Working out is no longer an endeavor meant solely for serious athletes and complete gym rats. In the recent years, people have been consciously looking out for their health and there has been a meteoric rise in exercise options.
Women, particularly, have taken to hitting the gym about as much as men. But since they have a unique set of clothing needs, it could be confusing for a newbie to figure out what she needs to wear. This article breaks down what you might need to succeed during your workout.
Your Sports Top
Movement is key in getting in shape which is why you need clothes that will allow you to move freely and comfortably. A good sports bra is indispensable especially during workouts that involve jumping and running, like kickboxing or Taebo. It must fit well. For the top-heavy, find with maximum support. Steer clear of wearing lacy lingerie while exercising because once they are soaked in sweat, they become very itchy and disconcerting.
Consider the workout you plan on doing when you select the cut of your top. For example, if you plan on doing a cardio-intensive workout, it might be ideal to wear something that keeps you cool for an extended period and won’t retain odor. If, however, you plan on doing yoga or Pilates, look for a top that allows you to move freely. If you feel uncomfortable baring your arms in a sleeveless top, then go for a top with sleeves. Just make sure that the one that you choose one that is made of sweat-wicking and stretchable fabric. Remember, shirts that are made of 100% cotton absorb sweat quickly and tend to get soggy.
Your Shorts, Capri or Pants
With bottoms, cut and length vary greatly. Some women prefer the mobility they get from shorts and buns. Others like capri and full length pants, which are ideal for the cooler seasons. In recent years, workout clothes have become more fashionable thus the emergence of skorts – shorts with a skirt-like piece of fabric in front – thus extending available options. Once again, consider the workout you plan on doing. For example, if you want to go for a run, it might be better to wear something that fits snugly or tightly around your legs to avoid interference.
It would be wise to invest in supportive training shoes. Naturally, they have to fit well, especially if you intend on going to a spinning class or on using the treadmill. Shoes that are too tight could cause injuries. As for socks, look for a pair made of lightweight and non-abrasive fabric to prevent blisters.
When looking at workout clothes keep one word in mind: comfort. Keep frills at a minimum to avoid distractions. Being comfortable in what you wear boosts your confidence and increases your motivation to tackle a tough workout. That said, you don’t need to forgo style completely in lieu of comfort. Women’s clothing for workouts come in many colors and styles – searching for something that flatters your body will not be a problem.