Many of us experience gym anxiety and what can make this worse? Sweat patches. Whilst the amount you sweat is down to your workout intensity and genetics, there are certain steps you can take to minimise those dreaded sweat patches.
In this blog post we will discuss 5 ways to prevent sweat patches in the gym!
So, what creates sweat patches? It is caused by the darkening of the fabric once it becomes wet, whilst its would be almost impossible to find a fabric that doesn't change colour when it's wet, you can minimize this by considering the colour, fabric and style.
Consider wearing darker colours
Darker colours usually show the contrast of the wet fabric less so it's best to go for black or dark colours.
Consider wearing loose clothes
If you are a leggings lover, this probably wouldn't be an option for your bottom half. However, you can prevent sweat patches on your top half by wear a baggy t-shirt or anything oversized. This will give the area room to dry without making your clothes damp!
Choose thicker fabrics
Thicker fabrics will absorb a lot more moisture than thin fabrics, therefore taking a lot more sweat before showing a mark. Our Shape fabric is quite sweat wicking due to the nature of the thick, breathable fabric.
Change your underwear
There's nothing worse for your gym anxiety than having a butt sweat patch. The best way to avoid this is to wear cotton underwear. Cotton is a lot more absorbent than other materials such as nylon and it will help to wick the sweat away from your body.
Wear a sports bra
A good quality sports bra will not only support you during your workout but it will also help to absorb any sweat. Choose breathable clothes Wearing anything that will cause you to not release heat efficiently will in turn lead to you sweating more. This doesn't mean you have to wear shorts and a short sleeve top, you could wear a long sleeve top and leggings as long as the fabrics are breathable.
Antiperspirant helps to reduce the amount of sweat your body produces, therefore it will help to reduce the amount of sweat that your clothes will absorb. Be sure to apply it before you get dressed so that it has time to work its magic!
Consider the style of leggings
By wearing certain styles of leggings you could create the illusion of less sweat patches. For example, choosing a highly contoured legging will mask any sweat marks as it would blend in. Whereas seamless leggings with no detailing on the back wouldn't hide the sweat as much.
If you follow these simple tips, you'll be sure to avoid any embarrassing sweat patches in the gym! Just remember that everyone sweats, so don't let it stop you from getting your workout in.
What other tips do you have for avoiding sweat patches? Let us know in the comments below!