It's tempting. You've just finished up an intense session at the gym or biked that 25 miles, and instead of taking a shower and changing into some clean clothes, you decide to just stay in your workout clothes.
They may look good on you are comfortable, and it's not like there aren't people doing errands or picking up the kids in their athleisure wear. But the problem is that constantly wearing workout clothes such as yoga pants, leggings, and other athletic apparel can lead to some icky and unpleasant side effects.
Because workout wear is often tighter fighting, it has a tendency to hold warmth and moisture in. The body then becomes the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and flourish — a living Petri dish for microbes and organisms.
1. Bacterial infections of the hair follicles
These infections can go from bad to worse pretty quickly and can be caused from the follicles rubbing against clothing or shaving. The first is Folliculitis, a superficial infection of a single hair follicle that looks like a bunch of small red bumps or white-head pimples, which can spread and turn into non-healing crusty sores.
Next, there are Furuncles/Boils, deeper infections of the hair follicle that look like a red, raised bumps on your skin but can rupture and weep fluid (gross). If you have a number of boils, you get a Carbuncle, which is deeper and more severe than the rest.
2. Fungal infections
3. Vaginitis and vaginal infections
You know when you've got one because of the pain, itch, and funky smell. What's extra special is you can have more than one at any given time. Make sure it's breathable down there and you might be able to avoid them.
This is a very common inflammatory condition that affects areas of the skin that are in contact with each other, such as the groin, armpits, under the breasts and any skin folds. It's caused by frictional rubbing, increased temperature, moisture and is complicated by various microorganisms.
You can avoid these thoroughly unpleasant infections by wearing moisture-wicking, material designed to draw the moisture away from the body, while working out, showering and changing into clean, loose-fitting clothing after you've done your 5k or hiked that hill.
Also, always remember to breathe ... everywhere.