5 Tips for choosing good workout clothes

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 28, 2015

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  • Don't wear sloppy clothes.
  • Pick the right bottoms.
  • Go sleeveless.
  • Invest in a good sports bra.

While we exercise, we want to look sexy and stylish, yet at the same time be able to move and stretch. That’s when choosing good workout clothes becomes difficult. If you think style and practicality doesn’t go along, well it does. Keep reading this list of 5 tips for choosing good workout clothes and you’ll know how! There are just a few basic tips and tricks to keep in mind when shopping for workout clothes and once you get those down pat, you'll be surprised by how sexy yet fully functional your workout gear will be! Here's to choosing good workout clothes and having a fabulous workout!

Workout Clothes

Avoid Sloppy Clothes

Most people tend throw on the first thing they find on the closet floor. Those old sweats, baggy shorts, ripped up t-shirts, or stretched out PJ pants are NOT good options for working out! They will not only drag your workout morale low, but you will see yourself so un-sexy that you won’t be pumped about your performance. Besides that, wearing workout gear that is old or clothes that aren't even meant to be worn at the gym can be dangerous too. Baggy clothes can catch on weights or treadmills and cause you to trip or fall or drop something. And clothes that are stretched out won't give you the support you need in certain areas of your body.

Choose the Right Bottoms

You should choose your workout clothes keeping in mind the type of exercise you will be doing. For running, jogging, cycling or any other type of exercise that involves a lot of leg usage, you'll want shorts or capris that fit well and aren't loose or baggy. This way, they won't get in your way or catch on machines. For yoga, stretches, weight lifting or other types of exercise that don't involve cardio or rapid movement, a pair of gym pants or yoga pants with a slight flare at the bottom would be appropriate. Spandex or elastic ones are good because they fit well, show off your shape and are super comfortable.

Gym Clothes

Miss the Sleeves

The type of top you should choose to work out in, again depends on the workout regimen you have in mind for that day and the weather as well. Usually you should go with a sleeveless top because it is more comfortable. Sleeveless tops don't trap sweat against your body and they are cooler in the hot months, you can still wear a sleeveless top in the winter since most gyms are heated. Just wear a light jacket over your top until you start to warm up, and then shed it. If you absolutely want a sleeve, don't go for anything heavy or super long. Keep the material light and the sleeve generally short to keep from hindering movement.

Buy a Good Sports Bra

If you ladies would ask us about the one ultimate tip about choosing good workout clothes, it's this one right here! Invest your money in a good sports bra. It doesn't have to be an expensive one, but a bra that supports your girls and holds them in place will do a lot for you. If your chest is supported firmly and held into place, your breasts and back will ache much less. And besides, you don’t want the world to look at you while you are jogging with your breasts jiggling everywhere.

Sports Bra

Wear Good Shoes

For runners and people who do sprints, the right shoes can make a world of difference. But even if you just lift weights, shoes that provide right amount of support and cushioning can alleviate back pressure and give you more stability and traction. Again, you don't have to spend a fortune, but do find a pair of shoes that fit you well and offer support. You can often find name brand sports shoes on sale. Check online and in stores to compare prices and at the ends of seasons when deals will be the hottest.

When choosing good workout clothes, don’t forget the "fun" items! By this we mean, cute water bottles, a nice gym bag, colourful phone covers and ear-buds, a nice stopwatch, or whatever other little things you fancy. And always keep gym bag essentials on hand.

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