Important Things To Look for When Buying Exercise Apparel
You're in the market for some gym gear, but don't know where to start or what, exactly, to look for. Fair enough. Just like your cotton sweats will get soaked with sweat after an hour running on the treadmill, the market is saturated with workout apparel options -- most of which you actually won't need. This is because you only need to buy exercise gear for the activity (or activities) you plan to do. This means you don't need padded bike shorts if you never plan on cycling, and you don't need a competition swimsuit if doing laps isn't in your future. However, you may need a solid pair of running shorts or yoga capris.
The point is to buy gear that reflects your interests. Knowing what you want to do, first, will significantly narrow down your search. So, do you know what you want? Great! Let's start from there.
Grab Multi-Purpose Gear
The more wear you can get from your workout attire, the better. After all, you should only be investing in quality pieces that will outperform and outlast shoddy brands, so you want to get as much action from each item as possible. If you can wear your compression tights running and to yoga class, then you drastically reduce your cost per wear.
And it’s not only about what you can wear at the gym. Thanks to the sports luxe trend, you also want to be able to take your gear to the streets.
This tennis outfit from The Upside, for example, is functionally and fashionably cool if you hit the court -- and is stylish enough to even transition to the streets. Just add a cute jean or leather jacket and a pair of kitten heels! Likewise with those yoga tights. Select a pair that can go well with other items in your wardrobe, like a basic white tank, a faux fur vest, and pair of ballet flats. Basic black is always a solid place to start — and it doesn’t have to be boring. You can amp the style ante with mesh or cut-out detailing.
Get a Good Bra
Your sports bra is insanely important — especially if you do high impact activities like HIIT, running, kickboxing or aerobics. A sports bra is specially designed to keep the girls reigned in and under control. Not only will this save you a pain in your chest, but it can also spare you a pain in your neck, shoulders and back. After all, unharnessed breasts (especially larger breasts) can cause significant stress to your body. What’s more, unless you’re auditioning for Girls Gone Wild, most of us don’t want our breasts bouncing madly about. Properly supporting the girls can help you look more put-together and ease stress on muscles, ligaments and joints.
Buy What You Love
Finally, make sure you love the look of your workout gear. If you feel good about wearing your garb, you’ll be more likely to actually get your butt to the gym, or the studio — or wherever you need to go to get your sweat on. If your clothes make you feel dumpy and frumpy, on the other hand, your motivation will likely lack.