Do you really need to wipe down machines at the gym?


To most people, wiping sweat off of shared equipment and machines is basically a Golden Rule, even though there's not actually anything inherently germy about sweat. So what's the deal?
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via Huffington Post

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When it comes to good gym etiquette, our Facebook fans and Twitter followers told us wiping sweat off of shared equipment and machines is basically their Golden Rule.

But even though it’s gross to lie down into a puddle of someone else’s perspiration on the bench press, there’s not actually anything inherently germy about sweat. So what’s the deal?

Turns out, our health-minded community is on to something. Warm, moist environments are where bacteria really like to grow, says Dr. Pritish Tosh, M.D., infectious diseases physician at the Mayo Clinic. And if the gym isn’t a warm, moist environment, we don’t know what is. “There is certainly a potential for transmission of certain kinds of infections,” he says.

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