Which Piece Of Gym Equipment Has 362 Times More Germs Than A Toilet?

April 6, 2016  |  

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There are so many options of things to do when you go to the gym. You can get on the treadmill and either go for a walk or run. You can get down on a mat and do some yoga poses or stretches. You can grab a few different free weights and work on building muscle. You can tighten and tone on some of the resistance machines. There’s no limit to the kind of workout you can have. Unfortunately, there’s also no limit to the number of germs you can pick up, all while attempting to get healthy.

The website Fitrated.com enlisted EmLab P&K to swab almost 30 pieces of equipment at three different gym facilities that are national chains in an effort to find out just how many germs our go-to gear really holds. What they found was, just as you thought, you should probably wipe down the equipment before you use it due to an abundance of gram-positive cocci and other serious bacteria.

Treadmills at the three facilities they checked out had 74 times more bacteria than a public water faucet does.

That exercise bike people sit on for extended periods of time? Thirty-nine times more bacteria than the reusable plastic cafeteria lunch trays.

But the dirtiest equipment of all? The free weights. They have 362 times more bacteria than the toilet you sit your behind on.

Disgusting, but not the biggest of shocks. Most people don’t wipe down the machines before getting on or getting off, and people put their grubby hands on the free weights more than any other piece of equipment because they’re quick, easy, and effective. But just because you use and pick up these things doesn’t mean you need to pick up all the germs that come with them.

It’s recommended that you spray and wipe down the equipment before and after getting on, and don’t touch your face until you wash your hands. Better yet, just don’t touch your face at all while in the gym. And when you get home, take off your workout clothes before sitting down on your furniture. Basically, don’t take the gym home with you, and if you can afford it, get some of your own equipment so you don’t have to rely so heavily on the grimy gear at your local facility.

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