Many people choose what gym they go to based on cleanliness. Sure, good gym equipment is important, but so is having machines that are washed from top to bottom with the best cleaning products. Unfortunately, that attention to sanitation doesn’t change the fact that fitness facilities are breeding grounds for fungus and bacteria. In fact, some of the most despicable conditions you can think of can be picked up while you are working on your fitness.
Here are just a few scary conditions you can pick up from the gym. You might want to sit down.
Staph is a real jerk in that it’s both difficult to detect, and can transfer to your skin super easily. Sure, many healthy people have staphylococcus in their nose and on their skin, and it’s totally fine. But according to PBS, a percentage of those people carry the antibiotic-resistant strand MRSA, which is responsible for about 19,000 deaths per year. To make matters worse, staph can be transferred between people by the carrier simply wiping their nose and then touching something. That “something” can often be the exercise equipment and towels at the gym.
Livestrong.com advises to take your own towels to the gym, and to keep all cuts or scratches covered so the bacteria can’t find a way into your body.