Forget fancy name brands and trendy fits: active wear that wears well are designed to make physical activity comfortable.
Did you know that what you wear can make a difference in how you feel before, during and afterward your work out? Here are some important factors that affect the comfort of your workout clothes including fabric and fit for the specify activity you plan on doing. Keep them in mind when choosing active wear and you will not go wrong choosing a workout outfit.
1. Pick the right fabrics.
Did you know some fabric is designed to wick sweat away from your skin and others are designed to absorb sweat?
Choosing clothes that are made of wicking material will help keep you comfortable throughout your workout. Because the fabric “wicks” the sweat away from your skin, it will evaporate more quickly, keeping your body cool.
Polypropylene, SUPPLEX® and COOLMAX® are materials that help wick sweat from the skin without soaking your clothes with sweat.
Don’t like synthetic materials? Consider cotton.
While they absorb your sweat and do not “wick” it away from the skin, cotton is generally a comfortable and durable material.
Avoid clothes that don’t “breathe.”
Rubber- or plastic-based materials will not allow your sweat to evaporate and could elevate your body temperature, making it very uncomfortable to work out.
2. The Fit should fit your activity.
You need your workout clothes to fit correctly or you could spend the majority of your workout adjusting your pants instead of doing what you came to do — burn calories.
Think loose and comfortable, but keep in mind if you’re biking or running, you will want to avoid loose-fitting bottoms or wide-leg pants as they could get tangled under foot or in the pedals.
If you are participating in an activity like Pilates or yoga, fitted, stretchy fabrics that are wicking work well.
Generally speaking, you want comfortable clothes that won’t get in the way of the activity.
3. Change with the seasons.
Just like your other outfits, workout clothes should adjust with the season.
During hot weather, make sure your clothes are breathable and wicking. Choose clothing that is cool and allows you to freely move. If you’re working out outdoors, don’t forget sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
During cooler months, dress warmly while keeping in mind your heart rate and temperature will rise as your activity level increases. If you’re working out outdoors, dress in layers that you can peel off as you warm up. Keep the sweat-wicking clothes on the innermost layer, closest to your skin. Wear insulating layers on top of that and always cover your head, hands and ears to protect them from the cold.