Are your workout clothes slowing you down?

Posted: February 19, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health, VAULT -- archives

Right off the bat, I’m going to tell you that this post may contain way too much information to share with a public audience, and for that, I am sorry. But I care about you guys – so hopefully my embarrassment will benefit you.

When I’m at the gym, I sweat – a lot. I’ve never been one of those girls who “glisten.” Honestly, do those girls even exist? If you’re only “glistening” at the gym, you’re not doing it right. But seriously, more often than not, I look like I jumped into a swimming pool after a good workout at the gym. While I feel bad for those around me who have to witness these outrageously high levels of unattractiveness, I feel worse for my workout clothes.

The clothing you wear to the gym can make or break your workout. The way you treat those clothes can either make them want to stay around to help you out or rebel against you. Luckily, fitsugar.com has compiled a list of how to take care of your beloved spandex and tees.

Give Them A Cold Shower: Technical fabrics (like spandex) benefit most from a cold washing. Don’t worry about hand washing those clothes either. Just pop them into the washing machine and you’re good to go.

Stay Away from Bleach and Fabric Softeners: I really hope none of you are using bleach anything other than your whites, and as for fabric softeners –  they can coat the fibers of your workout clothes and can make it difficult for those fibers to perform their workout duties like managing moisture and regulating body temperature.

Tumble Dry if You Must: The fitsugar experts agree that it’s perfectly fine to tumble dry your workout gear on low, but hanging your workout clothes up to dry is still the best option.

Wash Immediately: Sweaty, post-workout clothes benefit most from an immediate wash. That way, stains and smells won’t have time to set. If you can’t wash your clothes immediately, hang them up to dry rather than tossing them into your laundry hamper. Clothes drenched with sweat will develop mildew pretty quickly in a dark, damp setting, such as a laundry basket.

Get Some Febreze: No, I’m not talking about that stuff you can spray anywhere and everywhere. Tide makes a new sport clothing detergent that employs Febreze to help with your workout stench.

If your clothes are past the point of no return, just give up on them. They had a good life. And what’s a better excuse for buying new clothes than literally having nothing to wear to the gym?

—Amber Brenza

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