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This, of course, raises the question: Just what is flattering? That depends on your individual body shape and size, says Kase. As a general rule, though, she suggests that black shorts, a sports bra, and a colored top — lime green, soft pink, and shades of blue are in style right now — are a flattering choice for most women. Men tend toward black for their workout outfits, which is always a safe choice, says Lynne Brick, BSN, president, and owner of Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick’s Women’s Health & Fitness in Baltimore. “Everyone looks great in black, regardless of size, shape, or fitness level.”
Those who are not confident about their body images should look for workout clothes that provide good coverage, says Melissa Ediger, assistant product manager for New Balance fitness apparel.A short-sleeved shirt and mid-thigh-length shorts with a relaxed (but not oversized) fit are a good choice for men and women alike, she says. Heavyset people may experience leg chafing while working out, but wearing compression or bicycle-type shorts under a looser pair of shorts will eliminate this problem, Ediger says.
Aside from avoiding anything unflattering (there are usually lots of mirrors in a gym!), it’s a good idea to stay away from any outfit you don’t feel good about, says health educator Victoria Moran, author of Fit from Within: Simple Secrets to Change Your Body and Your Life.
“Exercise requires energy, and putting on the sweats you wore for three days straight when you broke up with your last boyfriend or girlfriend is an energy-zapper,” she says. After all, workout clothes serve both a practical and a psychological purpose. “On a practical level, you need special workout clothes simply because street clothes are either too constricting, or they’ll rip, or they’re made from non-breathable fibers,” Moran says. “But psychologically, you need special workout gear to convince yourself it’s time to work out.
Working out can go from a chore to a stylish and comfortable affair if you switch from uncomfortable exercise gear to the best exercise clothing for your body and activity types. Good exercise clothes can help you move easily, stay warm or cool, and look fashionable in the process. Knowing what materials and types of workout clothing are available can help you make an informed decision on what to wear.
Types of Exercise Clothing
There are as many types of exercise clothes as there are sports and activities. Choose attire that is designed for the activity you do. Try on the clothing and do some bending and stretching to make sure it will be comfortable to move in. Your workout clothes should be flexible while allowing your skin to breathe. You will most likely want to dress in layers for working out outdoors so you can remove clothing as needed when you warm up.
Your outer layer should help you stay warm while warming up and cooling down, and your inner layers can be sweat-wicking to prevent you from getting too hot during your workout. When exercising outdoors, also take the weather into consideration, with clothes that will keep you shielded from the elements, including the sun.
There are a variety of materials used for exercise clothing, which can offer benefits ranging from breathability to extra warmth in cold weather. Choose clothes with moisture-wicking fabrics that will keep your sweat away from your skin, helping you stay dry and preventing chafing. Moisture-wicking fabrics also help prevent hypothermia in winter, as sweat that stays on your body can turn to ice in cold temperatures.
You can find moisture-wicking clothes by looking for synthetic fabrics such as polyester and spandex, often marketed with terms such as “Dri-FIT,” “CLIMALITE” and “sweat-sweeping.” Avoid 100-percent cotton clothing, as it will get soaked from sweat. You can also choose fabrics with UV protection.
It is important to get shoes that are designed for your sport or activity. If you are a walker, for instance, you will need supportive shoes for walking, whereas if you are a runner, you will need shoes with support but that are more lightweight. Do your homework and research the shoe options for your sport. Take your exercise intensity, duration and frequency into account as well. For example, if you are a marathon runner, you will need more supportive shoes than a middle-distance runner, who would require lighter, faster shoes; and you’ll need to change out your shoes more often, as shoe soles and support wear out over time.
Sports bras can offer support and comfort while you exercise. As with other workout clothes, choose sports bars with some synthetic, moisture-wicking components. Make sure your sports bra is the right size for your chest and bust measurements, which you can determine with measuring tape or by being measured at a bra shop.
If you have a large bust, look for bras with extra support with features such as reinforcement stitching and fabric, full cups, thick bands, and fabric that is low in elasticity. If you want to avoid flattening your bust, on the other hand, you can find sports bras with padding or cups to help you avoid the “pancake” effect of flattening your bust.