Despite the high price tag, we expect our gear to last long through our intense activities and the acidic, sometimes unpleasant sweat.
Most of us set a budget aside when it comes to our fitness wear. Fitness Clothing doesn’t come cheap, and it’s probably a good idea not to use price as the only criteria when buying your workout clothes. Despite the high price tag, we expect our gear to last long through our intense activities and acidic, sometimes unpleasant sweat.
So here are some tips to keep your fitness gear looking just as good as when you first bought them from the store:
1. Caring for your clothes:
The most Important question to ask is: What type of fabric is this outfit?
The answer is right on the tag and is not just one answer. Most fitness clothing is made up of more than one type of fiber. Fibers make up the fabric. It usually says something like 70% polyester and 30% cotton. If you find terms that you just can’t decipher, google them.
The problems you may face:
Hot water shrinks most fabrics. Wool and heat are not friends, and it loses shape if manipulated while wet. Try not to rub it against itself; the fabric will felt. Cotton also shrinks on hot water. Polyester, Nylon and are easily washed and will usually not shrink.
Clothing fabric is dyed to give them the desired colors we love so much. (Most clothing is chemically dyed). UVB sun rays fade away dyes, especially in cotton and wool. Synthetic fiber are more resistant to sunrays, especially Nylon and polyester (not so with polypropelene). Fabrics are coated with a special finishing to prevent fading. Repetitive washing and chemical detergents usually wash of this layer making the fabric less resistant to color fades.
Your skin cells rub off on the clothes that you wear. Bacteria feeds on these. Sweat makes the ideal environment for bacteria to multiply providing dampens and the right acidity. Many of us are guilty of shoving our post workout damp clothes immediately in the gym bag and keeping them there for some time before washing them. All this adds to an already stinky situation.
2. Caring for your sports shoes:
Ahh. The build up of sweat and humidity. Let me make sure you are always wearing your shoes with socks. These absorb sweat from your feet and prevent damping of the material. Make sure your use the right shoe for the right sport. Outdoor activities need heavy duty materials.
Also, this is one gear where quality pays. You need to make sure you have the right material/right shoes. Mesh fabric allows breathability and GORE TEX (usually used in shoes) wick sweat away from your skin.
3. Caring for your gloves:
Gloves provide the ideal medium to breed bacteria: Your own skin and sweat, and the surfaces of machines and weights, which are contaminated by other people’s sweat and shed skin.
4. Caring for your mat:
Your Yoga mat, as resistant as it may be, handles much of your skin cells, sweat, oily and bacteria prone parts of your body like your forehead and the soles of your feet. Sometimes, other people may use your mat as well.
5. Caring for your sports bottle:
There are many reasons your sports bottle smells after some time, for instance, the material that t’s made of (stainless steel vs plastic). Also, the bacteria from your mouth often feed on the protein powder or fruit juices inside the bottle causing a foul smell.