bacteria in gyms

The common belief is that a gym is a place where health thrives and certain diseases are eradicated. But that may not be completely true after studies have found that gyms are perfect environments for bacteria to thrive.

Studies found that…

  • A treadmill has 74 times more bacteria than a public water faucet
  • An exercise bike has 39 times more bacteria than a plastic reusable cafeteria tray
  • Free weights have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat

This is concerning information, but it’s not really a surprise.

You’ve got an environment where thousands of people per day are touching most of what’s inside, people are sweating and staying in contact with the equipment for sustained periods of time.

Just take a bench press as an example. Perhaps a couple hundred people use this piece of equipment per day. All of these people are placing their sweaty backs flat on the equipment for a couple of minutes each. They’re also all touching the exact same part of the metal bar and picking up many of the same plates.

Combine this with the fact that most people will wipe their face either with their hand, towel or clothing during the event and we can see how bacteria is able to spread.

 

So How Do You Stay Clean At The Gym?

To say that the gym is off limits would be absurd. The gym is healthy for us, the benefits certainly outweigh the negatives. Besides over a long period of time of going to the gym who’s to say that your immune system doesn’t strengthen from the overexposure?

However none of us like to think that we’re getting bombarded with bacteria, so what’s the solution?

In the same study it was found that 73% of people don’t shower directly after attending the gym. This means that most wait until they get home, or perhaps even a few hours after that to wash their bodies.

This means that you’re taking this bacteria outside of the gym with you. This bacteria ends up on the clothes you wear home, inside you car and on the handle, on your gym bag handle, on your door handle at home and even on your furniture.

Hopefully this doesn’t make you paranoid to enter another gym unless you’re armed with anti-bacterial wipes. But it’s simple hygiene. Take a shower prior to leaving the gym and leave behind all of that extra bacteria.

 

Conclusion

For something so simple it’s a wise step to take.

Train just as hard as ever, use all pieces of equipment, but just remember to shower before you leave the environment. It may just be the difference between you getting ill or not, plus there are probably some major skin benefits too, especially if you have a history of acne.

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The common belief is that a gym is a place where health thrives and certain diseases are eradicated. But that may not be completely true after studies have found that gyms are perfect environments for bacteria to thrive.

Studies found that…

  • A treadmill has 74 times more bacteria than a public water faucet
  • An exercise bike has 39 times more bacteria than a plastic reusable cafeteria tray
  • Free weights have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat

This is concerning information, but it’s not really a surprise.

You’ve got an environment where thousands of people per day are touching most of what’s inside, people are sweating and staying in contact with the equipment for sustained periods of time.

Just take a bench press as an example. Perhaps a couple hundred people use this piece of equipment per day. All of these people are placing their sweaty backs flat on the equipment for a couple of minutes each. They’re also all touching the exact same part of the metal bar and picking up many of the same plates.

Combine this with the fact that most people will wipe their face either with their hand, towel or clothing during the event and we can see how bacteria is able to spread.

 

So How Do You Stay Clean At The Gym?

To say that the gym is off limits would be absurd. The gym is healthy for us, the benefits certainly outweigh the negatives. Besides over a long period of time of going to the gym who’s to say that your immune system doesn’t strengthen from the overexposure?

However none of us like to think that we’re getting bombarded with bacteria, so what’s the solution?

In the same study it was found that 73% of people don’t shower directly after attending the gym. This means that most wait until they get home, or perhaps even a few hours after that to wash their bodies.

This means that you’re taking this bacteria outside of the gym with you. This bacteria ends up on the clothes you wear home, inside you car and on the handle, on your gym bag handle, on your door handle at home and even on your furniture.

Hopefully this doesn’t make you paranoid to enter another gym unless you’re armed with anti-bacterial wipes. But it’s simple hygiene. Take a shower prior to leaving the gym and leave behind all of that extra bacteria.

 

Conclusion

For something so simple it’s a wise step to take.

Train just as hard as ever, use all pieces of equipment, but just remember to shower before you leave the environment. It may just be the difference between you getting ill or not, plus there are probably some major skin benefits too, especially if you have a history of acne.