Do you know that the clothes you wear can impact how you feel during and after a workout? They can actually make much more of a difference than you think. There are a number of factors you should consider when selecting the right fitness clothing. In addition to the type of exercise you will be doing, the environmental factors are also crucial to consider when wanting to maximize the feel-good and overall benefits of your workout.
Workout Clothes: Types of Exercise and Types of Clothing These brief tips below should guide you in the decision-making process of selecting the most suitable clothing for different types of exercise: High Intensity: If you are about to do an intense cardio Freeletics workout, you should go for clothes that are comfortable yet won’t get in your way. Full-body exercises involve a lot of movement, therefore you don’t want to be fixing your clothes the entire time but you also don’t want them to lift up and annoy you either. Think snug, not tight and try doing a few exercises in them before you make your purchase. Low Intensity: For lower intensity training activities including pilates or yoga, materials that are elasticated, stretchy and well-fitted are most suitable. For both, remember to avoid pants or shorts that have a pocket or zipper on the back as this is likely to rub against your skin when doing situps. Running: It depends a little on whether you’re going for a long run or doing short, fast intervals, but in general we recommend at least one piece of clothing has a pocket for your key and phone. Tight, soft clothes are always a good choice and nothing too heavy.
Workout Clothes: Fabric Features It is important to know some basic properties of potential clothing materials. You’ll come to find that some fabrics absorb sweat whereas others are wicking and pull sweat away from the skin. Evaporating materials: Clothes that are constructed from polypropylene or COOLMAX® and SUPPLEX® are able to evaporate any sweat and move it away from the body. This type of material is ideal for training where you will be sweating considerably such as a Freeletics workout or interval training. Consider cotton: Try and stay away from cotton materials if you are going to be sweating a lot. Cotton tends to absorb any sweat and therefore after your workout your cotton shirt will be relatively heavy and wet as there is a limited evaporation process, this might not be the ideal situation when you still have a few miles to go on your run, for example. Best to save this for after your workout when your sweat start cooling and you want to stay warm. Breathability is key: Whenever you train, always avoid wearing rubber-based or plastic-based fabrics because these materials prevent evaporation (breathing) and therefore your body temperature will remain exceptionally high no matter what training you do.
Workout Clothes: Changing the Seasons Whether you are doing high-intensity or low-intensity training, environmental factors will undoubtedly influence which clothes you exercise in: Hot weather: In hot seasons, you will want clothes that remove as much sweat as possible from your body. Therefore, choose ‘breathable’ or wicking materials to avoid overheating. Cold weather: It is important to dress warmly when exercising in cold conditions but you should bear in mind that your body temperature will increase significantly. You should wear layers that are easy to remove and your inner layer should be made of a breathable material so that it easily evaporates the sweat. You should also have an insulating layer that can maintain heat to boost your body temperature – and always remember a warm jumper for afterwards. Wet or windy weather: Make sure you wear an outer layer that is ideally waterproof or windproof to protect your skin from the tough conditions.
Conclusion Whatever the exercise or environmental scenario, you have to wear clothes that you feel comfortable in. All of the factors discussed should be considered because you want to maximize the satisfaction of whatever exercise you complete, however, at the end of the day, your comfort level is the most important.