The Hygienic Gym Rat

14 Jan

Glee star (and Big Sean’s former boo) Naya Rivera went on “The View” Tuesday and let the world in on her hygiene habits.

Once every two to three days? Really? A “bird bath” can’t take care of the things I need taken care of.

As someone who sweats so bad her dog won’t come near her, I have to a) question her logic and b) question what she does during the day that makes her think she’s above a good daily scrubbing.

I know in some cultures it’s acceptable to shower infrequently. Hell, in some cultures a ho bath is a treat. We don’t live in that type of culture. In these United States, especially in this denizen of uncleanliness that I call home (New York), I will give you the most epic of side-eyes coupled with the people’s eyebrow if you say you shower maybe twice a week.


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This goes triple for those of you in the midst of your weight-loss journey. The weight-loss journey is full of dirt, sweat, tears and public bathrooms. You will have to endure public pools, dog poo on the running path and gnats in your hair. Understand that the gym equipment you’re using at 3 p.m. has been man handled at least a dozen times that day with an 80% change that one of those users had snotty hands.

Suffice to say, working out makes you icky. Please for the love that is holy, wash your sweaty, nasty behind.

I shouldn’t have to say this, but good hygiene isn’t just for you. It’s for your cubemate at work. It’s for your fellow passengers on the subway. It’s for your Winter Boo when he comes over that night. No one wants to be around Smelly Mellie.


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I’ve been around my fair share of smelly gym rats. Occasionally I am one. But my hygienic missteps have come from re-wearing gym clothes. There’s a bit of a gray area in this. On one hand, no one expects you to smell like a field of lilies when you’re working out. A bit of musk can be a badge of honor. However, the problem comes when you can smell yourself. If you open your gym bag and the odor knocks you out, it’s time to wash your clothes and pick out a new gym outfit.

Another thing that happens is stewing in your gym clothes. I understand you’ve got errands to run and appointments to make. Sometimes there’s no time for a shower. Well, there are 24 hours in a day. Somewhere in those 24 hours, you should find time to douse yourself in soap and hot water. You are creating some funked out bacteria in all kinds of soggy cracks and crevices by not doing your due diligence with a bar of Dial soap. Say no to funky bacteria and yes to freshness.

With brings me to my last point: a clean body is just plain satisfying. My gym clothes make me feel like I’m suiting up for war. I’ve got on my breastplate (sports bra), shin guards (running capris) and army boots (sneakers). When I’m wearing those clothes especially after a good sweat, I feel like I’ve just done battle. That’s good in that it’s evidenced in my attire how hard I’m working. But nothing beats a nice, hot shower after a workout. It soothes my muscles. It clears my airway. Washing the dirt and funk off of my body feels like the final step in the day’s workout goal.

So don’t be like Naya Rivera. Wash yourself and feel good about it. Don’t let others relive your workout by smelling you.

What did you think of Naya Rivera’s comments?

7 Responses to “The Hygienic Gym Rat”

  1. FinickyFeet January 14, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    Wait…did you say you rewear your workout clothes? Then you must smell better than I do after working out, for sure! There is NO way I can rewear my gym clothes. The stink is too offensive. And I do shower daily.

  2. Rosey January 14, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    This was awesome!!! I am laughing and crying real tears.

    I have a colleague that works out daily and says she doesn’t sweat that much so she doesn’t shower after. She works out midday. And she’s been a little sour.

    This article is so on point!!!

    Thank you, Davia


    • cicelyd January 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

      Davia, you need to drop off a Body Shop care package on her desk, signed “From All of Us.”

  3. d. tafakari January 14, 2015 at 8:16 am #

    I work frim home, in a chair, around no one to smell me but my dog. I wash my ash daily. Period. Lol

    • d. tafakari January 14, 2015 at 8:17 am #


    • cicelyd January 14, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

      As you should! Look, I understand sick days and I-don’t-wanna days. What I don’t understand is making a concerted effort not to shower but twice a week. Like, where dey do dat at?

      • d. tafakari January 14, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

        I am addicted to hot water and soap, man. This twice a week thing, if not under duress, NO MA’AM.

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