Fitness items from medical supply store cleaner than toilets
Saying that medical supply store fitness equipment is cleaner than a toilet is – to paraphrase Chris Rock – like taking credit for some, shall we say, stuff that you’re supposed to do. But you may think otherwise when you hear about a new study by FitRated.com that the typical free weights at your local gym may have over 360 times more germs than a toilet seat – that’s almost worse than the worst toilet in Scotland. Meanwhile, treadmills have 74 times more bacteria than an average public bathroom faucet, and exercise bike contain 39 times more bacteria than a cafeteria tray. “Every time you pick up a weight or grab an exercise bike handle, you could be putting yourself at risk for an illness or infection,” the report says.
One way to circumvent this sad state of affairs is with your own medical supply store home gym. Otherwise, as New York Daily News’ Nicole Lyn Pesce writes, you are probably going to want to bring disinfectant wipes with you next time you hit the gym. “I hate to say this, but people are gross, especially at the gym,” FitRated representative Cristina Lachowyn told the Daily News. “We decided to do this kind of study to make people aware of their habits, and make you work out a lot cleaner and safer. The last thing you need is to get sick when you’re trying to get fit.”
For this research, EmLab P&K collected and tested bacteria samples from 27 different pieces of equipment at three different gyms. Treadmills, exercise bikes, and free weights were found to be riddled with more than 1 million germs per square inch each, including:
· Gram-positive cocci. Causes most skin infections as well as pneumonia and septicemia.
· Gram-negative rods. Most of them are harmful to humans and can resist antibiotics.
· Gram-positive rods. Mostly harmless to humans – with a few exceptions.
· Bacillus. Some strains are harmful to humans, while others are actually helpful.
All things considered, not wiping your sweat off a machine at the gym may or may not be a signal – a gesture of intimacy. But it is definitely not only a violation of club rules, but also a form of bio-terrorism, whether intended or not. FitRated makes the following recommendations:
· Disinfect machines before and after you use them.
· Never walk around barefoot.
· Don’t touch your face.
· Always wash hands and change out of gym clothes immediately after a workout.