Workout clothes can cost a bomb. Here’s how to make your activewear last longer.
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1. Invest in good pieces
Other than looking pretty, high-quality activewear should allow you to move freely, keep you dry and comfortable and withstand stretching – that is to say, they won’t rip easily. Well-made pieces may cost more at first but may help you save money in the long run.
2. Buy the right size
Speaking of size, try before you buy. A poor fit means you may need constant readjustment and the piece may shift as you exercise – the constant movement will wear the band out faster.
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3. Alternate your activewear
Don’t just stick to your favourite pieces. Put all of your activewear on rotation so they don’t become overstretched or go out of shape.
4. Do spot cleaning
Sweat stains can turn white clothes yellow and food stains will dirty all colours. As much as possible, try to get rid of a stain immediately. When done on the spot, it can require just water and definitely less tugging than if you were to do it a day later.
5. Read the care label
Always read the care label before throwing your activewear into the washing machine. Use gentle cycles if in doubt. Also, bleach can often cause damage by drying out elastics. This will cause your pieces to lose stretchiness.
6. Wash them cold
Heat releases more than dirt from clothes. It strips colour and softness too. For further protection, wash activewear in one batch or use a garment bag for delicate pieces so they do not get rubbed against harder materials like zippers, denim, or the washing machine’s drum.
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7. Use your hands
Better yet, hand wash. This applies especially to swimwear – spandex fibres are prone to damage. Use cool water as it’s gentler on your clothes and your hands.
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