With the rising popularity of athleisure plus the acceptance of wearing such things as leggings to work, we have a vast range of choices when it comes to workout garments. Especially when we are looking for pieces that we can wear from the gym to running errands or even on a night out.
From various cuts, fabrics, and fits – choosing appropriate materials that work for a sweat session and double as regular clothes can be difficult. Fitness friends, you know how much goes into mentally preparing and crushing that workout and what you choose to wear can factor into that mindset. Nothing is worse than having your workout completely ruined because of a poor wardrobe choice – Amiright? I’m not only talking to the fashion-conscience individual. In fact, I work out totally alone most of the time in my own basement or on a lonely gravel road – so we’re not talking about setting trends here. What I’m talking about is physical comfort. Being able to crush that workout without a thought of my clothing during said workout. Comfort and support in your clothing choices should always be a priority.
Here are 3 basic rules I follow when selecting my workout clothing:
1. Opt for Sweat-Wicking materials. AKA – avoid the cotton tee or shorts: Cotton absorbs sweat and doesn’t quickly release it through evaporation. Wearing heavy, damp cotton against your skin can give you the chills and cause irritation. There is not enough body glide in the world to convince me to run in cotton shorts!
2. Avoid Wearing Unfamiliar (untested) gear (at least for a major workout): those leggings may look modest when looking into your mirror at home, but it could quickly become X-rated as soon as you bend over to do deadlifts or as you become sweatier throughout the workout, not to mention unknown chafing areas (see point 1 above).
3. Choose items that fit: baggy sweatpants or oversized shirts can catch on exercise machines and equipment. My go-to options for most of my workouts are fitted 3/quarter length pants, slim-fitting long pants or moisture wicking shorts.
Another area worth mentioning is ensuring you have the proper base layer – aka proper undies. Comfort (for both men and women) starts with this layer and getting it wrong will almost always ruin your day, or at the very least, your workout. I usually go with a light-weight, full coverage poly-spandex blend. I like these Randies from Oiselle or Victoria Secret has some as well (I prefer the hiphugger version). For men, I have heard that these boxer briefs from Tommy John are quite comfortable.
And there you have it. I hope some of these tips help you enjoy your next workout in comfort—and maybe even in style!
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Do you have any favorite clothing items to keep you focused on the workout versus on your comfort?
Until Next Time,
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