Do you ever feel irritated while working out and you just can’t seem to figure out why? It is not a sore leg or your feel short of breath, but something is just not right. Every time you are in the middle of your workout, you call it a day without even exerting all your energy. Believe it or not, the clothes you wear for a workout can directly affect your performance. It can totally change the way you feel pre, during, and post your workout. Several factors can contribute to the comfort of your activewear, from the fabrics used to the size.
Here is a comprehensive guide to help you choose the perfect activewear and workout clothes.
So it has been widely known that the looser your clothes are, the more comfortable they feel, right? Wrong! If anything, tights and leggings have been all the rage when it comes to women’s sportswear. High-waisted compression leggings are perfect for almost any athletic activity as it is so much easier to be flexible in them. Their light, breathable fabrics make you have full range of body motion and will never make you feel constricted. Nonetheless, do not wear tight clothes if they make YOU feel uncomfortable. If you are running or cycling, you would want to avoid wide-leg or loose pants that could get tangled up in the pedals or your feet. You might also want to avoid very petite shorts that slide up or gape and lead to a wardrobe malfunction. Nothing’s worse than getting a wedgie or a suffocating sports bra. So it is a matter if what makes YOU comfortable. If they’re too baggy, too tight, or too itchy for you, you might as well just toss them out because you just will be less likely to wear them.
Consider Type of Workout
Another thing to consider is the type of workout you are doing. You know that strappy top might be cute and all for yoga, but it might not hold everything in place well enough during a HIIT workout. Leggings as well can become very uncomfortable for certain types of workouts. Try a “squat test” before buying leggings. For high impact workouts that require more movement, look for workout clothes made with nylon or spandex– they’re stretchy enough to allow a full range of motion, while also providing support. Also, as mentioned before, avoid loose clothes when you are going for a run or cycling. This is also very important when you choose shoes. There are shoes for almost every type of sports. If you are a basketball player, you must wear basketball shoes to avoid getting injured. If you are going for a run, a pair of running shoes will help you avoid runner’s knees, a severe knee condition you get from excess running. Some running experts even argue that good running socks are as important as running shoes, as they help you avoid blisters and improve your comfort.
Some fabrics are designed to pull sweat away from your skin during exercise and others absorb it. When it comes to workout clothes, some choices are better than others. You should avoid fabrics that do not breathe at all costs. These are the clothes that keep sweat from evaporating and keep your body temperature too high during a workout. Instead, consider breathable synthetic fabrics that “wick” the sweat away from your skin, which can help it to evaporate quickly and keep your body cool. Clothing made out of fabrics containing polypropylene or fabrics are a good choice for exercises in which you sweat a lot, as they allow the sweat to evaporate from the skin. Also, consider cotton. Cotton shirts and pants, on the other hand, absorb the sweat, and they don’t pull it away from the skin or help it to evaporate quickly. That’s why cotton workout clothes can feel heavy and wet as you exercise.
You probably want to avoid leggings that turn sheer when you lunge or squat, especially when you are working out with a whole bunch of people standing right behind you. It’s almost impossible to tell which pieces will be see-through just by looking at them on the rack, so always do a check in the dressing room beforehand. Working out solo can be an entirely different experience than working in a group. If you are participating in a fitness regimen such as CrossFit, you might want to consider outdoor clothing and grab a jacket if it is cold outside. If you are hitting the gym, you should consider layering your clothes, so you are able to take off layers easily whenever it gets warmer. At home, you should wear whatever you feel like, putting in mind the home equipment you will use. For instance, if you are running on a treadmill, wear extra comfortable running shoes. Find out more from this post on Home Fitness Journey.
Consider Activewear Shops
It is said that when you invest in your workout clothes, you will be less likely to skip your workout. In fact, it is one of the ways to ensure you work out consistently and never be lazy. This is especially true when you are working out in a group because you will want to boast yourself in front of your friends. Although quality and durability are indeed important factors, it is not always wise to overspend. There are instances when the more expensive makes sense, but in other cases, you’re simply just paying extra money for the name of the brand. It is important to note that if you’re buying online, be mindful of this potential problem and read reviews from other buyers—and make sure the company has a good exchange policy. Cheap workout clothes are still a waste of money if you don’t end up wearing them.
Finding the Perfect Form and Fit
Essentially, there is no perfect activewear and workout clothes. What is good for today may not be the best idea for tomorrow. It all depends on these factors, whether you are working out at the comfort of your home, or whether you are at a sports club with your friends. Also, it is important to change with the seasons! Hence, every factor above might actually differ entirely depending on the weather. So with all these factors and considerations, you should be able to pick out and determine what is best for today accordingly.