Health & Fitness

By Amy Carroll

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From classic racerback tanks and bras, to motivational Ts and super comfortable yoga mats, we recently took a look at few products we sweat in and on — and how to keep them clean and high performing.

 

Nike NSW Dip Dye Tank and Nike Pro Indy Bra from SIX:02 Nike NSW Dip Dye Tank and Nike Pro Indy Bra from SIX:02

A few basics: We found these fun Nike racerback tanks and bras at fitness fashion boutique SIX:02. The 100% cotton dip-dye tank comes in four groovy colors, and you can find their Dri-FIT technology low-impact bra with mesh back and adjustable straps in 15 colors.

To stock up on basics like these, or curated brands like Lime and Vine, shop SIX02.com or at their flagship store at 112 W 34th Street in the heart of Herald Square.

 

Sweat activated textile tech in Ts and tanks from ViewSPORT Sweat activated textile tech in Ts and tanks from ViewSPORT

Science + motivation: With technology inspired by the company’s founder during his chem-major college days, these Ts and tanks from ViewSPORT have motivational words and images that are revealed after contact with moisture. You will see your sweat transform messages like DO IT, to DON’T QUIT.

Any events folks out there looking to splash their brand message? Your next event SWAG bags will be crying out to be filled with these Ts! The same for holiday shoppers looking for stocking stuffers. Stock up on all the motivation at viewSPORT.us.

Portable MobileMats Portable MobileMats

Just enough squish + support: These folding MobileMats from WellnessMats have turned our heads. You’ll maybe need a little muscle to lift these mats, but in a good way. They are soft, smooth, and practically undulate when you set them in place to lie flat. According to their 20-year warranty, they will never delaminate or compress. So squish on ‘em to your heart’s content.

Find this or your #ultiMATe style at wellnessmatsfitness.com.

 

#FitnessMATters at WellnessMats #FitnessMATters at WellnessMats

Does B.O. flourish in your high-tech clothes? Does a stink linger in your workout clothes, even after a good wash? According to an NPR report, researchers at Belgium’s University of Ghent found that “the bacteria that flourish on a sweaty polyester T-shirt are different from those that grow on cotton.” Is the detergents industry keeping pace?

 

"Body odor is caused when the bacteria that lives on your skin digests sweat, and that smelly bacteria is what gets trapped in fabrics . . . . Now that fabrics are made of complex, high tech materials, traditional detergents just can’t keep up." - hexperformance.com “Body odor is caused when the bacteria that lives on your skin digests sweat, and that smelly bacteria is what gets trapped in fabrics . . . . Now that fabrics are made of complex, high tech materials, traditional detergents just can’t keep up.” – hexperformance.com

With Hurrays from lovers of good hygiene and delicate noses everywhere, enter HEXInspired by nose woes with his own gear, pro lacrosse player Drew Westervelt and his company recently rose to the challenge to get the stink out. They developed detergents and gear washes designed to keep synthetic high-tech active wear and gear both clean and lasting longer. While more and more of our clothing is made with synthetic blends, Westervelt explains that many traditional detergents are playing catch-up with how to best wash these fabrics; they often include extra scent and optical brighteners – which merely mask bad smells and/or add unnecessary chemicals.

To give HEX Advanced Laundry Detergents, Free + Clear and Fresh Clean Scent the workout test, we invited college athletes to test them this summer on their sweatiest sportswear – made of a range of fabrics like polyester, Lycra, and cotton.

Katie, soccer player and runner, said, “Love it! Loved sticking my nose into my clothes that were air drying just so I could smell them. They felt rejuvenated. If clothes can feel that.” And furthermore (after a stealth intervention) reported, “My mom’s workout clothes are now super clean and we can all stand to be in the same room with her!”

 

From HEX  - Advanced Laundry Detergents, Free + Clear and Fresh Clean Scent; and On Demand+ Spray & Go From HEX  – Advanced Laundry Detergents, Free + Clear and Fresh Clean Scent; and On Demand+ Spray & Go

What about gear that doesn’t fit in the washing machine? WellnessMats recommends washing their polyurethane mats with warm water – and mild soap if needed – and a towel. Contact them for a free test sample in order to test the product with any chemicals.

While we did not test HEX’s On Demand+ Spray & Go, Amazon reviews give the spray several thumbs up on how well and easily it cleans “your shoes, helmets, yoga mats, and more.”

You can purchase HEX products at hexperformance.com and a growing number of store locations across North America. And check out HEX’s fundraising program for sports teams!

 

Synthetic textiles can take decades to break down – 20 to 200 years according to hearts.com. To help keep them out of landfills, participate in Clothes the Loop with The North Face. Synthetic textiles can take decades to break down – 20 to 200 years according to hearts.com. To help keep them out of landfills, participate in Clothes the Loop with The North Face.

A sustainable P.S. Still ready to say Peace Out to some items?  The North Face stores’ Clothes the Loop program accepts clothes and shoes of any brand and in any shape. Drop yours in a special bin at any of their locations in exchange for a $10-off coupon for future purchase.

Originally published August 2016

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