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Germy gyms

Photo courtesy Women's Health Magazine Photo courtesy Women's Health Magazine
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Pour on the hand sanitizer the next time you head to the gym.

A new concerning analysis revealed in Women’s Health Magazine looks at bacteria found in gyms and what it reveals will gross anyone out.

In a recent experiment, FitRated.com examined bacterial samples taken from 27 common pieces of workout equipment at large chains around the country.

And let's just say the results aren't pleasant.

According to the report, sweat accessories have more germs than some of the gross surfaces we come into contact with every day.

An exercise bike has 39 times more bacteria than a plastic cafeteria tray and the treadmill has 79 times more bacteria than a water faucet.]

The worst offender?

Free weights.

Next time you go to pick up your favorite 15-pounders for bicep curls, keep in mind that researchers discovered that these babies had 362 times (!!!) more bacteria than a toilet seat.

The article details that most of us are fairly good at wiping down cardio machines before and after we use them.

But, chances are, you probably aren’t as diligent about bringing those antibacterial wipes around with you while doing a weights circuit.

Since it’s impossible to monitor everyone who’s wiping down what at the gym, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth until you can hit the showers.

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