For the foreseeable future, you’ll be working out in the comfort of your own lounge. The key to surviving this lock down is to keep up with your regular habits as far as possible – with exercise being number one on the list. Exercising in your pajama’s is not an option, so it’s time to reassess your fitness wear. First, decide if it’s cotton or wool. What’s the difference you ask? Well for starters – you don’t have to wash the wool as regularly and it doesn’t retain any odor, which makes it very attractive right now! Whilst the two fabrics aren’t that different in their overall composition and performance, wool performs considerably better in terms of durability.
Cotton is made of cellulose and is an incredibly absorbent fabric, meaning it can take some time to dry. On the other hand, wool doesn’t hold onto moisture, so can dry quickly. If you’re looking for underwear that may not feel as sweaty while you exercise, merino wool underwear will keep you drier than cotton. The quick dry benefit is also very helpful when you have limited balcony space for washing (now that you can’t leave your house)!
Now, there’s no way to sugarcoat it, wool is definitely more expensive than cotton and Monica Ebert from wool athleisure wear brand Core Merino says that people are often put off by the price. She says that the second myth is that people believe wool to be itchy! You’d be glad to know that those days are over. Scratchy jerseys are a thing of the past. Merino wool is extremely fine and soft, so it won’t itch like other wool, its hypoallergenic and it’s an environmentally sustainable material.
Ebert quotes four reasons that merino underwear is worth the cost:
Wicks well: It’s a strong, natural material that performs well in terms of wicking moisture away from your body, keeping your skin dry and chafe-free.
Climate control: merino wool is very insulating for its weight. That means it feels very thin, yet it insulates you better than thick cotton would. As a result, you’ll feel warmer in colder conditions (even if the fabric is wet). Conversely, in warmer climates, you won’t feel as hot.
Odor free: Wool is naturally resistant to odor-causing bacteria, which helps keep it odor free even after consecutive days of wear. Normal fabrics such as cotton or synthetics will start to smell bad after you sweat into them. This is an especially helpful quality when you’re not able to get outdoors to free the pong.
Long Lasting: Merino wool is almost seven times as durable as cotton. Your wool underwear will stay with you long after your cotton undies have fallen apart.
Use your time indoors wisely, and try something new – you won’t regret it.