Nearly 80 percent of women exercise regularly, yet as many as one-third of these women mistakenly wear their sweat-soaked clothes for as long as an hour following a workout, according to a new survey by Harris Interactive for the Vagisil Women’s Health Center.
“Appropriate workout attire, along with physical activity and proper hygiene, all play a big part in creating a healthy lifestyle,” said Mari Winsor, celebrity Pilates trainer and feminine fitness consultant to the Vagisil Women’s Health Center. “Women should change clothes immediately after a workout. Even if they are only in the car for 15 minutes, that is still 15 minutes too long when it comes to proper feminine hygiene.”
Gear up! According to the survey, 56 percent of women are not wearing the right attire when working out. “This may create a potential situation for vaginal irritation, itch, and infection,” said Dr. Adelaide Nardone, an avid runner, and board-certified gynecologist. When working out, don’t wear clothing that traps moisture, such as spandex, jeans, or wind pants or shorts. Wearing tight pants or underwear can restrict ventilation and lead to vaginal infection.
Don’t overlook good hygiene. Sixty-eight percent of women are unaware of the connection between physical activity and its effect on vaginal health. With the excess perspiration and moisture generated from a workout routine, women should shower immediately. Keep this in mind when working out so you can keep your genitals healthy and enjoy your best health.