LOCKER ROOM TALK
Some of the most common myths about locker room habits also happen to be the most absurd. We bust the top three most popular ones:
Q: Will I get muscle spasms if I jump in the shower after a workout?
A: According to International Triathlon Union- certified coach Kaye Lopez, there is nothing wrong with taking a shower, especially a cold one after a workout because it helps muscle recovery. In fact, ice baths are provided at race events for this specific purpose.
Q: Will using deodorant give me breast cancer?
A: For the record, men can get breast cancer, too. This rumor surfaced at almost the same time e- mail was invented and has been pretty pervasive. So far, research here is inconclusive. However, there is a concern that since aluminum prevents sweating, which is a natural way of purging toxins, using anti- perspirants that contain aluminum may lead to neurotoxicity.
Personally, the more chemicals I can do without, the better. Human Nature Deodorant that contains natural extracts and oils to prevent body odor and is safe for those with sensitive skin. Check out www. humannature.com for more deets. If you’re old- school, Watsons has DeoNat Mineral Deodorant Stick— basically tawas that’s conveniently shaped like a stick of deodorant.
Q: Only athletes get athlete’s foot, right?
A: Lolz. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, and nobody is safe from fungus! Even worse, athlete’s foot isn’t just confined to your feet; it can migrate to your hands, groin, and the rest of your body. It can spread from person to person through sharing of bath towels, bed sheets, or clothing. Public swimming pools, shower room floors, and locker rooms are also common places to pick up athlete’s foot.
Fortunately, plenty of topical anti- fungal creams are readily available at your local drugstore. If I’m going by brand recall, I’d say Canesten cream, which contains clotrimazole, is the most popular. To stop itching, use it in conjunction with hydrocortisone. If the infection is getting pretty gnarly, ew, go see a dermatologist.