Avoiding Fungus on Kettlebells and Dumbbells

June 4, 2016 Health No comments

gym germsLots of athletes have problems with fungus. While most of the time this fungus comes from the locker room, where all the sweat and moisture of the workout seems to come out, and lives in the warm, dank corners, waiting eagerly for the next athlete to come along and pick it up, it might surprise you that you can also have major funguse problems on the individual pieces of equipment you use.

This is more probable if you workout in a public location, like a gym, that has a lot of people coming through to use the same equipment, and that workout equipment isn’t always cleaned frequently.

Here are a few tips for avoiding fungus problems when dealing with public kettlebells and dumbbells.

Why Is There Fungus On My Kettlebell?

Probably the first question you have in mind is why fungus would accumulate on your kettlebell in the first place. The reasons are actually the same fundamental problems that the locker rooms have, albeit on a much smaller scale.

When a lot of different, often sweaty, people come through to workout, they leave residue behind, in the form of their perspiration and (occasionally) other bodily fluids, which can collect on the kettlebell.

While this could happen with either a kettlebell or a dumbbell, it is more common with kettlebells because of the shape of the handle, which encourages moisture to sit more so than other pieces of equipment.

Another reason has to do with the types of kettlebell exercises performed, many of which require a wider range of motion, and thus have more opportunity to collect sweat. For example, if you’re doing a kettlebell figure 8 or goblet squat, the fact that you’re moving the kettlebell across your entire body can cause you to sweat on top of it, even if you don’t realize you’re doing so.

How To Prevent The Fungus Buildup

There are a lot of tricks you can use to prevent fungus buildup on your equipment, but by far the most important is cleanliness.

If you workout in a public place, make sure you wipe down all equipment before you use it. Many gyms do a good job of providing access to towels, wipes, and other cleaning supplies to help you give the workout equipment a quick wipe before you use it.

As a courtesy to the person behind you, it’s also recommended that you wipe down all equipment after you use it as well. Cleaning the kettlebell or dumbbell after use is actually more effective at reducing fungus, since it cleans off any potential bacteria before it has a chance to grow.

If you’re still concerned about the possibility of fungus, you can always use your own towel or gloves to place around the equipment. Be sure to wash your clothing thoroughly after each workout, and you will not likely have any more problems with fungus from your weight lifting.

How To Prevent Foot Fungus before It Starts

December 28, 2015 Health No comments

How To Avoid Foot Fungus through Healthy Practices

foot careEven though foot fungus is relatively easy to treat, the overwhelming majority of cases could be easily prevented through proper care. In this post we’ll go through someĀ  of the good practice you can establish in your own life and workout routines to help you avoid ever having to deal with this nasty nuisance.

We encourage you to adopt these tips to lead a healthier, better life, and happier feet!

Practice Healthy Nutrition

The first tip to keep in mind is more of a lifestyle habit than a specific foot fungus prevention tip: eat right!

Studies have shown that proper nutrition, especially for those engaged in regular exercise, could be a factor in preventing some common problems like athlete’s foot.

The reason? Proper nutrition helps reduce the amount of sweat you produce and encourages cellular respiration, two key factors that lead to fungus growing in those damp, hard to reach places between your toes.

Read more about exercise nutrition from Crossfit Supplements Guide.

Care for Your Feet

The second thing you can do to prevent fungus is to actively care for you feet. If you run every day, for example, consider investing in multiple pairs of running shoes and alternating between them. That way, you allow the shoes to completely dry out between runs, and the dryer the shoe, the less chance you’ll have of developing an enticing environment for fungus.

The same applies to socks. Be sure to change your socks frequently, especially if you suffer from particularly sweaty feet. Remember: moist areas encourage fungus, so do your best to keep everything dry!

Not only that, but you could also consider using a skin-cream to help keep your feet clean and ready to go. Many of these products have natural cleansing agents that can work to prevent the growth of fungus, and nip any problem in the bud before you even notice it!

Read more about foot care on Runners World.

Dr. Mercola Addresses Fungus Treatment Options

December 18, 2015 Treatments No comments

World-reknown physician Dr. Joseph Mercola has a great video on foot fungus and, specifically, toenail fungus treatments.

If you’re suffering from any sort of weird fungus on your foot or toes, then this video is a must watch for you!

Please note that even though the speaker in this video is an accredited physician, any advice on treatment options is not intended to be specific to your individual case. Always consult with a reputable health provider to assess the diagnosis, status, and treatment options for any medical abnormality you may have.

While toenail fungus is often very simple to treat, if the techniques mentioned in this video do not work for you and the fungus persists for more than a few days, contact your doctor to schedule an appointment and check up.