When talking about workout and the suitable clothes to go with it, it is important to remember that it is not just about the flexibility of the clothes and freedom to move your body during exercising. Once you will finish your workout you will be sweaty, your lungs will be getting more oxygen as your blood circulation will still be fast as would be your heartbeat, and you will be in a state of exhaustion and euphoria at the same time. Now imagine how would you want your clothes to feel on your skin – easy and breathable or sticky and hot?
This means that while an amazingly comfortable pair of pants might be great for the process of working out, them sticking on your legs and making you feel annoyingly sweaty would cut the joy of exercise in half. If you have to travel back home after working out or it will take you time to shower after finishing your workout, then wearing the wrong kind of clothes can also give you skin problems and irritation. To avoid all such problems, here is a quick 3-point guide on how to choose the right workout clothes.
Choosing the right fabric:
What you want for your workout times is not some expensive brand that makes you look good. You need breathable synthetic fabric that may ‘wick’ the sweat away from your skin. Some renowned brands do produce clothes specifically for workout purposes and you can choose one among them if you wish to maintain your branded attire even in the gym. But your goal should be to choose a fabric that does not absorb the sweat produced during strenuous physical activity, rather keeps it away from your skin by allowing for air to pass through. That will help in quick evaporating of the moisture and keep your body cool and also relatively dry.
While cotton is comfortable in most cases, it is one of those types of fabrics that absorb sweat and therefore a cotton shirt might become and feel heavier with workout and hinder your exercise and also make you feel uncomfortable afterwards. Similarly, rubber-based clothes should be avoided, especially if you are in warmer climates as that will not only be problematic for the workout itself but it may cause other health problems as well by making your body temperature rise too much.
Choosing the right fit:
Just as it is important to choose the right kind of cloth, it is equally important that you choose the right size. While the wrong fabric will make it difficult for your skin to breathe and make you feel sweaty for longer, the wrong fitting of clothes can actually become the cause for a serious injury. Wearing shirts with sleeves that are too long can make it difficult for you to grip on the gym machines properly, and an oversized trouser might get in the way when you are running on the treadmill. On the other hand, if your clothes are too tight, they can be equally harmful as you can get skin rashes or they might be too inflexible for a comfortable workout altogether.
Then you also have to consider the type of workout that you are involved in. For running or high intensity workouts you would be better off with slightly loose fitted clothes that allow for quicker and easier movement. For yoga or Pilates etc. you will be better off with stretchable yet skinny clothes that do not fold under you when you sit or lie down and do not hinder in your workout. Then there is the factor about machines you are using. While some companies like UrbanFit produce fitness equipment that already accounts for the level and intensity of impact on the user, a regular gym equipment might also require additional effort or attention. So do remember to dress for the weather, for the type of workout, and for the tools you will be employing for your workout.
Be adaptable to weather and to your own body shape:
Warmer summer months require breathable clothes but colder weathers necessitate protection from the chill outside. When you finish your workout, your body temperature might be too high for you to feel cold, but if you step out in thin clothes into extreme cold, you would risk serious exposure to your muscles and skin. Alternatively, your gym air conditioner might make it easier for you to wear thicker fabrics while working out, but once you are done and already hot and sweaty, warmer clothes will only be detrimental to the benefits of the workout and your health in general. Same goes for the actual seasonal changes, not just stepping in and out of the gymnasiums. Keep that in mind while choosing your workout clothes.
Working out puts your entire body into tough activity, which means that it is not just the shirts, pants and shorts that you need to be mindful about, but in fact you need to be attentive to your shoes, gloves, and undergarments as well. Wear comfortable and flexible clothes in all the layers you are putting on. Another thing that might behoove you while making your choice of workout clothes would be bright colors. You might have noticed that most workout clothes come in bright and dark colors, but there is an actual science behind it. Sharp and bright colors have a psychological impact on mood. A better mood brings more energy, which then helps in building and maintaining higher endurance, which ultimately leads to a more effective workout.