When you make the decision to get started on a healthy exercise plan, it is important that you pay attention to the clothes and workout shoes you wear. Not only should your workout gear keep you comfortable, but while it should also allow your body to have the right range of motion so that you can perform each exercise fully and safely.
Here are 4 tips for choosing the right workout gear:
1. A Good Sports Bra is Every Active Woman’s Best Friend
A good sports bra is key to a good workout. Sports bras are meant to compress and support you breasts to not only make your exercise more comfortable, but also to help prevent tears and strain to your muscles. Even mild workouts can cause damage to the muscle tissue, leading to sagging and pain. Choosing a supportive sports bra will encourage range of motion and protect your delicate muscle tissue. Look for a sports bra that is snug. This bra should feel tighter than your everyday bras, but not be too restrictive so that it is uncomfortable. Sports bras need to be replaced as soon as they get too worn out from use, or the elastic wears out from washing.
2. Consider the fabric Choose a fabric that will easily allow your skin to breathe by drawing the sweat away from your skin – this is called wicking. Fabrics that are known for wicking are Polyester, Spandex, and Lycra. Of course, you want to choose good quality brands that are durable to withstand your exercises.
Although 100% cotton workout gear may seem like a soft and comfortable choice, avoid wearing this fabric to the gym. Cotton absorbs moisture and doesn’t dry quickly, so your sweat will literally stick with you. It can become heavier, cause chills, skin irritations, breakouts, and cause friction in chafe-prone areas.
3. Not All Feet are Created Equal
A pair of workout shoes can either make or break a workout; and a pair that is right for you, might not be right for your best friend. It’s important to select quality sneakers that support your unique form, and make sure that you are choosing function over flash. There are a lot of “designer” workout shoes available that are supposed to offer a range of benefits from burning extra fat to aligning your joints, but this doesn’t necessarily make a pair of shoes appropriate for you. You are better off just choosing a good quality, basic shoe that will last and offer you the support and shock absorption that you need. Your feet will lengthen when pressure is applied to them during a workout and may swell slightly, so it is important that you find a shoe that offers extra room for this movement. Look for shoes that are form fitting on the sides of your feet, but have an extra inch of room between the end of your big toe and the front of your shoe. The top of the shoes should not feel as though they are pressing down on the tops of your feet, and there should be no pain anywhere on your feet when you walk, run or jump. If you are going to take part in any activity that places a large amount of shock on your body, like running, it is always a good idea to have a professional assess your needs and recommend an appropriate shoe.
There are a lot of great accessories designed to enhance your workout. This tool helps you track your intensity and effort during class workouts and measures your total calories burned.
Your smartphone can be a huge help when it comes to exercise. From music to your fitness apps, it can help keep your momentum going throughout your workout.
Hydration is the key to success when it comes to exercising! Stay happy and hydrated at the gym!