While working out has many benefits, including weight control, disease prevention, and even mood improvement, germs can thrive at the gym. This could put gym goers at risk for a variety of common skin infections, including ringworm, plantar warts, or impetigo, unless they take certain precautions.

This is because bacteria, viruses, and fungi that cause skin infections to develop, thrive in warm, moist places like sweaty exercise equipment and locker room showers. Although skin infections are not a reason to cancel your gym membership, it’s important to follow a few simple steps to avoid germs while you’re at the gym.

To help prevent skin infections at the gym, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

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