Keep clean at the Gym

When joining a gym the first thing that happens is the induction. Learning to use the exercise equipment safely is important for your health and safety and prevents injury. Something though that doesn’t come in to mind much or is never mentioned are the hidden problems like bacteria covered equipment, stale sweat exercise mats and fungal infected floors. A good gym that recognises that many people use equipment in various states of cleanliness will provide some form of antibacterial sprays and paper towels to wipe down the equipment. If you use an exercise bike or tread mill this will provide a moment of time just to look around to see how often the equipment is cleaned. This is an exercise that may surprise you !

Although few in gyms pick up the Community-Acquired MRSA, it can trigger a lethal type of pneumonia which infects vulnerable individuals causing boils and sores, joint infections and and at worst septicaemia via open cuts and abrasions. Some clubs that issue towels to members have through incomplete or inadequate washing also passed on this bug. So take your own towel is an answer here.

Good precautions are; wipe down the equipment with the sprays provided and if none are available find out why and wear flip flops in the gym around changing areas and most certainly in showers. Another consideration is the anti bacterial Silvatec soap which kills 99.9% bacteria and produces a protective layer over the skin protecting you from harmful bacteria.

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  2. Great and very true we share our showers with a lot of dancers.
    Feet
    As a dancer, one has a very close relationship with ones feet.
    The biomechanical engineering and design of the foot is amazing, 32 muscles and 17 bones, just in one foot! Many people take their feet for granted until the mechanics fails or breaks down. I read somewhere that the average person will walk the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime. It would be interesting to know how many times a dancer jumps on average?

    Ballet
    Ballet has positive and negative issues concerning the feet. One negative issue is over turning out of the feet for example can result in rolling in of the foot. Which can over a period cause bunions or shin splints. Positive issues are if one exercises correctly with battement tendu for example, it will strengthen the feet muscles. There are 3 arches in the foot. The obvious arch that shows up along the inside of our foot. That is the medial longitudinal arch. But there is another arch that runs lengthwise along the outside of the foot, the lateral longitudinal arch. And we have an arch that runs side to side across the mid-foot which is the transverse arch. If you work correctly one will strengthen the muscles around these arches, which will in turn make them ideal shock absorbers.
    Bunions
    In general terms, most people think of bunions as a painful bump on the side of their foot. This is true, in part. The word bunion actually refers to three different medical conditions: soft tissue enlargement, hallux abducto valgus and metatarsus primus varus. All three of these problems usually occur together and are what most people think of as a typical “bunion”
    Shin Splints
    Most shin splints, known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, can be attributed to overloading the muscles of the lower extremities or biomechanical irregularities. Muscle imbalance, which can be caused by over turning-out the feet, including weakened core muscles, which could lead to lower-extremity injuries.
    Healthy feet tips
    1. Try to inspect your feet regularly and pay attention to the texture or appearance.
    2. As dancers we wear ballet shoes we sweat very often so try to maintain good foot hygiene, not to forget washing and drying between the toes.
    3. It is helpful to replace the moisture content by using lotions or creams on a regular basis.
    4. Very important that you wear proper-size dancing shoes. Each dance brand of shoes is very different. Shop a round; always buy the shoes that feel the best.
    5. As dancers we always experience some kind of pain. Don’t ignore foot pain try if it continues. Symptoms that increase need to be evaluated by a podiatric physician. Always ask advise from your teacher if your not sure.
    6. Exercise correctly within your class; dance is an excellent conditioner for the feet.
    7. Since the feet have sweat glands, your shoes will absorb moisture from your feet, so it is important to allow your shoes to dry out completely after the dance class.

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