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You’ve finally found the motivation to kick-start your new workout routine and nutrition into full swing. You did all the things. Bought healthy foods, workout equipment and finally, you need to buy the clothing. You want your clothing to be cute, practical and comfortable.
You’re not the first and most certainly not the last to scratch their head in Activewear despair. Workout apparel has come a long way from the humble sweatpants or revealing 70’s marathon shorts — today the workout clothing department is a multibillion-dollar industry with an overwhelming amount of brands and apparel options that it can be confusing to know what you do and don’t need really. Before you go maxing your credit card out, I’ve got some useful guidelines that will help you make an informed decision when choosing the best workout clothing for you.
It might be nice to rock the latest Lululemon line, but no matter how stylish it may be or how good you might look in it, if you’re uncomfortable and pulling and adjusting here and there while exercising, it will compromise the quality of your workout, adding a motivational hurdle to your routine. It’s important to feel comfortable so you can move with ease and that your lady bits aren’t exposed by see-through leggings or a sports bra that doesn’t really hold your girls up or in.
Workout Clothing Tips
I know it’s hard, but try not to be lured by the latest Activewear marketing campaign trending online or fitness influences promoting their newest workout gear. When in doubt, keep it simple. Inexpensive workout clothing that you can move freely in will do the trick.
Here are a couple of pointers to look out for when selecting yoga, running, or gym workout clothes:
The right pair of sneakers is imperative for most workouts. You want to look for shoes that fit well, support your feet, and reduce impact mainly when you run and jump. If however, if you’re doing yoga or pilates, we advise you go barefoot as wearing shoes will limit your mobility and constrict your ankles and calves (Note: If it’s cold then throw on a pair of grippy socks.)
Finding a well-fitted regular bra is hard enough and expensive, let alone trying to find one that will keep the gals supported and safe while working out. When shopping for a sports bra make sure you choose one designed for high impact sport, this is doubly important for women with bigger busts. Training without a sports bra can be quite uncomfortable, especially when doing exercises that involve running or jumping.
Leggings, Sweatpants or Shorts
The best workout clothing, in this case, is dependent on mood and weather. The priority is that you can move without restriction and feel good while you’re at it. One thing to be aware of is the type of material you choose, especially if you expect to sweat loads.
Tank Top or T-shirt
Both are fine, and just like the bottoms you choose to work out in, the best workout clothes for women or men is all about preference, weather, and comfort. We’re all guilty of grabbing that old oversized, grey t-shirt we got for free that one time to work out in, but sometimes choosing an exercise top designed for sport will let your skin breathe a bit more. Plus, working out in clothes that make you feel great, will also boost your self-esteem while exercising — looking good, feeling great. If you don’t have a sports top, then any standard t-shirt is fine.
Keep in Mind
- If you’re dripping in jewelry (or even if it’s just a necklace and some ear studs), make sure to take off your gems before working out, as they can get caught in equipment and cause injury.
- If you have long hair, it’s advisable to tie it up in a bun or ponytail, so it doesn’t get in the way or get caught in any gym equipment. Keeping your hair off your neck will also help you stay cool.
- Although light and affordable, cotton-based workout clothing will hold and absorb sweat and moisture, making your clothes feel like they weigh you down by the end of a sweat-drenched workout. If you have a little more wiggle room in your monthly budget, then why not invest in workout apparel made with moisture wicking material. These synthetic fibers ensure that the sweat and moisture are drawn to the outside of the garment, leaving you feeling more comfortable and dry — well, dryer — in most cases. 😉
Now that I’ve covered the basics when it comes to what to wear when working out, why not throw on some of your best workout clothing, lace up your sneakers and hit the gym or the pavement or even your home workout.