Whether you’re a gym junkie or just starting out on your fitness journey and equally serious about hitting fitness goals this year, you are going to want to get the right fit for it. But just how do you find the perfect one in the sea of women’s gym wear?
The rise of ‘athleisure’ (athletic apparel which people can don even in non-athletic settings) for all kinds of active lifestyles and sports have provided numerous options that go beyond the standard leggings and sports bra. From the type of material it is made of, down to the fit, and cut – all these details make a crucial impact on your overall performance and workout confidence.
Here are a few helpful tips to consider when choosing the best workout clothes that won’t disappoint.
- Material matters
Activewear is an investment. The old adage, “You get what you pay for” will ring true especially in this department as women’s high-quality activewear will often not come at a cheap price. So, you’ll want to invest in activewear made with quality material that lasts you a long time and definitely one that serves its purpose, which is to ultimately amp up your confidence and focus during exercise.
For maximum comfort, it is best to avoid cotton. Cotton absorbs sweat, becomes heavy when wet, and creates friction against the skin especially during a heavy workout. Instead, go for moisture-wicking, smooth, and anti-chafing materials like polyester or spandex, or even a combination of both. They are non-absorbent, breathable, and offers an unrestricted range of motion.
- Get the support you need
Choose activewear that provides the support you need. Just as there are a range of shoes designed specifically for running, and training, there are also a variety of women’s sports bras and leggings with a range of coverage that are built with different functions in mind.
There are 3 main impact levels: low, medium, and high support in relation to sizing, compression, encapsulation, and style.
Low-impact sports bras are perfect for people with cup sizes from A to D, provided that they are only engaged with activities with a low degree of bouncing or gentle activities will often fall under light support. The same is true for breathable leggings or shorts.
Activities: Yoga, pilates, walking
Medium-impact sports bras and leggings will come with an extra level of compression as it’s designed for a snugger fit and support for more medium-demanding sports or activities.
Activities: Road cycling, skiing, hiking
High-impact sports bras and leggings are designed for higher-intensity trainings like running, boxing, weightlifting, and the likes. Sports bras of this support will have stronger straps to better compresses you in all the right places.
Activities: Running, High-intensity workouts
Variations for leggings and shorts
Like sports bras, leggings and shorts offer a variety of coverage, compressions, and fabric too. Determining the level of support you need will also help you find the qualities you need for leggings and shorts.
For example, higher compression leggings and shorts will be more appropriate for activities that require stretching or squatting. Aim for squat-proof” material, meaning fabric that won’t become see through or worse, give way when over-stretched. Good compression leggings or shorts should also help support your muscle and joints during intense lifting or movement.
Lastly, do not forget to aim for the right size and coverage you need. The last thing you will want to worry about are sagging shorts or shorts the ride up constantly, awkward wedgies, and dreadful camel toes.
The best way to ensure you are getting the support you need is to test the garment in-store by jumping or running in place. When purchasing online, reaching out to the brand’s customer service, or going through customer reviews may help you get a more informed decision.
- Be Weather-proof
With variables that are beyond our control like the weather conditions wherever you take your athletic endeavors, there are also a range of activewear designed to weather-proof your performance. Winter and outdoor sports activewear are more technical and made with more coverage.
Consider the following weather-proofing qualities:
- Water repellent
- Match your style
The oversaturated market of women’s activewear have thrown trendy and flashy designs all over the market. Try to find a more sustainable option for yourself. If you do not see yourself sporting the same activewear set years down the line, you are probably better without it.
Go for activewear sets with the right colors, cuts, or designs that best reflects and complements your personal style. After all, the best activewear in the market will always be the one that makes you feel comfortable, confident, and strong during your workout.
When it comes to choosing the perfect activewear, comfort, support, and durability is key. These three qualities will make or break your performance and confidence while performing different activities.
Also, don’t forget to include a good pair of insoles to your shoes to keep from injuries and stay comfortable while working out, in addition to choosing your clothes properly.