Study reveals the gross habits of the gym's stinkiest users and they will disgust you
A third of gym-goers work out four times before washing their gym gear, an unnerving new study has revealed.
The new research into the hygiene habits of gym-goers found that 31pc of people complete four gym sessions in the same work-out clothes and let them lurk in their gym bag between visits.
The study involved surveying more than 1000 British gym-goers to determine their commitment to gym hygiene, and found that 73pc of people do not shower immediately after the gym, preferring to walk home in their gear and shower there. Almost half (43pc) of people sit around for hours before peeling off their stinky socks, while a shocking 18pc of those surveyed admitted they do not shower after the gym at all until the following morning, a statistic that might leave you shuddering at the thought.
Researchers behind the study, conducted by UK brand Showerstoyou.co.uk, warned that wearing the same stinky gym gear repeatedly is not just inconsiderate to other gym-users, but also a risk to personal wellbeing.
Bacteria flourishes on unclean skin and re-wearing your gym gear could promote breakouts on your back and bum and body rashes. Fungus also thrives in these circumstances, which could lead to a range of issues including yeast infections.
The study also warned that wearing the same gym gear over and over isn't a wise idea, considering the high bacteria levels present in most gyms. According to a recent study by the European Cleaning Journal, free weights at the gym hold over 300 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat, which of course easily transfer onto gym gear and multiply if unwashed.
Gym-users should also be conscious of their gear bag, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. In a recent experiment, more than 35pc of gym bags were infested with coliform, a dangerous bacteria which could cause serious digestive issues, UTIs, respiratory illnesses and pneumonia.