By: Demitria Lyles
Sweating is our body’s way of staying cool, releasing unwanted toxins, and let’s be honest, it can be an indicator of hard work during a workout!
We all have our favorite workout shirt. An old, grungy T-shirt that was accidentally thrown in the with white laundry load, causing it to get spots of bleach on it does the trick.
Have you ever felt a few pounds heavier after a workout, instead of a few pounds lighter? Consider the fact that you may be wearing a cotton T-shirt. Cotton is said to be the most common fabric used for clothing and we can all admit that it is pretty soft. Though cotton can be very common to wear during a workout, it may not be the most sweat-friendly thing to wear during and especially afterwards. Cotton makes that hard-work indicator stick with you until the very end by absorbing (not evaporating) that sweat and making you feel much hotter than you should.
“Clothing containing polypropylene or fabrics such as COOLMAX and SUPPLEX are a good choice for exercise and other activities in which you are likely to sweat a lot, as they will allow the sweat to be evaporated from the skin but do not soak clothing and leave you feeling sweaty and uncomfortable,” says Diana Rodriguez of Everyday Health.
So, instead of throwing on the old cotton T-shirt, try wearing a shirt that you can breathe in before and after your workout. You will still work just as hard, sweat just as much, and feel even better when you’re done!