Our expert says:
I haven't noticed that the Virgin Active I go to (very occasionally) is all that filthy, but then it is one of their newest ones!
In terms of picking up infections at gyms, you run a greater risk of getting e.g. flu from touching surfaces than breathing in the air. The best defence against this is to avoid touching surfaces in the gym and then your face, and to wash your hands afterwards; of course a shower is a good idea. And wiping down the equipment before (if necessary) and after using (as many people don't) is a basic hygiene decency. It's more likely that there will be germs and indoor pollution in the air if there are more people in a venue, and if the air is stuffy. I don't know the details of the air conditioning systems at SA gyms, but they do most definitely have to undergo regular health inspections.
I agree with you that the temperature seems to be set too high, and one sweats more when exercising indoors.
I think we should consider doing an article on this...I also get concerned about working out with all the chlorine rising up from the pool...not good.
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