Gyms across the UK traditionally see a rise in new members at this time of year.

Statistics show there are just under 10 million regular gym users in the UK, with the figure rising in the early months of the year as more and more people plan to get into shape for the dawn of a new era.

But with 10 million people come 20 million hands, all of which share the same cross trainers, treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines, TRX ropes, fixed weights and free weights.

A 2018 study by Elliptical Reviews showed the average gym treadmill was 416 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

Almost as grimy were weights, exercise bikes, and don’t forget yoga mats!

If not careful germs and bacteria typical of those found in a gym can lead to norovirus, the flu, the common cold and even scarlet fever – all easily preventable illnesses and conditions that hit the headlines at Christmas as they laid millions of people low.

Public Health England advises that clean hands is singularly the most effective way to prevent or slow down the spread of infection as we stop the spread of bugs and bacteria to our faces and across every surface we come into contact with.

Aroma Care Solutions’ new alcohol-free hand sanitiser is a powerful weapon that offers the most effective protection against a whole range of illnesses including norovirus, MRSA, listeria and salmonella.

The new solution is Vegan Society registered and – like all Aroma Care Products – has not been tested on animals.

Quentin Steele, Founder of Aroma care Solutions, said: “Keeping our hands clean is the single most effective action we can take for ourselves – at any given moment of the day or night – which would help keep bugs at bay.

“The flu and the common cold can strike at any time and from anywhere. What we have touched and who has touched the same things before us can play a big part in our health over the next few days.”

He added: “Our new alcohol-free hand-sanitiser is a gentle but effective weapon in the spread of such diseases. It is a simple but powerful precaution we can take to protect ourselves and others around us from illness.”

The hand sanitiser is available in three sizes – 500 ml (£11.99 rrp), 250 ml (£6.99 rrp), and a handy 50 ml size (£3.99 rrp) which comes in an ideal handbag size.

For details on this and the full range from Aroma Care Solutions log on to https://aromacaresolutions.co.uk/