No one wants to sit down in a puddle of someone else’s sweat at the gym, so PLEASE wipe down the equipment after you’re done with it. But even if you do, there’s still a LOT of bacteria accumulated there . . .
Researchers recently took samples at three different gyms to see how gross the equipment was. It turned out almost everything was pretty disgusting, and 70% of the bacteria they found was the kind that can make you sick.
Three things that were absolutely COVERED in bacteria were free weights like dumbbells . . . the handlebars on exercise bikes . . . and the handlebars on treadmills.
Just to give you an idea, here’s how gross they were compared to a few other things we touch every day.
Free weights had 34 times more bacteria than a lunch tray at a cafeteria . . . 64 times more than an average water faucet . . . and 362 times more bacteria than a TOILET SEAT. Which AREN’T actually that filthy.
The handles on exercise bikes and treadmills were even grosser. They both had about 40 times as much as a lunch tray . . . 75 times as much bacteria as a faucet . . . and over 400 times as much bacteria as a toilet seat.
The craziest part of that story? You’d expose yourself to ten times LESS bacteria if you ate lunch off of a toilet seat instead of a lunch tray?