Fitness Apparel: General Info
Workout clothes: choose comfort over looking good
The plethora of choices offered by the fitness fashion industry ought not to detract from comfort, which should remain the main focus when considering what to wear when working out. Clothing that is too tight or constricting isn’t an appropriate choice, no matter how attractive it may be. Poorly constructed or ill-fitting clothing can restrict your range of movement, preventing you from fully engaging in your exercise regimen. A great fit and high-quality material are the primary considerations when measuring the suitability of a workout outfit. Look for clothing that is flexible. You should be able to move and breathe freely without feeling bound by your choice of clothing. Find items that are made especially for the types of exercise in which you are engaging. Breathability of the fabric is another key factor. Cotton might be comfortable and stretchable, but it might not work so well for a sweat-intensive activity.
What is the best material for sports apparel?
Fitness clothing can be made of any number of synthetic materials. One such material, CoolMax, is made to aid in the evaporation of sweat and quick cooling; it is functional under warmer clothing as well as for running and workouts in the gym. Lycra is meant to be close-fitting and stretchy, yet maintain its own shape; it is ideal for swim wear, and often added to other fabrics in order to enhance their stretchiness. Fleece is soft, lightweight, and designed to insulate without making you feel too heavy or bulky; it is quick-drying and water-resistant. Phase change materials absorb and release body heat in order to keep a constant body temperature; they are found in many outerwear products. Supplex is soft and comfortable, but also durable and fast-drying; it is frequently combined with other synthetic fibers to improve stretchiness and durability, and can be found in anything from lightweight fitness clothing to outerwear. Organic-cotton is a popular choice for yoga and pilates practitioners.
The most important considerations in fit and material selection should be the appropriateness of a particular item for the activity you will be pursuing. Cold-weather activities, for example, have their own set of clothing requirements.