Healthier Me: "Friends Don't Let Friends Wear Cotton"
"Friends don't let friends wear cotton"... it started out as a joke, but the fitness experts at the Sanford Power Center say it is an important piece of advice.
Cotton may be the fabric of our lives, but the experts say it is not the best material to work out in. Cotton is breathable, which means it won't make you sweat more. It's also somewhat absorbent, so can soak up some sweat. But, while it can absorb sweat, it isn't built to wick the sweat away, leaving you with a sticky sensation.
Trainers say while the "wicking" factor isn't necessarily high tech -- but it can make a big difference in your workout. "Wicking" means it pulls the sweat and moisture away from your skin and into the fabric. The clothing will keep you cooler and drier, which is a good thing, especially if you are running for several miles!
Sanford Power Exercise SpecialistKendall Railing says, "it's often been said, friends don't let friends wear cotton." He adds, "we joke about it." He says it just holds the sweat in. I doesn't allow the heat to escape and it sticks and becomes uncomfortable.
The cotton comfort factor also comes into play with your socks. A soggy foot could become an unhealthunhealthyBlisters, corns, irritations, infections, athlete's foot - all of these can happen from bad fitting socks made of the incorrect materials.
Trainers are not suggesting you have to throw out all of your clothes and start over, but they recommend you start trading in some wicking pieces. And, they are everywhere now. You dont't havdon'tuy name brand to get the benefits.