How to Choose the Right Workout Clothes

When it comes to intense workouts, you want exercise clothing that looks cute. However, it's also important that it feels comfortable and will allow you to move with ease. The guide below explores some of the qualities that you should seek out when shopping.

Fit

If your gear is restrictive, it’s going to hamper your exercise routine. However, steer clear of baggy clothes. Large, loose t-shirts and pants can impact your form and may even lead to injuries—if, for example, a hem gets caught in a bike spoke when riding or if your foot gets tangled in a pants leg while moving through yoga positions. Instead, opt for stretchy yet form-fitting attire. 

Fabrics

exercise clothingWhen working up a sweat, you want exercise clothing with moisture-wicking technology. Breathable fabrics, such as nylon and polypropylene, pull sweat away from your body so it can evaporate and leave you feeling dry.

Conversely, workout clothing made out of natural fabrics absorbs sweat, leaving you feeling weighed down and uncomfortable. If you want to smell fresh and clean, even after the toughest workout, look for fabrics with antimicrobial abilities. 

Seasonal Considerations

Working out when there’s a chill in the air means you must take steps to keep warm. However, once you're in mid-workout, your elevated blood pressure can cause you to feel overheated very quickly. 

Layers are ideal since you can discard them as you warm up. Wear a form-fitting inner layer capable of wicking sweat away efficiently, topped by a t-shirt, and then followed by a fleece sweatshirt. If you attend workout classes, you can set any unneeded layers to the side. If you run, tie them around your waist.