

    The most important prevention for colds is frequent hand washings.
    Touching the face is not good,. You mentioned that you do this.
    No smoking
    Follow Caslon's dietary recommendations
    Get adequate sleep/fluids

    Your theory of the gym being the cause of your symptoms is plausible. The gym is a set up for viruses and colds. Since the gym is in an old castle, old buildings are known to have molds that can cause allergic respiratory symptoms similar to colds.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 23, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    Haha. Yeah, the gym is full of germs. I carry a towel to provide a layer of protection between me and the equipment. I don't want to pick up any weird skin rashes. icon_lol.gif

    After my workout, I go to the bathrooms and wash my hands thoroughly. I shower at home, since I live pretty close to the gym.

    And touching your face is bad, especially with dirty hands. Don't do it.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 23, 2009 6:06 PM GMT
    I'm a germaphobe and tend to get colds and keep them all winter long. When I requested that my gym provide hand sanitizer, the manager complained about the cost, but it suddenly appeared a few weeks later.

    If you haven't requested it at your gym, you should; nothing to lose.

    I tried heavy vitamin C & Echinacea, but never noticed any improvement (colds continued to develop). I think maintaining a low % body fat makes you more susceptible to colds, but not sure about that.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 23, 2009 6:22 PM GMT
    It's all about reasonable precautions, in my view. Go too far, and you have the germ phobias of a reclusive Howard Hughes, shut-up in an isolated suite in a Las Vegas hotel.

    But I do wash my hands many times a day, mainly because I hate any "yucky" feeling. And a holdover from when I played the piano a great deal, and thought my "touch" was improved when my fingertips were clean. As well as the piano keys themselves, which I kept immaculate with pure alcohol.

    Now I hear that such cleanliness prevents the spread of germs. Well, good, I like that bonus. But I would have kept my hands clean, anyway. Yet I never hesitate to shake someone's hand, despite the "you don't know where it's been" philosophy. If I'm gonna catch something I'm gonna catch it, and I won't insult someone on that basis.

    Life is full of risks. I don't deliberately take unnecessary ones, but neither do I build my life around doing nothing but avoiding them. "Reasonable" is always what guides me.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 23, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    Hey, as in all things, protect yourself. Never leave "protection" to someone else. Get a little bottle of Purel and keep in your pocket while in the gym.

    And wash your hands after going to the bathroom!
  • cowboyathlete

    Posts: 1346

    Jun 23, 2009 6:34 PM GMT
    Hand sanitizer dispensers at the gym are a brilliant idea. Then again, most gyms never keep the soap dispensers stocked.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 23, 2009 7:18 PM GMT
    My gym has them all over the place as well as those disposable wipes things..

    and a damn good thing as well, coz quite a few of the guys are just plain nastyicon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gif.

    i'm actually surprised more people don't get sick
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 23, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    i use the sanitizing wipes out of courtesy for whom come behind us on equipment, and i wash my hands in the bathroom. but i admit i touch my face very frequently.

    i don't get sick easily tho, and when i do, it is mild and gone in a flash.

    i like fresh fruit & veggies icon_smile.gif
  • Fusion98102

    Posts: 164

    Jun 23, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    My gym has several stations which have cleaning spray and hand sanitizer. I use it. I usually wipe down all things I touch before and after use. Just a habit I am in.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 23, 2009 7:52 PM GMT
    your immune system is actually low after you exercise, but that many "colds" is odd. I hardly ever get them.

  • torontoguy222...

    Posts: 410

    Jun 25, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    Great tips! Good advice! I'm too tired to write more right now. Nites!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 25, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    perhaps you do need these hand sanitisers or perhaps you need to eat more and/or better, perhaps, you should see a doctor about it, find out why your sick all the time, maybe, you are thinking your self sick... just maybe..
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 25, 2009 4:55 AM GMT
    Even tho the gym is your focus, you need to remember how many times you come in contact w/ objects that have been touched by foreign hands. door handles, elevator buttons, staircase railings... It just might not be your visit to the gym especially if your in college living on campus
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 25, 2009 5:12 AM GMT

    Teach yourself not to touch your eyes, lips, mouth, or face anywhere. Even if everyone in the weightroom starts using sanitizer, you still touch your face so could be picking things up from anywhere.

    Germs are everywhere. The best things you can do are: take your daily vitamens, wash your hands regularly, DO NOT touch your face, and wash yer ass. All of these work for me. I never get sick.

  • hoo4u

    Posts: 119

    Jun 25, 2009 5:30 AM GMT
    My gym which is a center aligned with a hospital slash healthcare network, has sanitizers and sanitizing wipes every few feet around the cardio and weight areas. Good idea. Good business. Taking that sanitization concept from the hospital to the "wellness center."

    Haven't been sick in the 18 months I've been going there. (The hangovers are not their doing.)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 05, 2009 7:59 AM GMT
    They should have hand sanitizer! In my gym they had it even before the fluu paranoia hit us here in Mexico, now, there are hand sanitizer practically everywhere from restaurants to universities! Let's us see if they arrived to stay.

    I liked many of the comments here: exercise caution and common sense without overdoing it and DO tell your gym managers and/or bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 05, 2009 8:43 AM GMT
    Meh...

    I ate dirt as a child, shared food with the dog, bit my nails and put everything in my mouth....

    My step mother just to scream at me when I'd invariably put quarters or the pen at the bank or something in my mouth icon_neutral.gif

    As such I've discovered I built up an immune system capable of handling almost any communicable disease

    Not that hygiene isn't important
  • dannyboy1101

    Posts: 977

    Jul 05, 2009 9:27 AM GMT
    torontoguy2222 saidGreat tips! Good advice! I'm too tired to write more right now. Nites!


    Which leads to my comment (which hopefully won't induce as much bitchiness as your last forum I responded to, lol)... Are you getting enough sleep while you're maintaining your workout schedule? If you're not getting enough sleep and working out a significant deal, your immune system will be weakened. Rest time is very important for muscle growth and general health.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 05, 2009 2:09 PM GMT
    The boy is worrying about hand sanitizers and we find out he doesnt wash his clothes. ... icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 05, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    I bring my own and also wash my hands after using the equipment.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 05, 2009 2:25 PM GMT
    I set off Lysol "bug" bombs in the workout room before I use it. .... icon_rolleyes.gif