Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, we all know that as we age, we need not neglect out workout regimen. Personally, I try and make it to the gym every other day. That seems to be a good way to keep my metabolism in check while allowing my body to recuperate from a day of cardio and weights. Given the fact that many of us workout frequently and invest in quality workout clothes here are some tips to help make you clothes last longer, even if you are traveling.
1. Hang your clothes up as soon as you can
Hang your clothes or lay them flat on the bathroom counter when you return to your hotel room. If you just throw them in the bag with other dirty clothes all sweaty than can accumulate mold and mildew.
2. Turn your clothes inside out
Turning your clothes inside out will keep the colors bright and of course the dead cells are on the inside, not the outside.
3. Wash in cold water
Elastic and heat do not go together at all! Make sure to always wash workout clothes in cold water.
4. Hand wash your sports bras
As you don’t put your regular bras in the dryer, don’t put your sports bras in there either as this can warp their shape and even break down the material.
5. Use half the soap
Because of the sweat-wicking fabric, you need to make sure the solution successfully penetrates the fibers of clothing. More suds will just get in the way of your cleanser doing its thing.
6. Nix the fabric softener
Park of the reason workout gear costs more is the special moisture wicking fabric. Fabric softener embeds itself in the fabric and prevents the clothes from stopping moisture buildup. So, hooray for you if you are traveling and don’t have easy access to a dryer.
7. Air dry
Again, elastic and heat do NOT go together. So hang your clothes up when they are dry. If you are traveling you can lay them across the shower rod to air dry if you’ve washed them in your sink.