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While cotton has tremendous benefits for everyday wear, these very benefits turn against you if you exercise in it. Clothes made of cotton have superb sweat-absorbing properties that turn a humid day into an easy-breezy delight. However, during a workout session your heart pumps faster, your body’s temperature rises and your glands secrete much more sweat than during a casual walk in the park. To keep your body cool, safe and functional it’s important for this sweat to evaporate.
Thermoregulation is the ability of an organism to keep its body temperature within certain boundaries, even when the surrounding temperature is very different. Wikipedia
In such conditions, the only means by which the body can rid itself of heat is by evaporation. Wikipedia
Cotton clothes come in the way of your body trying to thermoregulate itself. They absorb the large amounts of sweat you are throwing its way and become heavy, clingy and damp. The moisture stays absorbed, for a long time, leaving no room for your body and skin to become cool. Moreover, any damp fabric is a party ground for bacteria to grow and your skin is in direct contact with it.
Here’s why you need workout clothes made of synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon – they do no absorb moisture (so no more sweat patches!). While there are various kinds of synthetic materials used by several sports and activewear brands, it is important to look for the superiority of these blends and the technology that a brand uses. Low quality and cheap activewear can irritate the skin and cause rashes.
Moisture-wicking technology is essentially a fabric-treatment that draws sweat away from your body onto the surface of the clothes, allowing it to evaporate. The clothes don’t get drenched in sweat and dry quickly. The importance of this technology cannot be stressed upon enough as it allows your body to thermoregulate naturally and keep itself cool and safe.
Another great quality of high-end synthetic fabrics is that prints look gorgeous on them. Unlike cotton they never fade, never go out of shape and premium polyester fabrics don’t whiten upon stretching.
Since many women miss the softness that cotton leggings or track pants bring with them, we make our workout leggings with butter-soft and luxurious fabrics, which will make you rethink any negative notions you may have about synthetic materials. Our moisture-wicking technology is state-of-the-art and we have gone ahead and loaded our leggings with anti-stink, anti-bacteria and anti-pilling treatments. The stretch from waist to ankles is superb so you feel no restrictions while working out.
So go ahead and ditch those cotton workout clothes, like you would a damp towel. Embrace superior fabric blends and style them as you like!
Read more about our Fabric and Technology here.
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