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Keeping Your Activewear Fresh

Keeping Your Activewear Fresh

This is a follow up to the previous blog post on Sweat It Out. Let’s face it. After you sweat, you need to wash it out. 


It’s not just sweat that builds up in our activewear, particularly in our sports bras. But also oils that our body produces. Sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, is what is produced from our body and goes into our garments. It lubricates the skin to protect against friction so that the skin is not affected by moisture. 


When the sebum makes contact with activewear garments, it can create odors and stains.  Along with the sweat and oils that build up in activewear, other components that need to be removed include bacteria, skin cells, and salt.


Wash

Now to the work (which is not too much) on getting the build up out. 

Wash your sports bra and other activewear in cold water. Hot water breaks down synthetic fabrics, which gives your garments a shorter lifespan for function. 

The part of the garment that touches your skin should be the one receiving the most attention in the washing machine. Turn your garment inside-out to remove the build up. 

Less is best when it comes to using detergent. Due to most activewear being moisture wicking, the build up of detergent can become a problem in the washing machine as the garment is doing what it is supposed to do: absorbing moisture. When it comes time for the rinse cycle, some detergent may be left in the garment if it was too much to rinse out. 

Dry

If you must dry, use the air dryer or lowest heating setting on your dryer. Air drying is a great way to keep your sports bra and other activewear fresh and to maintain the function longer. 

Using fabric softener or dryer sheets can dull the finish of your activewear. It can also attract bacteria which leads to odor. Ditch the fabric softener for your activewear. 

Pre-Wash Hacks

If you have stains and/or odor in your activewear, you may want to consider these simple treatments before you get down and clean with the washer machine.

These do not take a lot of effort, but will require you to set aside a little extra time to renew and refresh your activewear. 

Stains

Heat from the dryer will leave stains in permanently. 

Wearing light colored apparel will make stains more apparent. Removing the sweat stain before it settles into your sports bra or activewear is the first step before washing. Using peroxide as pre-treatment before washing will keep the stains away. Do not use peroxide on dark garments or they will bleach. 

Keep these household items on hand for stain removers.

  • Hydrogen peroxide 
  • Baking soda 
  • Vinegar

DIY Stain Remover Recipes

1) Mix 1:3 peroxide to water and pour onto stain. Saturate and rub the area with soap or laundry detergent. 

2) Mix 6 tablespoons of baking soda and 1/3 cup of warm water, rub it into the stain and let it do what it does best. The baking soda will lift the stain out of the fibers. Discard the baking soda before you put the item in the washer.

3) Use white vinegar diluted with water to remove stains. The ratio for this easy stain remover treatment is 1:3 vinegar to water. Soak for 15-30 mins or even overnight depending on the stain.

With these simple care instructions, your activewear will last longer and you will feel great as you put on your fresh fabrics after a hard workout. 

Deodorize

To remove the odors that come with sweating, deodorizing is essential. You can use baking soda or white distilled vinegar to deodorize your activewear. 

1) For best deodorizing results, soak your activewear in baking soda overnight to let the magic happen. 

Baking soda saves the day again! To deodorize, add ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry in the machine.

2) White distilled vinegar is another household item to keep on hand for deodorizing. Pour ½ cup in your laundry as it is in the washer machine before you start the laundry.

A little TLC goes a long way. 

Now, after you have taken the steps to make sure your sports bra is clean, don’t just throw her in the drawer (or anywhere!). Kindly fold your sports bra (yes, she needs TLC all throughout this process). 

For maximum space in your drawer, there is a certain way to fold your sports bra. 

  • Fold the straps down, keeping them flat so as to not cause unnecessary creasing. 
  • Fold one side to the center, then fold the other side to the center. 

For padded sports bras, 

  •  fold the cups over each other to keep their form. 
  • Tuck the straps under and stack your sports bras as you would your regular bras.  

Enjoy the space you have now created in your drawer!


For the visual learners, you can watch a video here

The Misfits of Missed Fits

The Misfits of Missed Fits

Standing out is not a choice but a way of life. At least for us fuller bust women that is. Literally. There is no way around it. We show up even when we don’t want to. When we are not asked to. When we are…just being. Showing up comes with its own challenges. Not having the right apparel that fits can cause a domino effect on our self esteem and physical well being. Basically, our overall well being. 

The misfits of missed fits is not being able to find what we need and want in the retail and fashion industry, leading us to not feel included socially and physically. Think about it. When you were in high school or college (maybe as early as middle school), do you recall the frustration of not being able to fit into that top, dress, or swimsuit? Not liking how you looked if you did decide to make the purchase probably made you feel even more frustrated, dare I say, disappointed in your body. 

It’s not you. It’s them.  


But it’s not your body. It’s the industry that causes us not to fit in. It’s not us, it’s them. We are not the misfits. The industry has not considered the fit of us so that we CAN fit in. Instead, we fit into THEIR clothes. Fit into THEIR ideal looks. Fit into THEIR ideal clients. 


We are our ideal clients. From having small waists to large busts– to being full figured all around, we are here to take a stand. To stand for representation. To stand for community. To stand for fit. 

We are not their ideal; therefore, we should not settle. Opting to settle for the uncomfortable and unflattering doesn’t do us or anyone else any good. When we settle, we are only left with an unsatisfying purchase and another blow to our social circle of not being able to do what the other girls do. 

In this together.       

Well guess what? You are not alone and there are other fuller bust women who are tired of being the misfits of misfits. There is a fit waiting for you. A fit in sports bras that is. We are here to make you feel confident about how you show up in the world. We are here to celebrate you and welcome you to a community where you fit in because all of us know how it feels to be in that misfitting sports bra. 

We are changing the narrative from misfit to Miss Fit. Our Bounceless Control™ sports bra is your workout companion to help you get to your physical wellness goals. You may have given up on working out because the bounce got to you. You may not be reaching your highest physical capabilities by limiting or modifying your workouts, focusing only on the lower body to avoid dealing with the bounce. Say no more! We know all about that. Not doing what you want to do is also in the misfit category. By getting back to what you want to do physically will get you to being Miss Fit. 

There are active fuller bust women all over the world seeking to claim their space that does not involve the bounce. 

Let’s change the narrative. Let’s #livebounceless. 

The Mind+Body Connection

The Mind+Body Connection

 

 

It’s a new year and like with most years, many folks are gearing up to make working out and eating healthier a priority. But come February or March, 80% of gym goers who resolved to start the new year off working out stop going to the gym. 

Why? Let’s start with the mind. One may THINK they have their mind made up to have a physically active lifestyle by simply stating, “I’m going to make this the year that I lose weight” or “I’m going to start training for that marathon” or “I’m going to __________(fill in the blank). 

Thinking that one is ready to make changes may be due to guilt from indulging in holiday treats and feasts. There is nothing wrong with being motivated to take action after feeling guilty. It’s good to keep in mind that it is going to take more than a little guilty motivation to remain consistent.

The reality is, it takes preparation. Preparation to be consistent. Consistency to form healthy habits. Habits that lead to real results because they become a part of your daily, weekly, or monthly routines. 

Will it always be easy? No. 

Will you want to give up before you really get deep into whatever it is you are aiming for? Likely. 

But with the right mindset, you can overcome whatever it is when it gets tough on your body. 

Mindfulness

In order to overcome the barriers, let’s start with mindfulness. Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, and without judgment.

We often go throughout our day and life doing the opposite of being mindful-operating on autopilot. 

Mindfulness brings us into the awareness of our present situation. Mindfulness can come with the practice of meditation, or simply taking moments out of the day to focus on your breathing. 

When mindfulness is put into practice, the preparation has started. 

Preparation

Why do I need to prepare for something I already know how to do?

Well, we often find ourselves able to physically do something but then one day, we wake up and don’t feel like doing it. This is a great time to check in with yourself and see why you are not feeling it that particular day. 

There should be a plan in place when those days come, to keep you going. What are you going to tell yourself? Are you going to still commit to being physically active even when you don’t feel like it? Are you going to modify your activity? 

Mentally having a plan in place can help you combat those days of not being motivated. This can look like having a daily affirmation, meditating, and being conscious of what your body is telling you. This all simply means being present. 

Take caution in just jumping into something without being in tune with what is going on with your mind and body. There is a true connection with the mind and body that play a role in how well we respond to our environments. 

Start with the mind and the body will follow. 

In addition to being mentally prepared, make sure you are physically ready and that you have the right sports bra. Check out Are You Ready?



Consistency


If you have prepared yourself well, you will find that remaining consistent is not as challenging as it may have initially seemed. 


Even on those days when you do not feel like getting out of bed, going to the gym or doing your home workout, once you have built up a routine by remaining consistent, you will find that you will still put forth the effort to put one foot in front of the other.

The main thing to remember when it comes to consistency is to do something, even if it’s a modified workout. 

Let’s take it back to being prepared. If you have already planned out what you are going to do on those days when you do not feel like working out, you are setting yourself up to be consistent no matter what. 

For example, if you normally get up early in the morning to do your cardio workout but wake up one day and are not feeling it, remember that on those days, you would choose to do pilates instead. You are still moving your body and you are remaining consistent. 

Do not be hard on yourself. Take time to check in with yourself so that you do not exhaust yourself or completely give in to NOT doing anything. 

Consistency is what leads us to health habits.


Healthy Habits

Now that the mind is right with some planning, and consistency is in place because of the planning, healthy habits are within reach! 

Doing something without thinking about it is called a habit (autopilot!). Doing something that is good for you is called a healthy habit. 

Everyday we wake up and do our morning routine without thinking about it, which is a habit. 

In the beginning of forming new habits, there will need to be some thought that goes into it. Perhaps everyday for a few months. Some habit building may take more than a few months, others may take less. The important thing to remember is that it takes time to build habits. 

It takes starting something in order for those habits to form. Deciding that you want to do something is the first step! Which starts where? In your mind.  

The Mind +Body Connection

The mind is very powerful. Everything we do begins with our mind. We can convince ourselves one way or another how important something is. We can also change years of thinking a certain way by being conscious of our thoughts. 

Taking time to embrace one’s thoughts is a skill that can be learned. Having the right mindset is everything to conquering your goals and is a great foundation for life. 

Now go out there and make some healthy habits! But before you do, find out what your workout personality is. 

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