Having the right outfit is not only for the office or nights out. Dressing right is just as important for exercise. No matter what your exercise of choice is, having the right workout clothes will give you the extra confidence and comfort to come back week after week.
1. Choose the Right Fabric
Not all fabrics are created equal, and some fabrics are better for working out than others. There are several synthetic fabrics that keep sweat away from your skin, or “wick”, like polyester and spandex. While cotton might seem like the cheapest and easiest option, cotton absorbs sweat and can feel wet and heavy after a while. And never wear rubber- or plastic-based materials, they keep the sweat right against your skin and keep your body temperature high.
2. Choose the Right Fit
Different exercises require different styles of clothes. For example, when you’re running or biking, you want comfortable clothes that are not too loose to avoid becoming tangled. When doing yoga or pilates, you’ll want a more fitted fabric that wicks.
3. Choose the Right Layers
Just because winter hits, doesn’t mean we stop exercising. If you’re a runner or biker, you’ll want to pay special attention to layering when it gets cold. The layer closest to your skin should be a breathable and flexible, while the middle layer should be for warmth. The outer layer should be water resistant, but light. Of course, add hats and gloves depending on the severity of the weather.
4. Choose the Right Shoes
Buying the shoe that best fits your exercise of choice is paramount when putting together your workout outfit. If you run, the type of path you use is important. If you run trails, you’ll need a shoe with more support and traction. If you run on pavement, you’ll want shoes that have more cushioning. If you play basketball or other court sports, you need lightweight tennis shoes that have a sturdy sole and heel to deal with all the directions you move. The most adaptable shoes are cross-training shoes. They have a wide variety of uses.
5. Choose the Right Safety Measures
If you jog, bike, or walk in the morning or evening hours, you need to make sure your clothes have some sort of reflective material so you’re visible in badly lit areas. While light clothes are good, dark clothes with a reflective panel are the best. Stay safe!