Fall is in the air! With the cool crisp air comes colds, the flu, and here in Texas -allergies. Here are some tips to keep you healthy - and working out - this fall:
1) Wash your hands! I know you hear this a million times, but it is so true. Wash your hands before and after you work out. Think of all the things your hands touch during a workout - free weights, weight machines, treadmills, mats, balls, barres, etc. These have been touched by many people before you and probably have not been thoroughly cleaned after each use.
2) Bring your own mat to class. Some gyms and studios offer mats to use for class. Many places also have a cleanser to use on the mats after you finish class, but I see so many people rush out of class and forget to clean them. If you have to borrow a mat, put a towel down on top of it. This way you can keep yourself from coming face-to-face with other people's sweat.
3) Stay home if you are sick. No one wants to work out next to someone who is coughing, sneezing, and wiping their nose all the time. Give yourself a few days to rest and get your energy back. Chances are, you will enjoy the class a lot more when you are feeling better! Have a happy and healthy fall! Cathy T.
AUTHOR: Cathy Terrazas