Wearing the right clothing can make the difference between an enjoyable workout and an hour of misery, and investing in some stylish workout clothing is the perfect motivation to get you moving. Whether you're hitting the gym, heading for the hills or exercising in the comfort of your own home, clothing makes a difference.
We have enough excuses not to exercise - you shouldn't let workout clothing be one more of them.
Some Gymwear brands create apparel for aesthetically aware athletes that genuinely can enhance performance. For example, one mistake many people make is wearing a cotton T-shirt for their workouts. Instead, a shirt designed to draw sweat away from the body and move it to the outer surface is much more suitable...
These "wicking" clothes (also called technical or performance fabrics) are usually made of polyester and/or Lycra blends. They may cost more than your average cotton T-shirt, but they'll also last longer and keep you comfortable.
Proper workout attire doesn't stop with your top. Cotton socks can also trap moisture and cause blisters, while a polyester-blend sock may help prevent them. Shorts, gloves, hats, running tights, sports bras, workout pants—even underwear—are also available in performance fabrics. Here are a few rules you should stick to...
Avoid any rough fabrics that could chafe or irritate your skin during repetitive movement.
Choose materials that let you move and don't constrict you. Pay
If you're going to be perspiring a lot, make sure your base layer will keep you dry and comfortable. Look for a polyester/ Lycra blend or another synthetic material. These materials keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer—even when wet—and dry quickly. If you prefer natural materials, wool and bamboo exercise shirts naturally wick away moisture, too.
While you might be tempted to hide beneath baggy layers, you will feel more confident and sure of yourself if you wear an outfit that looks good on you and plays up your assets. If you feel good about yourself, you'll be inclined to exercise more often. Crossfit Clothing for example has been proven to improve performance in classes etc.
Consider the activities you do most, and make sure the clothes you buy are comfortable and appropriate for that activity. Most people can't go wrong with fitted workout Capri pants and a fitted performance top, but always try on clothes before you buy—and try a few of your signature workout moves in the dressing room to be sure.