Ok, so if you’re reading this fresh from the gym, or even in the gym, then you might want to head to your nearest wash basin right this second. Why? Because new research has shown that your average individual gym weight contains 362 times more bacteria than your toilet seat. Let’s take a moment for that to sink in, shall we?
The study, which was conducted by Fitrated.com, took samples from 27 different types of gym equipment and also found that the treadmill has 74 times more germs than a public bathroom tap. Now we’ve all seen how gross they can be. And if you’re a spinning fan, you might want to pack the anti-bac hand gel as the bikes have 39 times more bacteria than a lunch tray. You know like the ones that you got in school that always looked a bit scummy? Yep, dirtier than one of those.
All of the equipment that they tested was found to have gram-positive cocci – in non-science terms this is a bacteria that can cause skin infections and other illnesses. Yuk.
So how do you protect yourself? ‘Be sure to disinfect machines both before and after you use them, never walk around barefoot, don’t touch your face, and always wash your hands and change out of your gym clothes immediately after a workout.’
They say that part of the problem is that when you’re at the gym you’re sharing equipment with lots of other people who are all bringing in their own germs – and often people forget to disinfect before they disembark. Fitrated also suggest that you could avoid the germs by buying your own equipment to have at home, so that you have been control over how clean it is.
Hmmm, maybe it would be safer to just not go at all…? *munches on Pringles*
By Olivia Foster