This is a busy time for gyms and fitness clubs, and the exercise may be good for you, but it's also important to about the lurking germ fests.
The gym is like a petri dish, into which every member is shedding bacteria, viruses and fungi that can expose people to a a cold, flu virus, or even dangerous skin infections.
Gym showers are also a breeding ground for germs.
"If you're going in there with bare feet then there's a good likelihood you'll be coming out of there with either a wart or athlete's foot," said Jason Tetro, from the Univ. of Ottawa.
It's important to wear shoes of some sort when showering. and before you use any equipment, make sure to wipe it down.
and don't touch your face without washing your hands first.