Workout clothes can be bad for your health

Clothes that we use for working out have come a long way from the sweat-stained jogging suits of the 1980s. Nowadays workout clothes are form-fitting, multi-colored, and attractive.

To the point where these days most people don’t mind taking care of their errands while wearing their gym attire and we’re often seeing celebrities on the news who have hit the gym and then popped into Dairy Queen for a snack.



But, wearing your workout clothes the whole day may have a bad influence on your health. The dwindling habit of changing immediately after your exercising session, unfortunately, is having some unpleasant outcomes.


For example, the tight fabric use for yoga pants is frequently linked to many skin conditions. Lauren Ploch, a dermatologist, said that she had seen issues like irritation and bacterial infections as a result of excessive wear. In other words, people are hitting the gym, getting all sweaty and then keeping those clothes on too long and doing this can cause issues.



Many modern and stylish designs for workout clothes don’t allow your sweat to escape but just absorb it keeping you moist. That’s why the lack of circulation and moisture can result in intertrigo or rough and itchy patches in skin folds, fungal infections, like tinea cruris, or folliculitis, an infection of hair follicles. Also, workout clothes may promote inflammation on the rear end or the back, which causes acne breakouts.



So, what’s the solution? Do you need to stop working out? Well, of course, that’s not the answer. Many experts recommend taking a shower no longer than one hour after the training session.

If you know that you’ll be longer, make sure you change out of your sweaty clothes and make sure to keep them separated in your bag and get them in the wash as soon as you can.



Unfortunately, not all exercise gear problems are solvable with water and soap. Compression clothing, used in athletics for muscle soreness relief or performance enhancement, can affect the body in other ways.


Excessively tight shorts can cause a nerve condition called meralgia paresthetica. It’s typically seen in people with quick weight gain, and it’s causing numbness or tingling in the thighs. The best way to avoid it, it’s to restrict the use of tight clothing to short durations.



But, there are those people who find the problem to be more outdoors in nature. If you’re one of them, try ditching polyester. It seems that bacteria enjoys hanging out on polyester more than cotton. So, the next time you by your workout clothes, make sure you read the label for the material.



Whatever you do, don’t stop working out and spending time sweating your body. Exercising benefits your body and mind more than you can imagine. But, in the process of working out and sweating, you have to make sure to keep your clothes and body fresh and clean.


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tomi-stojanovik is one of the authors writing for Outdoor Revival