The clothing you choose for each and every workout matters. From the texture of the cloth, to the snugness of a shoe, the variables can make or break a certain type of activity. Here are some of my suggestions to make sure you avoid making future outfit mistakes.
Choose Clothes That Function Best for the Activity:
Some fabrics are designed to pull sweat away from your skin during exercise and others absorb it. When it comes to activewear fabric choices some are better than others, here are some tips for choosing the right fabric for your workout attire.
- Cotton absorbs sweat!!! Cotton may be comfortable but if you are going to be sweating the fabric can feel heavy and weigh you down. Also, if you are not wearing black it shows sweat stains more often than not.
- Avoid fabrics that don’t breathe. Never wear clothing made out of rubber-based or plastic-based materials, which keep sweat from evaporating and causes your body temperature to rise too high during a workout.
- Think WICKING!!! Materials that evaporate sweat easily and make you feel cool!
Fabrics containing polypropylene or fabrics such as COOLMAX® and SUPPLEX® are a good choice for exercise and other activities in which you are likely to sweat a lot.
Comfort is Key:
For myself I prefer anything high waisted that has a tight squeeze, while others may feel restricted and choose to wear shorts in the winter.
Whatever is your comfort zone, find the fit that allows you to feel your best during workouts!
Gym clothes can provide motivation and allow you to feel your best. There are tons of options available out there, just be sure to pay attention to these key things:
Am I feeling supported?
Am I feeling pain anywhere or discomfort in material?
Am I able to move freely?
Am I feeling confident?
Tips For Finding Cheap Workout Clothes:
Not every pair of quality leggings has to cost $100. That might be what you drop at higher-end stores like Lululemon, but it’s easier than ever to find affordable, cheap workout clothes that are trendy and perform well.
ONE Last Thought & Current Favorite Brands:
Last but not least, don’t forget about your feet. Don’t make socks an afterthought! Steer clear of all-cotton socks – they soak up moisture, which can create extra friction and lead to painful blisters. Instead, look for socks made with nylon or a wool blend — both wick away sweat and make it easier for your feet to “breathe.”
Current Brands I Love:
-Old Navy (compression)