If you’re like me, then the gym is a place that you frequent. All of us want to make sure that we smell good after our workout; especially when we either don’t have time or don’t have access to a facility to take another shower!
So, in this blog post, I will give 5 helpful tips on how you can smell fresh even after a workout at your gym.
So, let’s get started!
Tip 1 – Wear Light and Breathable Clothes Meant for the Gym
The first tip is to make sure that you wear light and breathable clothes at the gym.
When you are at the gym, you are more likely to carry out regular to high-intensity workouts which produce body heat and sweat.
The reason why body odor occurs is that sweat is not able to evaporate from the skin and clothing into the air. The trapped sweat contains bacteria, which over time, results in bad body odor.
Thus, when visiting the gym, you want to avoid clothing material that absorbs sweat or is not breathable. Non-breathable clothing will produce more heat, which in turn will lead to producing more sweat and an inefficient workout.
If you are wondering what type of clothing you should be wearing, then go for clothing made from spandex, poly-dri, or nylon material. These are great at keeping your body dry and best suited for gym wear!
Cotton is one of the worst materials to wear while exercising [source]. It absorbs moisture incredibly quickly, which can make a high-intensity workout feel like you’re swimming in sweat and cause further skin irritation after leaving the gym.
Likewise, polyester material is also best avoided for gym activities. Although slightly better than cotton, clothing made from polyester is not at all breathable.
Lastly, avoid clothing that is too tight on your body as this will make you overheat and sweat more profusely than normal. Loose-fitting clothes allow air to circulate freely in order to keep the wearer cool during a workout session.
If tight-fit is your choice, then you want to make sure that any tight-fitting clothing is made of moisture-wicking fabric. Meaning, the sweat is brought to the surface of the fabric from where it can easily evaporate.
Tip 2 – Take Some Time to Cool Down!
If you’ve had a heavy workout session at the gym, you are more likely to sweat a lot!
So, make sure you take some time after the workout to cool down and relax.
One thing to note is that some of us might consider doing a few stretches after our workout and consider that as a cool down period.
While stretching exercises do help your body warm up and cool down before and after a workout session respectively, but these don’t particularly help decrease the amount of heat produced and subsequently the temperature of your body.
As you might be aware, our body produces sweat as a coping mechanism to cool down our body.
Therefore, it is important to set aside 10 to 15 minutes of a cooling down period after the workout session (and your stretches) is completed. This will allow your skin is to cool as well. If not, then will lead in an increase in perspiration and consequently body odor.
So make sure to take sufficient amount of time to cool down after your workout session.
Tip 3 – Carry Some Wet Wipes for Quick Touch-ups
If you don’t have time for a shower or perhaps don’t have a shower facility at your gym, wet wipes can be god-sent!
Keep a pack of wet wipes in your gym bag, and at the end of the session, make sure that you are wiping off your face, hands, and underarms. You can also use wet wipes in any other parts of the body that sweat a lot.
The right time to use the wet wipes would be after the session, but before you change into a fresh pair of clothing.
That brings me to the next tip!
Tip 4 – Change into a Clean Pair of Clothes (Even if You Don’t Shower)
This tip might seem a little obvious, but a lot of us might avoid changing clothes as this can save some precious time.
However, if you want to make sure that you smell good after a gym session, then you surely can not afford to skip this step!
Most often, when we precipitate, the sweat gets absorbed by our clothes leaving a dwelling ground for bacteria and other microorganisms that lead to a foul smell.
Even if you are choosing to go with moisture-wicking fabric, it does reduce the chances of sweat depositing in the clothes as this fabric is designed to bring the sweat to the surface of the material so that it can evaporate. However, some sweat still remains on the surface of the fabric. Thus, although the odor is drastically reduced, you won’t necessarily smell good.
The best option is to change into a clean pair of clothes after a workout session. This can not only avoid body odor, but it will also make you feel fresh! And, you don’t have to worry if you haven’t really taken a shower. That’s totally fine!
As long as you have you have used clothes that are made of fabric that are specially designed for workouts, simply changing a pair of clothes will make a huge as most of the sweat would have escaped from your body and either evaporated or deposited on your clothing (as we learned above).
So, make sure that you carry a fresh clean pair of clothes in your gym bag before heading to the gym.
Tip 5 – Carry an Antiperspirant
And finally, another thing you can do to prevent body odor is to use a deodorant.
There are many types of deodorants available, so be sure to choose the one that best suits your needs and lifestyle. For example, if you work out daily then it would make sense for you to invest in a high-performance antiperspirant with odor protection.
Make sure that you go with antiperspirants instead of other forms of deodorants. Antiperspirants have a special quality that will prevent excessive sweating in the first place; thereby leading to a significant decrease in body odor.
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You can also use perfumes to make you smell good and prevent body odor. A number of people swear by spraying a little perfume on their clothes or other products before going into the gym, which will help mask any underlying odors that might be present at the time.
Additionally, if you choose to use perfume, make sure that you choose one with citrus notes or other light scents to avoid becoming overpowered by heavier fragrances while exercising.
The key to a successful workout is being able to focus on the task at hand, so if you’re worried about how your body smells then it will be difficult for you to exercise properly. So keep yourself clean and smell great with these helpful tips!
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