VCU Recreational Sports is here to help you have fun and stay healthy. We offer intramural sports, fitness programs, outdoor adventure trips and special sporting events. If you’re a VCU student, you’re already a member. This blog is designed to help you interact more with and understand what goes on around your gyms.
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One of the top complaints we receive from patrons via social media is that some members of the gym are not properly educated about wiping down machines and equipment. For some this seems to be top priority when it comes to working out and for others the thought to clean a machine or mat after use just doesn’t exist. In this post we are going to point out some important reasons you should wipe down and clean your equipment after use as well as debunk some myths about gym cleanliness.
Myth 1: “wiping down mats and equipment is just polite”
-While this may be true, wiping down your equipment does more than just appease the gym goer waiting to use the machine. The wipes provided in the gym are there to keep everyone healthy. Sweat itself is not a “germy” substance but the environment where we are most likely to sweat is also the perfect home for bacteria to start growing.This warm humid environment encourages all kinds of unwanted bacteria to grow and spread increasing the likelihood of passing infection or disease.
Myth 2: “athlete’s foot is the only infection you can get in the gym”
- The most common infection being passed around the gym is community acquired MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and sharing equipment is the number one way it is passed around the gym. Materials that have pores, like machine padding and yoga mats, are the most likely to house this bacteria and should always be wiped down before and after use. Failure to wipe down equipment allows the bacteria to linger and be shared among everyone who using the machine.
**You can also contract other germs that may linger on shared equipment and cause urinary tract infections, E. coli, fungus growth (athlete’s foot comes in here) and warts, including those caused by human papillomavirus.
Myth 3: “only wipe down the handles of the machine you’re using”
- When wiping down machines and equipment, all areas that come in contact with your body should be wiped down. Cuts or rashes can weaken your defenses against bacteria and infection and wiping down the entire machine will greatly reduce your risk of picking one up.
So help lower the risk of exposing yourself and anyone else to these infections and wipe down your machine before and after you use it!
This February we will all be watching the 22nd Winter Olympiad and Russia’s first as host.The games begin on February 6th, preceding the Opening Ceremony which will take place on the 7th. The Winter Olympics will be debuting a few new events this year including ski half pipe, women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team and luge team. If you’re still curious about the Winter Olympics or Sochi itself here are a few interesting numbers about this coming event!
The number of hours it takes on average to manufacture one of the Olympic medals that will be awarded in Sochi.
87 The number of nations sending athletes.
145 The length in kilometers of Sochi, a long municipality nestled between the Black Sea coast and snowcapped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. It is one of the longest cities in Europe.
1,300 The number of medals to be awarded in Sochi. This is a record high. The medals are made from precious alloys from Russia.
The number of artistic performers set to attend the opening ceremony on February 7. They will perform on three stages and will be ”the most impressive and memorable events of the Olympic Games.”
3,500 The number of athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games.
Eat Breakfast Although it may be tempting to save up room in your stomach for the big feast on Thanksgiving evening, it won’t end up having the same effect as you hope. Eating a small meal in the morning will give you more control of your appetite when the turkey and stuffing come around. Having just an egg and some toast will encourage you to be more discriminating in your food and beverage choices later.
Keep an Eye on Portions With a bountiful spread of your favorite traditional Thanksgiving foods, it might be hard not to have a little bit of everything. Skim the buffet first and pick out the foods that are most important to you and skip the second helping.
Toss the Turkey Skin Trim off the skin. Although it’s delicious, turkey skin is high in fat and not the good kind! With so many tasty foods on the menu, skipping the skin will just leave more room for other Thanksgiving favorites.
Don’t Let the Veggies Fool You Eating a lot a vegetables is a good way to fill up without loading up on fat. What to look out for, however, are the veggies cooked and served in thick, creamy sauces. It actually does the opposite effect. While giving you the nutrients of the veggies, it’s also filling you up with loads of unnecessary fats and sugars.