Thanks to Women’s Health
for these ofter overlooked health and fitness tips
If you’re like 99.99% of women in America, you probably own an amazingly comfy pair of workout pants. These tights or capris are so wonderful, in fact, that you wish you could wear them to work, but since you’re not looking to have an HR meeting anytime soon, you settle for wearing them to work out. And then, you know, for 3 hours after your workout, because they’re so comfy that YOU CANNOT TAKE THEM OFF. EVER.
Well, hate to burst your bubble, but not showering right away, a.k.a. keeping your workout clothes on after you exercise for as long as humanly possible, is actually really bad for you—it can cause yeast infections, much like keeping on a wet bathing suit for too long, explains Trina Warren, a certified personal trainer and Pilates Instructor at AYC Health & Fitness in Kansas City. And it doesn’t even matter if you exercise inside a toasty gym or the chilly outdoors—both are bad. “It’s the overall dampness of your workout gear plus the sweaty undergarments that trigger the infections,” Warren explains.
Her advice? Take a shower immediately after your sweat session. This is extra important if you worked out outside and you have environmental allergies, like grass allergies or hay fever, because pollen (an allergen) sticks on your clothes and hair.
Or, if you know you’re going to be running errands afterward and won’t have access to a shower ASAP, at least opt for workout clothes made from synthetic fabrics that are specifically designed to get rid of sweat and keep you cooler and drier. That is, stay away from cotton—that material is the worst because it actually retains sweat and moisture, keeping you sticky and stinky for longer until you shower.
Weight Loss And Leptin Management
When the state of New York wanted to know if they were getting any bang out of the taxpayers bucks, they had Cornell University do a cost benefit study of the New York State Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).
The researchers collected data after a pre and post evaluation on 5,730 low income adults who had completed the program of six course sessions. The cost of the program was $892 per graduate.
The bottom line: after costs of the program and the costs of avoiding or delaying health care and the costs associated lost productivity, are measured against extended quality of life years (fewer health issues), the return for every dollar spent on nutritional education returned $9.58.
That’s what we’re talking about when we’re talking about playing the “Is It Healthy?” Game. 5,730 New Yorkers played for six sessions and mastered the behaviors that impacted their quality of life to the estimated tune of $49 million. That’s a dividend for all of us. I’ll take that return any day all day long. How about you?