Hellooooo :D HAPPY ThurYAY!!
How are you doing? Are you crushing your fitness goal(s) this week?! I hope so!!! If not, shoot for a few sweat sessions before the weekend! Your body will be glad you did!! You got this :D
This afternoon I took my gym bag from the car and cleaned it out. It feels a load lighter (lol) and it's ready for my next workout at the gym! I feel organized and motivated!! That said, today's post is how to clean a few of your workout essentials. Do you ever think to clean them? Some people do but others don't think to do it!! Minimize wear and tear on often overlooked essentials with a few easy steps. Keep reading ;)
- Gym Bag
Traveling from the stuffy locker to the mucky gym floor (lol), your bag gets its own kind of workout. If your bag's machine washable and starts to smell, toss that baby in for a quick clean. If not, give it a soapy sponge bath using a teaspoon of detergent once a week and air-dry. Between washes, keep bacteria at bay by wiping off the exterior and interior with disinfectant wipes and removing sweaty clothes as soon as you can.
- Fitness Tracker
Are you so religious with tracking every single step that you never take your gadget off? Not even after a very sweat-drenching routine?! Neglecting to scrub down your tracker turns it into an ideal environment for bacteria. Yikes :D Wipe off the band between workouts with isopropyl alcohol.
I use earbuds, don't you? Do you ever think to clean them?! Dirty buds can cause lackluster sound. So if yours go from "wow" to "whomp, whomp, whomp," they may be filled with earwax. Yuck...lol! Remove any gunk stuck in the holes with a toothpick then wipe them with a tissue or microfiber cloth dampened with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Make sure the cloth isn't dripping ;)
- Yoga Mat
Surface-clean your mat after each use with an all-natural 50/50 solution of water and organic apple cider vinegar to slow the rubber's breakdown and keep the mat grippy. Air-dry in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
- Running Shoes and Trainers
Think twice before treating your expensive shoes like your kid's muddy sneakers and tossing them into the wash. I recommend removing mud or dirt with an old toothbrush and regular detergent. If your trainers are mesh or knit, they're safe to machine-wash BUT not machine-dry. Stuff them with newspaper to help keep their shape while they air-dry.
You'll find it easier to go to the gym if you lay out your workout clothes and gym bag the night before. That way, when the alarm goes off, you're good to go :)
Do you have an easy care tip that helps your fitness favorites last?! If so, bring it on :D
Have a FITastic weekend! I'll see you right back here on Monday!! Bye!!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist