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Choosing the right fitness clothing
If you are just starting a new health or fitness regime, then you will have to think carefully about finding the right clothing for your workout. There are so many different clothes available that it can be hard to find the right set for your fitness program, but there are a few things that you can do in order to make sure that the clothes you choose are well-fitting, perfect for your workout, and practical for use in a public place. It is usually best to avoid clothing with logos or branded marks on them, and instead go for something which will be comfortable during your workout.
Avoid loose clothing – it can be tempting to just use old clothes or some sloppy or baggy trousers and t-shirts, but this is the worst thing that you can do. These unattractive items make you feel depressed, and certainly not in the mood to start working on your fitness. In addition, if you are planning to use gym equipment for your exercises, and are wearing loose-fitting clothing, then you carry the slight risk that you might become caught on the machines, risking injury. It is important to remember that your gym equipment, including weights and multi-gyms, are all machines, and this makes your loose clothing a risk.
Choose suitable clothing - some types of fitness clothing will not be suitable for specific exercises. So while cycling shorts might be perfect for riding, they might not be ideal in a gym setting. While yoga pants might look like cycle-shorts, they are not padded, and this means that they are not suitable for endurance rides. Tight-fitting clothes which are designed for use in the gym will not be suitable for wearing while running, and if you buy clothes which leave a lot of skin exposed, you won't be protected from cold weather, rain or winds. On the other hand, large items of clothing, suitable for running, might make you uncomfortable the gym. Consider your workout plan before you choose what clothing to wear.
Get support - modern fitness clothing will often have additional support features that help to keep you in good shape when you work out. So some Lycra materials will compress muscles in order to prevent them from becoming strained. Compression garments, including full tights, socks and shorts, can help you when you are starting in training, and could ensure that you don't suffer injury at the start of your workout program. Compression garments can also help you if you suffer from a specific problem, such as arthritis, and can help you overcome pain.
Use technology – there’s a lot of different types of fitness apparel out there today, use the one that has the best technology for your workout routine, this can include antimicrobial materials, materials that are wicking are also useful to get moisture, like sweat, away from your body.
The right footwear – possibly the single most important piece of equipment you’ll purchase. The shoes you wear for workouts can be a burden or a blessing. Your shoes should be made to cater to your workouts, so running shoes have shock absorbers, while cross-training shoes might help you to manage on more complex gym machines, stationary bikes or weight machines.