Summer is coming and you are starting to sweat… more. In the gym, we tend to sweat a little more and our gym clothes can become let’s say, a little musty. Being a full-time person, you may not have time to do laundry and according to a family and consumer science teacher I knew in high school, it is socially accepted to wear your clothes more than once a week. That being said, before you put those old gym clothes back on you might want to think twice.
Quenby Erickson, DO, board-certified dermatologist of Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology Laser & Medspa in Chicago, told Fox News. “The main problem with re-using previously sweaty gym clothes is that the combination of the sweat, dead skin cells and bacteria becomes a cauldron of mildew and bacteria growth that have time to grow and can transfer back to your skin,” she said.
I know what your thinking, it can’t be that bad right? Well, according to Quenby, it is. In the article, she mentions MRSA, if you don’t know what MRSA is, lucky you.Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus a.k.a MRSA is an infection caused by a type of staph bacteria. Scary stuff indeed. If you would like to read up on that be sure to click the links provided. So why would I mention MRSA? It is said that it can live in your dirty sweaty gym clothes. Think about that the next time you put on dirty gym clothes. Even though the possibility is very slim, even the slightest possibility merits washing your clothes.
So, be sure to wash those clothes before you wear them to the gym. I would hate to see you get sick and miss out on your chance of making gains until you recover. Everyone, stay Heathy!