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How to Clean Exercise Equipment

Gym equipment can harbor thousands of germs, including rhinoviruses, streptococcal bacteria, and others. Frequently touched items,

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Most of us are pretty considerate when it comes to wiping down exercise equipment at the gym (who wants to touch someone else’s sweat, right?), but it’s also important that your home workout equipment get a good cleaning from time to time.

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Gym equipment can harbor thousands of germs, including rhinoviruses, streptococcal bacteria, and others. Frequently touched items, like weights, dumbbells, and medicine balls are more likely to accumulate a buildup of body oils, lotions, and dust, which can be difficult to remove over time.

Even yoga and exercise mats can accumulate sweat and dirt, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.

You can buy a disinfectant at the store or make one at home by mixing 1 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and 2 cups of hot water into a spray bottle. Spray your equipment down and wipe it with a clean dry cloth after each use.

Four New Year’s Resolutions Worth Keeping

It’s time to ring in the New Year, and that means new resolutions! Unfortunately for some of us, it also means setting crazy goals that are monumentally hard to achieve. Instead of setting yourself up for failure and disappointment, consider the following more reasonable resolutions:

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Stay Healthy

. Rather than setting a goal of losing weight, make a resolution to commit to better health this year. Start with small changes, like eating more fresh fruits and veggies at every meal or weaning yourself off sodas and sugary drinks.

Then work on adding more daily movement to your routine, whether it’s walking, trips to the gym, or after-school dance parties with your kids.

Get Organized.

If you always feel like you’re running around from crisis to crisis or drowning in a never-ending to-do list, a commitment to better organization and time management can help ease your stress.

Studies show that writing a plan down on paper will help make sure you stick to it. So start your day by writing down just three tasks to complete for the day (yes—just three!).

Focus your efforts on doing your daily three tasks and you’ll be amazed at how much more you’re able to accomplish.

Keep Learning.

As we get older, we sometimes lose our sense of curiosity. We stop reading for fun, we stop browsing interesting topics just because we can, and we just stop wondering about the world around us.

But studies have shown that a challenged, stimulated brain may well be the key to a vibrant late life. So join a book club, take a class at a local community college, or find some free lectures at your local library to keep yourself mentally fit throughout the New Year.

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Focus on You.

It can be hard to focus on ourselves sometimes. It often feels like we’re being “selfish” or “self-centered” when we do things for ourselves before others. But neglecting your own needs can lead to depression, anxiety, fatigue, etc.

Make a resolution to do more things for yourself this year, whether it’s a little pampering at the spa, movie dates with someone special, or ordering your favorite dessert at a restaurant.

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