You work very hard to stay in shape. You are out there day in and day out busting it to look and feel your very best. So, when you invest in slim, well-fitted workout gear, you want it to compliment the shape you have worked so hard to achieve.
Have you found that despite a hearty investment in top-notch moisture-wicking, stretchy fabrics, your fabulous stretchy pants are a little too stretchy? Did your size 6 become a size 12 after a few months or a year? If you answered yes, I have good news and bad news.
The good news is, I can help you save your recent and future purchases from the same fate. The bad news is that it involves a little extra diligence.
I know it is the easiest thing in the world to strip down after a hard, sweaty workout and toss your workout clothes into the dirty clothes hamper without a thought. Then, when laundry time comes around, you (or your spouse) separate the whites from the colors and on goes the laundry cycle. Trouble arrives when it comes time to toss all those clothes in the dryer – you need to separate out your stretchy, spandex, moisture-wicking shirts, tanks, shorts, pants and crops. Heat is no friend of stretchy material. Washing your stretchy fabrics in hot water and/or tossing them in the dryer breaks down the bounce back effect of stretchy material and will turn your perfectly-sized pants into something worthy of a weight loss ad.
It’s an extra step, but it must be done: separate your stretchy workout clothes to hang dry. The dryer does the most damage, but I would recommend a gentle, cold wash cycle as well and use a mesh bag, if possible. This will maximize the life of this type of clothing.
Keep your stretchy jeans and leggings out of the dryer as well to keep them in tip-top, form-fitting shape.