Women's Locker Room Savvy Quiz

Do you know where nasty things like bacteria and fungi may be hiding? Take our MedicineNet.com quiz and see how "Locker Room Savvy" you are!

  1. Tight clothing made from nylon and other tightly woven synthetic material is best for comfort and keeping sweat off the skin. True or False


  2. You should wear a sweatband while you are exercising to keep dirty sweat off of your face to prevent acne. True or False


  3. When you are in the gym, using a towel to wipe equipment can prevent the spread of germs. True or False


  4. If your gym is a "clean gym," you don't need to worry about picking up a foot fungus or germs in the locker room or showers. True or False


  5. Remove your make-eup before your workout to prevent blemish or acne breakouts. True or False


  6. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout to keep you well hydrated and prevent acne. True or False


  7. Damp or wet workout clothes will dry in your locker or gym bag as long as they are exposed to air. True or False


Answers to the quiz

1. False. Shorts and t-Shirts and loose-fitting clothes made of cotton or "breathable" fabric are best for physical activity. If you have acne on your arms, back, or shoulders, keeping it loose cuts down on the amount of friction on your body. Friction can make your acne worse.

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2. False. Sweatbands can trap sweat in your pores and provide a perfect place for bacteria to grow and cause acne, so it's best not wear them.

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3. True. When you're in the gym, using two towels can help to cut down on the spread of bacteria-use one to wipe off the equipment before and after you use it, and one to wipe the sweat from your skin. You don't want to use the same towel to wipe the equipment and your skin!

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4. False. Wear flip-flops to walk around the locker room...those wet floors are popular hangouts for fungi looking for a foot to grab on to. Also, when sitting in the locker room, sauna or steam room, sit on a clean towel. Damp benches can be germ-fests of bacterial and fungi that can easily be spread from person to person. If you can, get dressed first, before you sit down.

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5. True. Be sure to take off your make-up before you work out-it will keep your pores clear and help prevent acne.

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6. True. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after you are physically active to stay hydrated. In addition to keeping your body working right, it can help prevent acne by flushing out your pores. Also, clean out your water bottle after each time you use it-this will prevent bacterial from growing inside.

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7. False. Storing damp or wet workout clothes in your locker or gym bag is an invitation for fungus to grow. Hang your clothes up to dry before cramming them in your locker, and take them home at least once a week to be washed. And don't forget to air out your sneakers between wears to prevent athlete's foot!

How did you do? If you missed more than 3, you may want to read one of the following articles!
Portions of the above information have been provided with the kind permission of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.bam.gov).
Last Editorial Review: 7/7/2004




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