Spring Into Action!
Spring has sprung! That only means one thing: Spring Cleaning! It’s when we clean and organize every inch of our homes. But why do we only focus on our homes during this time? This spring lets also focus outside of our homes to another place where we spend most of our days, the gym. Did you know that our gyms and fitness clubs are crawling with germs? Hundreds of people go in and out of gyms touching everything in sight without cleaning the equipment!
Gyms are hotbeds of germ activity. Norovirus, which causes stomach pain, vomiting, and more can survive for a month on the surface of exercise machines. And microbes like MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can lead to dangerous skin infections, lurk. Let’s see what the dirtiest spots are in the gym, according to Fitness Magazine, and find a solution.
The Dirtiest Spots In The Gym
- Free Weights, Weight Machines & Exercise Balls: There are tons of people a day who touch different dumbbells, exercise balls, machines and more. That gym equipment is crawling with bugs and viruses. “I’ve even found MRSA on an exercise ball in a gym” says Philip Tierno Jr., Ph.D., a clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU Medical School.
- Locker Rooms: Locker rooms in gyms are very humid and sweaty which makes for the perfect petri dish for staph, strep, and MRSA. People who use a locker don’t clean out the inside let alone the outside where you touch the locks. Beware of the benches in the locker rooms, Dr. Tierno has found traces of infections on there as well.
- Exercise Mat: Whether you use an exercise mat for stretching or yoga, you could be lying in a slew of microbes that can cause skin infections, athlete’s foot, the cold, the flu, and hepatitis A. People are constantly sweating on these mats without wiping them down after use.
- Gym Bag: Disease-causing microbes can latch on your bag every time you place it on a bench, in a locker, or on the floor. The most common microbes to stay on your bag are staph, salmonella, E. coli, and Pseudomonas, which can cause eye infections, says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona.
- Cardio Machines: In a study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 63 percent of machines that had been cleaned still had traces of rhinovirus, which causes the common cold. Tierno’s research found Staph, fungi, and yeast on gym bike seats.
Dirty Gym Solutions
Wipex Fitness Equipment Wipes are the perfect solution to all of the above issues at the gym. Easily clean your fitness equipment in one easy swipe! Use Wipex Fitness Wipes to clean the weights, cardio machines, lockers, benches, gym bags, exercise mats and anything else you want to clean at the gym. Feel confident that your equipment will be clean after one use! Don’t work out in someone else’s grime! Choose between our collection of Wipex wipes and see which one best fits you and your needs.
Our Wipex Fitness Equipment Wipes come in 3 specially formulated refill pouches perfect for any kind of gym, yoga studio, fitness club and more. Does your gym provide wipes? Are they effective? Suggest to your gym owner Wipex and guarantee a cleaner workout!
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If your gym doesn’t provide the right efficient wipes needed to disinfect your equipment bring your own! Wipex has Fitness Equipment Wipes in a portable canister that easily fits in your gym bag. Available in Lavender and Watermelon with natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals. Clean the equipment before and after use with Wipex!
Get in the habit of celebrating Spring Cleaning all year round. The key to staying healthy is cleanliness. Keep your gym clean and you and your fellow members will be happy.
All references are from Fitness Magazine’s article Germs at the Gym