Should You Be Washing Your Leggings After Every Workout Or Not?

We’ve all been there: You’re running late to work, realize you’re taking a class later that day, and quickly shove the closest pair of workout clothes—clean or not—into your bag. When you’re sweating through those lunges and burpees that night, you remember these were the same leggings you wore to power through last night’s HIIT session. Ew, right? Should you wash your leggings after every workout? Do they smell? Are other people noticing? Come to think of it, how often should I wash these things? And does it matter if I’m wearing them to a cardio class rather than a more relaxed hour of yoga? Jeans can handle a few wears before needing some suds, but I’m not sweating furiously in my jeans like I do in my leggings. Do your body (and your fellow workout partners) a favor and read up on how often you should really wash your leggings. Not to scare you, but there’s a lot the eye can’t see when it comes to what’s living in your workout clothes. Yes, um, living. …

The Best Reflective Running Gear for Late Night Workouts

Game of Thrones has been warning us for a while: winter is coming (and in some places, it’s already here). In addition to being tempted away from our workout routine with dozens of holiday parties, this season means that it gets darker earlier–definitely not ideal for after work runs. That doesn’t mean you have to stop being a road warrior for the next few months, just make sure you’re glowing to stand out of the pack. Here is some of the best reflective running gear out there. Grab some for yourself and snag some for your most health-obsessed bestie. Nathan Streak Reflective Vest  If you definitely don’t want to be overlooked while out jogging, then throw on this visibility vest over your favorite workout outfit. This vest provides visibility from 1,200 feet away, which means someone driving way down the road will spot you right away without much work. You’re not here to play games, you’re here to listen to your Kanye uninterrupted while banging out a few miles.Buy it now: Nathan Streak Reflective Vest, $24 LED …

Your Winter Layering Guide

Nothing brings on a full wardrobe crisis like trying to dress for a workout class during the winter months. Sure, you could just throw your winter coat over your fitness threads and call it a day. That is, if you’ve got a bottomless budget for dry cleaning that thing so that it doesn’t start to stink—or precious free time to wash it on your own. Of course, that approach doesn’t really work when you’re craving an outdoor workout. The winter layering guide So how can you dress for a workout without freezing on your way to class or sweating through all of your layers (and spending an extra five minutes stripping down before class starts)? Fear not, fitness enthusiasts. With the right materials and some know-how, it’s possible to strategically and simply layer your workout clothes in a way that keeps you warm and dry. Here is your ultimate guide to sweat-proof layering. The person sitting next to you on your commute home will thank us. Layer the light with the heavy When you’re getting ready …

Here’s When to Throw Out or Replace Your Workout Gear

If you love to work out, you know how important your activewear is. Finding the right fit, deciding if it’s supportive enough, and choosing the right colors and patterns can be an endeavor. And after putting that much work into creating the perfect workout wardrobe, we should be set for life, right? Unfortunately, no. Just like anything we own, our activewear and workout gear has a lifespan. And after a certain period of time, extensive use can begin to wear on it, making it no longer as effective as it used to be. While the thought of parting with our favorite sneakers or our sports bra from our college track team days may seem unbearable, holding on to it can have a negative impact on your workout. Signs you should throw out your activewear So while it can be tough to say goodbye to your favorite activewear, giving your workout wardrobe a refresh can help your comfort, safety and overall performance. But how do you know it’s time to replace your workout gear? Here are …