Must-Read: The Gym’s Grossest Spots
We have never been one for working out in the gym. And that’s not necessarily because we are lazy — although, to be fair, we are — and it’s not necessarily because we’re cheap — although, again, we certainly are. But instead it’s because working out inside of a dank, sweaty room with a bunch of other people just doesn’t sound like a fun time to us. Instead, we like going for jogs around the lake or doing whatever kinds of activities we need to outside in the backyard. Because, frankly, gyms are gross.
So today we’re heading over to AskMen.com where they have a listing of the grossest spots that are found in your local gym. Their number ten ranking is probably enough to keep us from gyms for good:
No.10 Spinning Bikes
Although most people wipe down their cardio equipment after they sweat all over it, there’s something extra on spinning bikes that you need to careful of. The handlebars and seats are usually made from a soft foamy material that can contain a slew of germs ranging from staph to E. coli. One study found staph, fungi and yeast on spinning bike seats, giving us one more reason not to work out in a thong. Make sure to thoroughly wipe down the seat and handlebars before and after use. When we say “thoroughly,” we mean, take a tissue, pour on some alcohol gel and apply it liberally to the seat and handlebars. Let the alcohol air dry for a few minutes since germs are destroyed when alcohol dries and evaporates. Use this time to wipe down the other parts of the machine you usually touch, as well as your hands.
So, you know, click on the link and then add those to your mental checklist of pros and cons when thinking about renewing your latest gym membership.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.