According To A Study, There’s A Lot More Germs Lingering At The Gym Than We Expected

April 10, 2016  |  

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If you’re like me, you’re always mindful of wiping down equipment at the gym before and after you use them. However, some of us skip out on a good ole’ disinfecting wipe, and after reading the following information they’ll change their mind.

According to a new report from FitRated, a site that reviews gym equipment, gyms are a lot more germ-y than we expected. Sure, we know hundreds of people utilize the equipment on a daily basis, but not to this extent. The site took bacteria samples from 27 different items are three national gym chains to find our which of them weighs in at the bottom of the totem pole. The report showed that the standard exercise bike had 39 times more bacteria than a plastic cafeteria tray with the tread mill having 74 times more bacteria than a water faucet. Yikes!

And the free weights ranked in as the biggest bacteria carrier with 364 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

So, ladies, if weren’t wiping down equipment before and after you use it, now is definitely the time to start! And a thorough hand wash before and after your workout is a must!

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