Sweat it out

By Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, is a Certified Health Coach and a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center.

By Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Certified Health Coach

Go ahead and congratulate yourself…you deserve it!  After months of serious contemplation, considering and researching options and kicking excuses to the ground, you finally joined a fitness center.  This is a triumphant feeling!  Revel in it!

Now for the inevitable downer…working out is tough, and some days more so than others.  When you get home, your muscles ache and you’re energized for a while, but then you feel a bit fatigued.  All of these necessary evils can be easily remedied, and trust me, it does get more fun! 

However, there is one problem that seems to plague a vast number of dedicated exercisers, and that is the yellowing of white workout gear in the area of the armpits.  The accompanying familiar smell is not so much of a problem as the discoloration.  Why does this occur? Perspiration is comprised of more than just water.  It also contains a cornucopia of minerals, the most prominent being sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.  Sometimes, metals are excreted via the sweat glands.  These can include zinc, copper, iron, chromium and nickel.  Together, they are the collective culprits that cling to and discolor those white tee shirts long after the liquid has evaporated.

Before frustration sets in and the shirt becomes one more thing for the cleaning rags pile, give this remedy a try.  Gather together a few lemons, a small glass, table salt, water and an inexpensive spray bottle.  Fill the glass halfway with the freshly squeezed lemon juice, and add an equal measure of water.  Mix well, pour into the spray bottle, and spritz this liquid directly onto the stain until it appears to be saturated.  Sprinkle a bit of table salt over this area and gently rub into the fabric.  After an hour of soaking, place in the regular whites cycles of the washing machine.

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You will be amazed at the results…not only by the stunningly clean shirt, but also, as a regular gym attendee, your fit and healthy physique!