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October 3, 2010 at 12:00 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Optimizing Your Workout Wardrobe

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There are many aspects to a successful workout. You are most likely planning out which exercises you will do, how they will be performed, the length of the routine, and your diet. But, what about your wardrobe? What you wear while exercising is an essential part of the overall experience. If you are restricted in any way, you might not get the maximum benefits from the workout. Here are some suggestions for choosing the best wardrobe when planning your next exercise session.

Comfort

The main thing to keep in mind when selecting a workout outfit is comfort. Generally, loose fitting clothes are the most comfortable, but some people feel better wearing tighter clothes, such as tights or stretch pants. It is all about what works for you, and it helps to try the outfits before you exercise in them. Make sure they do not cause discomfort when you move, or make breathing more difficult. Based on the most popular clothing selections, it seems that tee shirts, shorts, and sweat pants are at the top of the list. Which ones you wear will depend on the activity you are doing. For example, it is a good idea to wear lighter colored clothing when walking or running outside to protect yourself from the sun and stay cooler. A hat, natural sunscreen, and sunglasses also help when exercising outdoors. At night, bright colors and reflectors should be worn for safety reasons.

Function

Besides style and comfort, it is important that your workout clothes are functional. Again, this is based on the activity or type of exercise. Footwear is a major component in any wardrobe, and you want to choose the shoes designed especially for your workout needs. Runners and walkers have a variety of shoes available to them, and weightlifters can use a cross training shoe, as well as a running or walking shoe. Socks should be the right size and made from material that does not irritate or aggravate your skin when you perspire. If they are too thin, you might get blisters on your feet, which will slow down your workout considerably. There are many different kinds of socks for purchase, and as with most other forms of clothing, some will last longer than others.

Things to Remember

When you exercise, your clothing should never make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. In fact, the distraction of concentrating on what you are wearing or worrying about it will be counterproductive to what you are trying to achieve in the first place. Everyone is different and you do not want to compare your clothes to what other people have. Whether you are doing yoga or an intense weight training program, take the time to plan ahead and match your clothes to the fitness activity. Above all, wear clothes that will allow you to enjoy your workouts and boost your confidence. They do not have to be the "latest trends" as long as they work for you.

Sources: http://exercise.about.com/cs/exbeginners/a/whattowear.htm

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