There's been a lot of talk lately about the gross germs you're exposed to at the gym, however it's important to put that information into context. Some gross things you'll find at the gym actually aren't that bad compared to items you come into contact with every day. Like your phone, keyboard, and seats, doors and railings on public transportation. Even your kitchen sponge is home to a thriving bacteria farm. It's true that studies have shown that gym equipment is covered in bacteria that can potentially make you sick, but you're also more likely to be vigilant about avoiding these germs at the gym than you are about cleaning your phone, which is filthy AF BTW.
What's more, a 2014 study published in the journal Building and Environment found that the dirtiest thing at the gym is actually the air, not the treadmills, yoga mats, or exercise balls. That's right, the dust and chemicals in the air actually pose a greater health risk than gym equipment, which means you might want to ask about a gym's ventilation system before you sign your life away to that gym membership. There are some other things at the gym that can be perceived as gross that actually aren't gross at all, like these things that get a bad rap.