BOSTON (CBS) — Finding the motivation to get to the gym is hard enough, and this new study certainly won’t help.

Tests by Fitrated, a fitness equipment review site, revealed that the equipment at the gym can be a lot dirtier than other everyday items.

Exercise bikes had an average of 39 times more bacteria than a cafeteria tray. Treadmills contained about 74 times more germs than a public bathroom sink. And this finding will have you running for the hand sanitizer: Free weights were found to have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

Comparing germs at the gym to everyday items. (Image credit Fitrated)

Comparing germs at the gym to everyday items. (Image credit Fitrated)

“Considering the sheer number of people who touch gym equipment in a facility during any given day, it should come as no surprise that the surfaces are less than spotless,” Fitrated says.

Gym-goers are advised to disinfect equipment before and after they use them, and washing your hands after a workout is always a good idea.

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