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Mind Your Manners at the Gym

New Year's Eve has come and gone, so your resolutions are now in full swing. Probably this means you've committed to hitting the gym at least three times a week, right? And you're going? Of course you are.

Following are some etiquette tips to remember as you sweat and groan your way to good health. Here are a few things you definitely do not want to do during your next -- or any visit to your gym.

• Do not make loud noises while exercising. Grunting and groaning while lifting weights or dropping dumbbells or bars with a thud instead of lowering them in a reasonable fashion are no-nos at a gym. Also, you might be a rock star in your shower when you serenade the tiles, but keep your iTunes to yourself while you're hitting the treadmill.

• Do not claim machines out of turn. Other people's time is just as important as your own. It's rude to throw a towel over a treadmill and then decide to fill your water bottle, chat with a friend or visit the bathroom before getting on.

• Do not use cardio machines for more than the allotted time. Most health clubs have a 30-minute time limit on cardio equipment when others are waiting.

• Do not spread your germs. There's nothing worse than seeing someone cough or sneeze all over the equipment you are about to use. What goes 'round comes 'round -- even germs.

Do enjoy your newfound commitment to being healthy and fit this year and for many to follow.

Do you have any workout pet-peeves? Let me know here .

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