While it is not super important to make a fashion statement while at the gym, you should still be mindful as to what clothes you decide to wear during your workouts as it can greatly affect both your routine and hygiene.
In the midst of piecing together an exercise wardrobe, you probably have one qualification in mind – comfort. Wearing comfortable and agreeable clothing during workouts will definitely make for easier sessions, but there are many other factors to consider. Here are a few helpful tips to consider while searching for exercise attire.
Trade Cotton For Spandex
Cotton is one of the most commonly used fabric in the clothing industry, and its workout attire tends to be a bit less expensive than those made of spandex. I’ll be honest; cotton is breathable and will absorb sweat to some degree. However, it may not be the best choice for an intense day at the gym. Although cotton will soak up some perspiration, it will likely leave you with an uncomfortably sticky and heavy damp feeling as it tends to retain moisture often resulting in a foul odor. You may also find yourself having to nurse a skin irritation or some kind of fungal or bacterial infection. Better options to choose from are spandex, nylon, and polyester – these fabrics will make for better air circulation and dry your clothes a lot faster.
Go For Full Leggings
Leggings are a go-to for many occasions, especially for a good workout. The gym can potentially be a dangerous place with so many people, machines, and free weights hanging about, so it is safer to wear tight fitting clothing versus baggy ones to avoid snagging onto something and having an accident. Leggings specifically designed for exercise are quite convenient as the stretchy material allows for a full range of motion, and the comfortable compression will hold your body tight during movement to avoid any jiggling.
Wear a Snug Top
Baggy T-shirts may be tempting to wear to the gym, but you may want to save them for your grocery store runs. Baggy t-shirts provide little support and can grab a hold to the machine next to you without you even noticing. Choosing a snug but comfortable top that covers your midriff will protect you from unnecessary injury and from exposing too much skin during workouts.
Choose Shoes to Support Your Workout
If you are a runner, you will need running shoes. If you are looking to do some cross-training, you will need to choose shoes with lateral support. Exercising with the wrong shoe type can cause unfortunate injury and painful blisters on the feet. Socks are also vital for foot health. Choosing a fitting pair of sticky socks designed for exercise will prevent any slipping or falling and soak up perspiration to prevent fungal infections.
Also, remember to never repeat your gym clothes before giving them a proper wash. This will ward off odor-producing bacteria. Always choose clothes that allow for free movement while helping you to stay modest in the process.