Are You Making This Serious Post-Workout Mistake?
If you are like most of the women in the world, you probably have a super-comfortable pair of workout trousers. You put them on every time you are doing any form of fitness, and no matter how much weight you lose, you still cling to the old, comfortable favourites. These trousers are so very snuggly and comfortable that you wish you could wear them all the time – to business meetings or on a night out. Since that is not really considered socially acceptable, for now you have to settle for wearing them to the gym. After your workout, you will be extremely tempted to keep them on for hours afterwards, to stay cosy and comfortable.
If you want to protect your wellness and wellbeing, however, then you should take off your workout clothes and shower as soon as you can. Keeping your workout clothes on when you have finished exercising is really bad for your health, as it can cause yeast infections (in much the same way that keeping a wet bathing suit on for too long can). This is the case no matter where you exercise, whether that’s in a warm and comfortable gym or outside in the cold – both of these are bad for you, as it’s the general dampness of any workout (and the sweaty undergarments) which cause infections.
The best advice we can give is to take a shower as soon as you finish working out. This is even more important if you have been working out in the open air and have any allergies, such as hay, grass or pollen, as these stick to your hair and clothes when you are out and about.
If you know for sure that you haven’t got time to have a shower afterwards (if you have to do errands or something) then at least make sure that the clothes you work out in are made from synthetic materials that are designed to keep the sweat away from your body.