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I have read and re read the different e books when I need inspiration to do my work out. By the time I am 2 paragraphs in (to Female Fat Loss Over 40), I am ready to get my work out clothes on and go for it. I really enjoy the challenging work outs and the audio book with the different timing intervals makes it easy!! I am really enjoying your program, particularly these 2 months which are especially busy for me. I can’t always make it to Boot camp but I feel so much better when I exercise. It’s great to have the option of doing a challenging workout at home. I am looking forward to taking your program on my next vacation. Thanks!!

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Hey Shawna, I bought the FFLO about a month ago and have finally started using it on Tuesday. I quit waiting for Monday to start it. It's just been 3 days but I can already tell that it is working. I sleep better and want to eat better so that I'll see results. How can I mess up with menus and workouts spelled out for me? I know what I need to do and have worked with trainers over the years to know that your program will work. For me it has just been a matter of getting started. I gained 15 lbs over the winter and need to get it off. I was diagnosed 2 years ago with Type 2 diabetes so exercise is a key part of my health. I love to walk / run but I know that with the interval training I will not only see the results I want on my body but my blood sugar will be where it needs to be. The interval training is a great workout for me in the morning. Then in the evenings I can walk for stress relief and to just relax. I saw myself in your message yesterday about the woman who still tries to walk everyday for 2 hours - who has time for that? I enjoy your blogs and am glad that I found you on Facebook! To good health!

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Germs at the Gym

Six tips to stay healthy in the gym and locker room.

You go to the gym to get healthy not sick. Unfortunately, gym equipment, towels, mats, and locker rooms are breeding grounds for bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Germs like to multiply in warm, moist environments (think: the locker room). While skin infections are the most common infection passed around the gym, you’re susceptible to all other manner of illnesses due to the high number of sweaty people coming and going. This isn’t meant to scare you away from the gym. With a little caution and care you can easily avoid exposure to germs and safely continue your quest to fitness.

Take these measures at the gym to stay healthy at gym and home.

Wash Your Hands

Your main defense against illness is hand washing. If you don’t shower until you get home, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and rinse with warm water as soon as you’re done with your workout. Whatever germs you’re carrying from touching the weights, machines, and equipment will wash away.  

Wear Shoes

Athletic shoes are a given in the gym, but what about bare feet in the locker room? Shower and bathroom floors likely harbor athlete’s foot, ringworm, or staph bacteria. Avoid unpleasant infections by wearing flip-flops or water shoes everywhere you go in the locker room. They may not look cool, but they’re a lot cooler than the bacteria awaiting you.

Use a Towel

Your goal is to touch as few surfaces as possible in the gym. In the locker room this means putting a towel between your body and the bench and between your feet and the floor when you’re changing. Be sure to sit on a towel in the sauna.
Most gyms are careful to properly wash and dry their towels, but some aren’t. Unless they’re washed with bleach and dried using high heat, a towel may contain bacteria from the person who used it the day before. This is especially true of thicker, fluffier towels. You’d do better to use your own clean towel from home and wash it after each use.

Clean the Machines

Your gym should provide paper towels and anti-bacterial spray to keep the cardio machines clean. In case the person before you didn’t clean the machine, lightly spray and wipe whatever surface you’ll touch before touching it. This includes the elliptical handles, treadmill screen, and the bicycle seat. When you’re done using the machine, give it another quick spray out of consideration for the next user.

Cover Skin Cuts

Any time you have an open cut, scrape, or abrasion, be sure to cover it with a clean bandage before being around other people at the gym or in public. You don’t want to pass infection to others and you don’t want to be exposed to bacteria that could cause an infection in your wound. Keep an eye out for signs of infection including redness, warmth, swelling, and drainage.

Don’t Share

You were taught as a child to share your toys, but forget that rule at the gym. Sharing towels or bar soap is another way germs are spread. Use your own towel and soap or use liquid soap provided by the gym.

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