Full Audio Version: How to Find the Perfect Activewear for Your Workout
Ah, activewear. It has truly become a staple in our wardrobes. In fact, some pieces are so comfortable and stylish, it’s no wonder women want to wear it for everything they do. Plus, since lockdowns and working from home have become the norm, it just makes sense. But what about when it comes down to actually being active in your activewear? While appearance and style are still very important factors, there’s a lot more to consider when it comes to exercise.
The wrong activewear can make working out uncomfortable and even contribute to a lack of motivation, particularly if you’re feeling self-conscious or restricted.
To ensure you always feel your best, we’re here to give you the run-down on how to find the perfect activewear for your workout.
First and foremost, it’s important to think about the type of exercise or activity you’re actually doing. Whether you’re running, cycling, enjoying some yoga or going for a hike, there is workout gear that is best suited to that specific activity.
For example, cycling shorts are padded for extra cushioning, while running shorts tend to fit tight and sit just above the knee to help avoid chafing. Naturally, there is also a shoe designed for just about every sport out there, so be sure to wear the appropriate footwear for your workout (more on this later). By sticking with clothing that is designed specifically for the activity, it will enhance your workout and make you feel much more comfortable.
You may not be one to consider clothing material, however this is an important factor when it comes to your workout gear. Three key questions to ask when choosing the fabric of your workout gear are: is it breathable; is it sweat proof; and is it see-through?
Fabrics that are breathable and sweat proof help keep your body cool and dry during workouts. These include fabrics, such as wicker-material, which have the ability to pull sweat away from your skin and easily evaporate.
Generally the better quality the item is, the less likely it is to be see-through. This goes without saying, but you don’t really want anyone knowing what colour underwear you have on while you’re working out, so be sure to do some trial squats in your new workout gear before hitting the gym.
Another hot tip is to stay away from cotton, unless you’re doing a very low-intensity workout with minimal perspiration (for example, an easy breezy yoga flow). Cotton does the opposite to wicker-material, absorbing sweat and leaving you sticky, hot and bothered.
The way your workout gear fits is important for the comfort of your workout. When considering this, think about the size and the freedom of the clothing.
When it comes to size, you want to make sure it fits you perfectly. Nothing too small or too big. This ensures you’re not stopping every three minutes to pull up your bunched-up leggings, or to pull at fabric that is cutting into your body.
Now when we say freedom, we are talking about whether your activewear is restricting your workout or ability to move in any way. For example, is there enough stretch for you to morph into your next yoga or pilates position? Do any parts of the clothing get in the way as you move? If your activewear offers you the freedom to move how you’re supposed to in your workout, then you’re off to a great start.
While layering is a chic trend we all seek to master, when it comes to activewear it’s about making sure you don’t overheat. For exercise, it’s important to layer light items over each other. This allows a seamless transition from outdoor to indoor activities, as well as from being too hot or cold to just right.
The reality is that working out makes you warm, but feeling too warm can ruin your workout experience. The last thing you want is to be trapped with a thick, long-sleeve top with nothing but a sports bra underneath. Remember, it’s always easier to put a layer back on than to have something warm that you can’t take off at all.
Lastly, let’s talk about speciality workout gear. These are items that can make or break any workout, meaning careful consideration is essential.
Footwear: as we mentioned earlier there is a shoe for just about every sport, and for good reason. How you use your feet in a workout changes drastically depending on the activity you do. Footwear that is specially designed for an activity considers these movements, therefore offering the appropriate support and optimal comfort, and helping to reduce injury.
Compression wear: compression offers a low-level massage on your body by putting pressure on the muscles. This helps to minimise muscle soreness, reduce recovery time and stimulate blood and lymphatic flow. If you’re one to train frequently, and in harsher conditions, then compression wear can significantly improve your workout.
Sports bras: a supportive sports bra is essential for any woman who exercises. Everyday bras are not designed or made to withstand rigorous movement. Unsupportive bras can consequently lead to discomfort, pain and even impact performance. As with your everyday underwear, fit and cup size are essential, and the higher the intensity of the workout, the more support the sports bra should offer.
So, are you ready to move? Now that you know how to find the right activewear for your workout, it’s time to get shopping! Kick off your activewear haul at Myer for a wide range of quality, comfortable, supportive and stylish workout gear to make every workout your best. Shop online or in-store today.