Activewear technology is a beautiful thing. Sweat-wicking fabrics keep us feeling fresher than ever, so we don't have to sit in our own sweat; moisture is drawn out to the surface of the fabric, where it can evaporate, leaving us feeling cool and dry sometimes mere minutes after a sweaty hot yoga or cycling session. But the operative word here is moisture, not bacteria. You might feel dry, but it doesn't mean you're clean. Even if the fabric in your pants or activewear is antimicrobial, you need to make sure you're washing your clothes after every single workout.
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There are few things in life more unsettling than sneaking a peek at your TP after you wipe and seeing blood staring back at you. It's easy to go into full-on freakout mode if you're pooping blood, but let's start with deep breaths first. "Bleeding with bowel movements is never normal, but it doesn't mean something scary is going on," says Jean Ashburn, M.D., a colorectal surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. "The most common reasons are inflamed hemorrhoids and something called an anal fissure, which is like a paper cut that happens in the anal canal."
You got to bed early, and laid out your running gear the night before. Your alarm goes off, and it's time to run. But what's the right way to tackle that morning workout without sacrificing precious time? You can wake up, warm up, fuel up, and get in a solid sweat sesh before work—and before everyone else has had their coffee—with these tips. (Hate Running? 25 Ways to Learn to Love It)
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