We all want to look good when we are working out, and wearing some nice activewear can often make us feel better about ourselves – which is vital in the early stages of a new fitness regime. However, you have to bear in mind that clothing for working out isn’t just about looking good – it’s also about wearing items that are comfortable and fit well. With this in mind, I thought I would go through some of the clothes you might want to consider that might just help you achieve all your fitness goals. Let’s take a closer look.
Tees and Tops
Working out is a sweaty business, so you should try and avoid polyester fabrics which trap moisture. Cotton also gets pretty weighty, so only use it for lighter workouts. Instead, look for materials that ‘wick’ sweat away from your body. The fabric will draw the sweat away, and release it on the other side, meaning you won’t be weighed down by heavy, sweaty tops. There is a huge range of new clothing technologies that seem to appear every week, but whether or not they work or not is another matter. The truth is, as long as you are comfortable, it’s purely a matter of choice.
Hoodies and Sweats
Sweats and hoodies are an essential part of the fitness scene. Items like these are comfy enough to wear during light exercise and will keep you warm when you come out of a baking hot gym on a winter’s day. The likes of Dickies hoodies are popular on the streets today, and you also have the classic sweaters from companies like Carhartt. The whole workwear thing is worth pursuing, as they will last you for decades if you look after them, and they get more comfortable as time goes on.
Shorts and Bottoms
Be careful about wearing the right gear for your lower half. Cyclists should wear proper cycling shorts or trousers to avoid chafing and catching fabric on the pedals. Heavy joggers are no good for anything too active, as they will weigh you down and restrict your movement. And if you are wearing shorts, make sure they fit you properly. If they are too tight around the thigh, for instance, you might find yourself struggling to move properly and end up injuring yourself.
Choose the right footwear for your chosen workout, or you might live to regret it. A good pair of supportive jogging shoes will protect your feet and knee joints by adding a suspension-like bounce. Similarly, if you are playing a team sport, ensure you are in the right boots for the surface. Let’s say you are playing football – studded boots will be necessary for most of the year. But in the summer, the pitches tend to dry up – meaning standard studs could be dangerous and cause an ankle injury.
Finally, if you are exercising outside at night, make sure you are wearing bright and reflective clothing. Car drivers, cyclists, and even pedestrians may struggle to see you if you are head to toe in black.
Do you have any activewear tips? Feel free to leave them in the comments section below!