Remember rule #1, never dressing up for the gym? Well, while I’m not saying that you should purposely “dress” or MATCH your outfit for the gym, I’ve decided that I should be a bit more specific. I failed to tell you that what you’re wearing underneath may indeed require some thought and effort. Serious question, ladies… What’s your favorite type of underwear to run and work out in?
I got online to do a little research. From what I found, the first few replies to this question all suggested compression shorts and/or shorts with liners (and no undies!) But with a closer look… I realized that these responses were all from men. Well, we KNOW that we’re different than boys “down there.” So are compression shorts and/or shorts with liners really the best option for ladies? What are our options?
For those of you who aren’t interested in showing off a double-butt or even panty lines, you might consider wearing a thong to the gym. No, no, no, no, NO! Sure, you won’t have to worry about getting a wedgie, but think about the open road that your creating for bacteria to travel on… A small piece of fabric moving back and forth as you sweat and run… Need I say more?
Cotton underwear fits more loosely and breathes more easily, so you’re lowering your risk of infection. But comfortable? Not so much. A lot of runners say (and I also speak from experience) that cotton undies just don’t stay in place. Since it’s looser, it’s more than likely going to ride up your behind.
Thinking about comfort? What about nylon panties? Sounds comfortable being “barely there,” but is nylon the right type of material for the gym? Probably not. Unless… it’s moisture-resistant! Nylon/spandex blends specifically have shown potential to reduce chafe and moisture. (So if we’re keeping track of points here, nylon/spandex are out in front).
Going “commando,” or wearing no underwear certainly gives you some space to breathe. However, some of you may be thinking that this is NOT even an option. If this is you… Hear me out. You might want to try compression shorts and/or shorts with liners before completely crossing this option off the list.
Want to read more? Check out this article on Livestrong.com.
So tell us, ladies, what do you wear? Join in the discussion @20sTweet!