What to Wear When You Workout
If the first thing coming on your mind when you think of working out is: feeling exhausted, tired, sweaty, and sore after exercising, you probably need solid motivation that will make a difference in how you feel after a workout.
It’s true that motivation plays a big part in your great working out results, but don’t underestimate the activewear you have on while in the gym or at your yoga class.
Wondering what to wear when you work out?
Choosing workout clothes that are comfortable, wick away sweat, display movements clearly, and protect sensitive skin do matter. Or how we prefer to put this: “Workout gear should work as hard as you do”. Because there is no worse curse in the “workout universe” than having workout gear that makes you feel uncomfortable, or self-conscious and restricted in what you are able to do during your workout.
Your workout leggings, sports bras, shorts and shirts should be comfortable enough that makes any movement easy. The best thing you can do is choose supportive clothing with tighter fit to decrease muscle tension, and not to get in the way of your activity.
When it comes to the fabrics breathable synthetic ones that pull sweat away from your skin are the best choice for exercise, as they allow the sweat to be evaporated from the skin but do not soak clothing.
Running shoes are usually designed with extra stiffness or cushion around the arch in order to reduce pronation, and a more cushioned heel to reduce trauma from the repetitive footfalls of running.
For gym training (especially weight lifting) it’s important to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground for more stability in the ankles. That’s why shoes with flat, stiff soles like Chuck Taylors or canvas shoes are the ones you should go with.
Cycling shoes are stiff and combined with clipless pedals will prevent from cramping, while giving you control over the contact with bike pedal.
Seems like anytime people face foot problems the top thing in their list of diagnosis are the shoes, often forgetting that socks could be the culprit.
In order to prevent injuries and boost your performance the feet need support beyond the shoe. In moments of excessive pressure on the feet acrylic or synthetic socks that are lightweight and durable, and less likely to bunch up, can help repel some of this extra force. Athletic socks will protect your feet from irritation and blisters, and unlike the cotton ones which trap sweat and don’t do the job against foot fungus, these will trap and transfer moisture in the right way.
Changing your activewear with the seasons is a must if your workout includes outdoors activities. No matter if the weather is hot or cold, you're still likely to work up a sweat during your exercise, and that’s why it’s so important to keep as comfortable as possible according to the temperature.
During the warmer days opt for breathable fabrics and workout clothes that are cool and allows you to move freely. As for colder months layering is the best solution since you are boosting the body temperature as the workout progresses, so you might want to remove clothing from time to time.
Extra hint: Don’t forget to protect your head, ears, and hands from the cold too!
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