Research has shown wearing the right clothing for the right type of working out can make or break your workout success. it has been found that although cotton is breathable and great it also absorbs sweat and doesn’t get rid of it thus making you feel even sweater and hotter in the process. The best clothes to wear when your working out inside are those that are going to whisk moisture away from your body and keep you cool such as clothes made of
Scenario 1: Right Clothes, right workout
You’re finally motivated to start your new workout plan. Maybe you even purchased some kick ass looking workout clothes for the occasion. You look great and feel great. As you progress through your workout you start getting super sweaty and your thinking, “my god did someone turn up the heat in here?”. Your shirt is sopping wet and making you feel a lot hotter/heavier than you are, your new pants are not helping out the situation. Finally after just being too hot you call your workout quits.
What went wrong? Wearing the wrong materials or types of clothing based on the style of the workout you are doing can really mess up your plans and ultimately the success of your workout. I know, that sound silly but it is really true. Good news is that today there are so many options for workout clothes that are fashionable but more importantly functional too…
- Choose the right fabric. Your best bet is to look for a material that is moisture wicking meaning it will wick away that sweat while still remaining dry and cool allowing you to spend time focusing on your workout not how your clothes are doing a disservice. Synthetic materials or blends are great in this case. As is bamboo, anything that says “dri-fit” or “cool-max”.
- Wear the right type of clothes based on your workout. For instance if you are doing yoga wearing looser fitting pants and a breathable tank top will keep you comfortable. However if you are cycling long pants can be a hazard as they could get stuck in the pedals so cycling shorts or capri’s would be a better alternative.
- Look for the level of support you need in clothing. First and foremost you just want to make sure you are comfortable and distraction free. So make sure your clothing works for you… find a sports bra with good support for your needs, look to compression clothing which has been shown to improve circulation and even quicken the muscle recovery process!
Scenario 2: Right shoes, right workout
You are running on the treadmill practicing for an upcoming half marathon, your toes start feeling numb and your outside of your foot is throbbing to the point you can’t bear it anymore and your workout is cut short. What the heck just happened?
Like clothing, shoes play a huge part of your workout success. Wearing worn out shoes or shoes inappropriate for the type of workout your doing can not only lead to unnecessary discomfort but can actually pose as a safety hazard.
How can you tell what shoe to get?
- Define what types of workouts you do most of the time. Are you a runner? Aerobics more your style? Or maybe cycling…. step etc. You need to understand what movement you do often so you can pick the right level of shoe support. Like is you do a mix of weights, aerobics, running etc a cross trainer is most likely going to be best for you. Buying your shoes at a good store is recommended as you can talk with an expert to really help you figure out what is going to be best for your level of activity.
- Go shoe shopping toward the end of the day. Did you know that our feet can swell up to half a shoe size over the course of the day? Going toward the end of the day ensures you won’t end up with too small a size. Another recommendation is to go based on when you workout. So if you workout in the evenings go at night or if you are an early bird go in the morning.
- Get the right fit. Nothing is worse than wearing a shoe where your big toe is touching the top. Or your running and your heel keeps slipping off. Make sure you take time to test out moves in your shoe before buying it. Try pointing and flexing or standing on the balls of your feet, jumping etc. Make sure the shoe fits and isn’t slipping anywhere or too tight.
- Be prepared to ditch your shoe 3-6 months from now. Shoes will tend to wear out after about 500 miles are put on them…. depending on your routine this may be 6 plus months from now or as little as 3. Be prepared to get new shoes if you notice the heel is uneven from wear or there are other wearing signs.
As you can see wearing the right types of clothes can really help you make your workouts a success. By taking the time initially to pick the right clothes and shoes you will be happier, be able to stay focused on the workout and get so much more out of the whole experience distraction free.