When it comes to working out you really should pay attention to what you are wearing. It’s not because you have to wear workout clothes to workout in, but it is because workout clothes can make it easier for you to do certain things in, make you feel more comfortable during your workout session, and some of your workout wear may even be designed to help wick away sweat when you’re getting deep into fitness.
What you wear may partially be determined by the type of workout you’re doing, and how intense you plan to get. If you’re just going for a stroll around the block you might be able to get away with whatever, but if you are planning a hike you don’t want to wear the wrong shoes. Here’s a little guide to help you pick the right clothes for your fitness plan.
The Right Bottoms
The pants you wear (or shorts) for working out are important as they determine how much movability you’ll have. Leggings can be a great choice for running, yoga, or any other kind of workout, since they allow maximum movement and they conform to your body. This means they don’t get in the way and won’t trip you up like a more flowy pant would.
Yoga pants tend to be baggier but allow for the types of movements you do with yoga poses, though you could wear shorts (but they may show a little more than you want to if you’re doing yoga in a class setting and not at home). Most sports for fitness are better suited with shorts, and they may also be good for running and jogging, weather pending.
The Right Tops
When working out you want a shirt that is more form fitted than a t-shirt. Even when running or jogging you may notice that the looseness of a t-shirt can cause chafing and some pain on certain sensitive chest areas. Pick a shirt made specifically for running.
When doing yoga a loose fitting shirt is going to show off areas you may not want to show off. Wear a tighter fitted shirt, like a tank top. This also allows you better movement since your shirt won’t be getting in your way all the time.
The Right Support
From wearing a sports bra to picking the right shoes, support is important in fitness. A sports bra keeps the girls where they belong and can help keep them from causing you pain from them doing things they’re not meant to do when running or playing basketball.
Shoes are also part of the support factor, since they are going to support your legs, and your whole body for that matter. There are specific shoes runners should wear to protect their feet from shock, and different shoes to wear when you walk. For yoga, you’ll want to skip shoes and maybe get some yoga socks.