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Dress for (fitness) Success

This is a guest post by Vicky Dean…



Many people do not give much thought to what they will wear during exercise. For most it is a simple case of pulling on an old, slightly worn out, t-shirt and pair of shorts or jogging bottoms.

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This is OK as a short term solution but if you are serious about exercise or if you are undertaking a certain sport then you need to make sure that the clothes you are wearing are not restricting your performance. Different types of exercise and sports, as well as the different seasons that you do them in, will require very different types of clothing. Let’s take a look at some of the most important considerations when choosing your sportswear.


Warmth: During winter many people make the mistake of not altering what they wear during exercise whether that is running or cycling and so on. They simply think that they will soon warm up and that will be enough. Actually, you should find a top or sports jacket that is made from a breathable material such as polyester.

This way you will be initially protected from the biting cold but still be cool when you do start to sweat. If you are doing indoor exercise then wear a hoody or sweat top until you warm up and then take it off and tie it around your waist. All in all go for breathable and cool clothing and layer it up. Invest in a good exercise hat and pair of gloves if you primarily exercise outdoors, you will definitely feel the benefits!

Comfort: Comfort is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing exercise clothes. If you are uncomfortable when you are exercising then you are likely to do the exercise wrong or be put off doing it all together. Make sure that you choose the right size of clothing and not something that is to small and tight.

When you initially try your clothes on in the shop try stretching in different directions and see how the clothes move. By doing this you will soon realise if your t-shirt rides up or if your jogging bottoms fall to low down when bending to stretch. This will save you making the discovery in the gym or out on the field when it is to late.

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Protection: It is especially important for ladies to find the right kind of sports bra otherwise they can cause themselves damage. They come in many different styles such as with or without under wire and padding. They will usually have an impact rating too such as for “moderate exercise” and “high impact exercise”. Some will even specify what sports they are best for to help you pick the right one.

Overall, you should choose appropriate, comfortable, protective and cool clothing to wear during exercise!

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