You may be thinking that hand washing has nothing to do with nutrition and fitness, so why did it earn a spot on this blog. Well, it is certainly an important part of both topics! Food safety is always a nutritional concern and avoiding viruses and bacteria at the gym is just as important. You should always practice good hand washing skills before and after handling food, after using the bathroom, and before and after using gym equipment just to name a few. This post was inspired after seeing way too many people using poor hand washing techniques at the gym. Gyms are crawling with all kinds of disgusting germs that you don’t want! Always wash your hands thoroughly before heading out the door! Anything less than the description below means that you are wasting your time at the sink because it is ineffective! The following steps are required of employees in food establishments for a reason! You should follow them also!
1. Make sure you have paper towels handy before starting to wash your hands.
2. Turn the water on to a warm temperature.
3. Put soap in your hands and then scrub for 20 seconds. You can count to 20 or sing happy birthday to yourself twice. You should be scrubbing between your fingers, the backs and palms of your hands, your wrists, and your nails. Friction is important!
4. Rinse your hands.
5. Grab a paper towel and thoroughly dry your hands. Now, using the paper towel, turn off the water. Do not touch the faucet again because you will just pick up all of the germs you left there when you turned it on, and when everyone else before you turned it on.
Happy Hand Washing!!