Did you work out today? Feeling pretty good about breaking a sweat, huh? That might change in a few minutes.
Unfortunately for you gym rats, everything from the treadmill to the free weights are teeming with bacteria. That’s probably not a huge shocker given the amount of people working on their fitness each day, but you probably didn’t expect it to be this bad.
Equipment reviews site FitRated did the unthinkable: they gathered bacteria samples from 27 different pieces of equipment at three different gym chains. They found there is a lot of bacteria on those machines, some of which that can cause skin infections or even be antibiotic-resistant. Over 70% of the bacteria found was potentially harmful to humans.
Every popular piece of equipment had a crazy amount of bacteria, far more than what you’ll find in a dirty public bathroom. They found that an exercise bike had 39 times more bacteria than a plastic cafeteria tray and a treadmill had 74 times more bacteria than a water faucet. Free weights were even worse, with 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Really, just think about how many people touch those over the course of a day…and how often they get cleaned.
There’s a few ways you can keep yourself clean and healthy. Disinfect any equipment before and after use, and refrain from touching your face while you’re in the gym.
The only good news? You’re probably going to shower as soon as you get home from the gym anyway…and this may be a damn good excuse if you feel like skipping the gym today.