Germs at the Gym: 7 Tips to Keep the Bugs Away

Interview: Dr. Mimi Secor.

Dr. Mimi Secor is Nurse Practitioner from the Boston area. She has been specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years now, is a national speaker and consultant, and is an international bestselling author of Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life At Any Age.

It’s the busiest, hustle-bustle time of the year and millions of people are traveling here and there and everywhere! Interview Dr. Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, to discuss the kinds of bacteria and virus that are commonly found at fitness facilities and how people can stay healthy.


  • The Gym is One of the Dirtiest Places You Will Visit.
    • According to FitRated (a site that reviews fitness equipment), 27 different pieces of equipment in the gym were swabbed and the results were shocking:
    • Free weights have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat (when was the last time you’ve seen anyone wash down the barbells?).
    • The treadmill has 74 times more bacteria than an average washroom faucet.
    • 50% of the bacteria can cause pneumonia, septicemia, and skin infections.
    • 30% of the bacteria was found to be largely resistant to antibiotics!

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