Why a hanky could be an athlete’s best friend

Why a hanky could be an athlete’s best friend

You may not associate handkerchiefs with sport, but the humble hanky has a place in any athlete’s Lycra pocket.

Case in point:

  • Physical activity is sweaty – there’s no doubt about it. While the production of sweat serves to cool the body down, it isn’t so helpful when it gets in your eyes and sabotages your performance. A towel isn’t always convenient to carry around on a 10k run or when abseiling down a mountain, but a hanky is small, compact and absorbent.
  • When you win a race or reach a personal best it can be very emotional and a hanky is handy to dab your eyes if you happen to shed a tear or two.
  • Carrying a hanky in your pocket when out for a run or a bike ride can be a lifesaver if you get caught out by allergens such as pollen that instigate irritating hayfever symptoms like a runny nose or a sneezing fit.
  • Sitting on a gym machine that’s been drenched with someone else’s sweat or picking up a clammy dumbbell isn’t exactly great for workout motivation, but you can use a clean hanky to wipe down gym equipment before use.
  • If you fall over while out running or hiking up a mountain, a hanky can be used as a makeshift bandage when there’s no first aid kit in sight.
  • If you’re exercising outdoors but forgot your hat or you get caught out in the rain and don’t want to ruin your hair, you could tie a hanky around your head like a bandana to shield it from the elements.