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Going to the gym can be unhealthy

New equipment at the North YMCA, such as this treadmill, overlooks the pool.

If getting in shape via a gym membership is on your list of New Year's resolutions— think again. I felt a teensy bit guilty about missing my workout last night, until Berry Picker LizA posted this on my FB wall:


Consumer Reports Insights: Health clubs harbor hidden dangers: Joining a health club can make it easier and more fun to exercise. But gyms can also present safety problems. Bacteria in poorly maintained pools can spread disease. Antibiotic-resistant staph infections can be picked up in crowded locker rooms and from heavily used exercise equipment. You can be injured or even suffer an exercise-related heart problem.

Whew! Thanks Liz.

Do you belong to a gym or health club? How often do you go?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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