How often was it say, three or four years ago, to see gym goers and exercisers wear the frumpiest T-shirt and the most unflattering sweats to workout for an hour or so? Enter 21st century however, and the idea of looking like a mess while exercising is almost blasphemy, so more and more people are choosing to wear activewear beyond the gym.
Activewear is being given the spotlight and the designs being produced by hundreds of sportswear brands for different body shapes performing every form of exercise are so palpably abundant, we are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the right sportswear for us.
Investing in good activewear does not mean you have to buy the most expensive yoga pants, rather, it is about finding the pieces that will serve you well when you are exercising. So how important is good activewear when you are working out? Let me indulge you.
Workout clothes are washed repeatedly and often after only being worn once. Sweat patches, movements that stretch the material of your clothes, and with so much usage overall, having sportswear that can handle all of this is essential so that you can avoid having to invest in new clothing every few months. No one has time for that.
Good activewear is made with technical fabric that is there to help you regulate your body temperature more easily so that you can feel cooler in a shorter time span (when you are working out in very warm temperatures especially.) Technical fabrics are also quick drying, unlike normal clothes made with materials such as cotton, which will absorb the sweat and soak the heck out of your tights, shirt or tank.
There’s a reason why there are so many different types of sneakers, sports bras, pants and shorts – and that is because our body shape and the exercise we are performing require different active gear. Ladies, the right sports bra for your bust will give you the support you need and help to reduce the amount of stretch marks that can show up in this area. And lads, you don’t need me to tell you that the right shorts will make sure you’ve got breathing and “general” space.
Having good activewear means being less prone to injuries. Wearing yoga pants, rather than loose fitting sweats, will prevent your trousers from getting caught in the chain when you are cycling and the right sneakers for the shape of your foot will help you to run, box, or dance better and prevent injuries such as knee pain or ankle twists. Don’t risk it with cheap imitations.
Let’s face it, we all need a push to workout sometimes and when the activewear we invest in suits our sense of style, when it is comfortable and it makes us feel good, then it’s easier for us to head to the gym or go for a run in public. That over sized shirt and breaking down pair of runners aren’t helping anyone.
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