Work up a sweat without having to worry about what is going on down there. By Janice Sim
The common problem before heading into a workout, is usually our choice of skivves. While we hate showing off our visible panty line to the back of our yoga class, we also hate wedgies which usually happens when we’re wearing seamless panties to an intense HIIT sesh.
So here’s a breakdown of what you should know before getting dressed in your workout gear:
1. Leave thongs out of the equation
You might think thongs are the perfect solution to getting out of a VPL but they usually generate friction and heat while you’re exercising, leading to urinary tract infections and vaginal infections. (Also Read: 6 Ways To Cope and Deal With Urinary Tract Infection) Bacteria can be easily pooled from the back to your front, so we’re definitely giving that a veto.
2. Stay away from satin, lace, a.k.a anything that looks too overtly sexy
If you’re heading for intense cardio, for example: long distance training for a marathon, you might want to think twice before putting on fabrics like satin and lace. They aren’t breathable and will cause abrasions. Needless to say, it will be brutally painful having chaffing down there. Technical undies are always a good investment to make as they are stretchable, supportive and help keep your vaginal area drier, and less prone to odor.
3. You can go commando
Unless you’re in loose, airy running shorts, you can in fact, go sans underwear while donning on skin-tight workout bottoms. As long as they are moisture wicking and obviously clean, you won’t have to worry about bacteria transmission at all.
4. Not waxing can do you some good
While most women prefer to keep it clean down under, having pubic hair can protect your sensitive genital area especially when you’re not wearing underwear.
5. Tampons are your friends when it is that time of the month
Before resorting to granny panties for the fear of leakage and embarrassing yourself during your workout, tampons can easily help to ease the friction. Simply have a quick shower right after your exercise and all hygiene problems should be resolved.