By Guest Blogger: Alyssa Berman
Buying workout clothing can be stressful and confusing or exciting and fun. We’re here to help you make it the latter.
When choosing exercise wear, there are a few key things to acknowledge before dropping a hefty amount on a pair of leggings or a cute sports bra, we’ve outlined the top five to help you make an informed decision.
Know your Activity
First things first- know what workout you’re buying for. There is a PLETHORA of workout clothing geared towards different activities. Not all workouts are created equally. If you know you’re a running freak, buy clothing specifically designed for this activity. More of a yoga nerd? Find the clothes that allow you to breathe and won’t interrupt your moment of Zen. Keep in mind your exercise of choice when making your purchase.
Working out can be painful enough- why go through the added stress of uncomfortable clothing restricting you? We all know that fashion is pain- but, for the sake of your exercise regime, take that thought out of your head. Make sure to try on any clothing you’re considering purchasing. Those sparkly wool tights may look really nice online, but wearing them to hot yoga is going to be a hell of a bad time.
Check for Wicking Ability
So we’ve gotten the two basics out of the way- time for the technical stuff. Wicking Ability is hands down one of the most important aspects of good work out gear. When searching the store for the right pair of pants or workout shirt, check the tags for these materials:
Each of these materials are specifically designed to wick away sweat from your body, allowing you to keep your cool during workouts and not have baggy, soaking wet material stuck on your skin.
It is important in working out to feel clean and stay smelling somewhat pleasant, especially if you are sharing your exercise space with other individuals. If you are participating in a highly active exercise routine, you may want to check your sportswear for the addition of antibacterial polymers. This technology helps fight bacteria growth and minimizes odor during and after your workout.
Compression wear has gained popularity in the sportswear industry due to its ability to not only look sleek and keep the wearer comfortable but for its physiological benefits as well. Compression clothing is designed to keep the muscles warm to prevent or reduce muscle strain. This clothing is also beneficial in helping relieve muscles from stiffness and pain post workout. If you are looking for a material to help wick sweat, keep you either warm or cool, and keep you comfortable, compression sportswear is an excellent choice of something to look for when buying workout clothing.
We hope this guide of what to look for when buying exercise clothing helped take the confusion out of your shopping experience. Just remember that your work out belongs to you, whatever your body feels comfortable in, on the inside and out, is the most important factor to consider!
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