Grooming for Fitness

It is equally important to look your best when you step off the treadmill. If you work out before the office or at lunchtime, your post-gym grooming regime is the only thing that can save you from returning to work a crumpled, sweaty mess. So here’s a head-to-toe guide to ensure your form is as good outside the gym as it is on the squat rack.

Gym Wear

Have the right gym wear with you as you might not want to exercise in your office clothes or nightwear. Choose the gym wear carefully. It would be good if it is stretchable. It will help you in stretching and exercising without tearing your clothes.

Shoes

Always opt for sports shoes for gyming or any fitness program as it will help you keep your feet free. Avoid heels or any other stylish shoes.

Shower

When you hit the shower, you don’t have to endure an icy blast of cold water to cool off. Pack a mint or menthol shower gel. Just like chilli is naturally hot, mint naturally cools, even when it’s on your skin rather than inside your mouth. It is also important to ensure you don’t immediately start sweating into your work clothes when you’ve dried off.

Hair
Sweat increases the rate at which your skin regenerates and flakes away. To avoid dandruffs on your newly-broadened shoulders, include an anti-dandruff shampoo into your routine. If you get out of the shower and you’re still overheating, remember that most of that heat will escape from your head. You just have to let it. That means no thick, clumpy hair products.

Face

After your workout your facial skin also needs certain amount of care as your rest of the body. Tackle redness, unsightly blotches and general sensitivity with a soothing cleanser. Your skin will also have dried out so pack a moisturizer.

Armpits
After a thorough wash to remove some of the malodorous bacteria causing a stench in your pits, spritz yourself dry. You’ll need a deodorant or antiperspirant that is alcohol free to avoid irritation.

Everywhere
The trouble with sweat, beyond the obvious sting to the nostrils, is that it takes moisture away from your skin. Keep it energized. As well as your face and body, use moisturizer on your hands and you might even skip the calluses that come with weight training. Although, they are badges of pride for lifters so we’ll leave that one to you.

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