With good intentions in mind, we make our way to the gym (whether begrudgingly or not!) with the aim to improve our health.
However, gyms may not be as healthy as we once thought they were. Bursting to the brim with health enthusiasts, gym equipment can also be bursting full of dangerous germs if not cleaned effectively.
Although exercise is essential for maintaining health, contact with these germs can leave us vulnerable to many health problems – everything from common colds to diarrhoea. Germs thrive in the warm, sweaty atmospheres, meaning that gyms make for an ideal breeding ground. Even more disturbing than the type of germs found in the gym is how long they can survive for – an incredible three days!
Where Are Germs Lurking in Gyms?
Raising awareness of the importance of a thorough gym cleaning routine is Fitrated. Their study discovered that gym goers really are getting more than what they bargained for on their workout. Having gathered bacteria samples from 27 different pieces of gym equipment, Fitrated found that each piece of equipment is teeming with more than one million germs per square inch.
The next time your reach for dumbbell or swipe the screen on your treadmill, here’s the amount of bacteria which you could be getting up close and personal with –
- Treadmill = 74 times more bacteria than a public bathroom faucet
- Free weights = 362 times more germs than a toilet seat
- Exercise bike = 39 times more germs than a tray from a school cafeteria
How Do We Reduce the Spread of Germs in a Gym?
So how do we reduce the amount of bacteria on gym equipment, and consequently, reduce our risk of becoming exposed to unpleasant illnesses?
Chelsea Freeburn, of the FitRated creative team, recommends:
“Most gyms provide materials to wipe equipment post-use. It’s surprising that people seem to neglect using it, especially when it’s right there. If your gym doesn’t provide these materials, bring your own disinfectant wipes and request that they start.
“Always make sure to practice good hygiene, like washing your hands with anti-bacterial soap before and after each workout.”
It’s clear that disinfection is essential when aiming to keep on top of infection control in a gym. Following FitRated’s recommendations, make sure that materials are available for gym users to wipe down and sanitise their equipment post use, in addition to your daily cleaning routine.
What Should I Make Available to Gym Users in Order to Reduce Bacteria?
A hand sanitiser system is a must have item. To further reduce touch points, a touch free dispenser such as Deb’s InstantFOAM TouchFREE dispenser is an efficient choice working in sync with the Deb InstantFOAM Complete Hand Sanitiser. Available in black and chrome, it’s perfect for a gym that favours design. Simply hold your hand under the dispenser to activate – it’s that easy!
Wet wipes such as Cleanline Sanisafe Disinfectant Wipes are ideal for a quick and easy way to decontaminate all smooth surfaces, and should be made easily accessible throughout the gym. Ideal for disinfecting and cleaning equipment such as running machines, weights, bikes and rowing machines. For more wet wipe options, you can browse our selection.
We all know that gyms can sometimes smell unpleasant, so it’s vital to consider air care options to make it a welcoming environment for customers. System air care systems are convenient, intuitive systems which release fragrance to suit the needs of their environment. You can find out more about air care options in our blog post, “Air Care Trends: Freshening Up for Spring. Additionally, if you’d like to find out about fragrance families, “Make Your Washroom Wonderful with Harmonising Fragrances”, is a must read.
Hand and Body Wash
To ensure that hands can be washed thoroughly, hand wash should always be made available and restocked where necessary in washrooms. Multi- purpose options are available, combining both hand and body wash which is perfect for shower rooms. Pristine’s Coconut Luxury Hand and Body Wash, offers a refreshing and delicious scent of coconut, moisturising and cleansing when applied to damp skin.
FREE DOWNLOAD: Cleaning and Supplies Schedule for Gyms
If you run a gym and want to make infection control a key priority, download our FREE cleaning schedule and supply template for gyms In doing so, you’ll be ‘lifting’ your way to a clean and organised gym!
How does your gym approach cleaning and maintenance? Please leave us a comment below and let us know how you are tackling it or Tweet us your photos of your gym using our downloadable template @BunzlCleaning