What Do I Need To Get Fit - Clothing

If you’re new to the world of fitness, you probably have a lot of questions about what you need to get started. Possibly the most important question is, of course, what do I wear? When choosing clothes to exercise in, there are a lot of things to think about, and a lot of options out there with great marketing strategies.

The Basics

First of all, no matter what clothes you use, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and get out there and exercise. If it’s an old ratty T-shirt you got for free at the last college event and a pair of basketball shorts you’ve had since middle school, power to you. Rock that T and break a sweat.

The rest of article will walk you through taking the next step and investing in some gear that will keep you feeling good throughout your fitness journey.

What You Need

Ideally, when getting fitness gear, every piece of attire you’re wearing should be aimed towards exercise. That includes of course your shirt, shoes, shorts and pants, but we can’t forget about underwear, socks, Fitness Trackers, and even outerwear for the cold weather. Having dedicated workout clothes helps prevent bacteria growth on your other clothes, and ensures that you’re as comfortable as possible while exercising.

Material

When it comes to workout clothes, cotton is not your friend. Cotton will absorb sweat, keeping it close to the body. You’ll stay wet longer, leading to chafing and a increased potential illness due to changes in temperature and accumulated bacteria. Instead, go for synthetic materials that can both breathe and wick away sweat, keeping your body cool, dry and clean. This breathability and ability to wick away sweat is potentially most important for undergarments like socks, underwear, and sports bras, where bacteria can collect more and has a higher potential to lead to health issues.

Despite common perception as purely for cold weather gear, wool can also be a great option. With newer production processes, thin and breathable wool clothing has been created which perform just as well as synthetics.

Weather

If you’re going out for a run or getting your heart rate up, whether it’s summer or winter, it’s important to dress according to the day’s weather. As soon as you get up to pace, your body will warm up with the exertion, and you’ll feel a difference. The key is to dress like it’s 10 degrees warmer than it is, and although you’ll be colder in your warm-up, your body will thank you when you’re fully into your workout. With any outerwear you choose, like sweaters and jackets, make sure that they also fit the material guidelines discussed above. Running in the rain with a windbreaker jacket might be great to keep you dry, but if you choose one that doesn’t breathe, you can overheat and risk injury or illness. Finding a balance can be difficult but with new clothing technologies being developed, there are options for everything.

Fit

Make sure you double check the size and fit of anything you decide to buy. Exercising in ill fitting clothing can be uncomfortable and lead to chafing, bouncing, sticking, blisters, and just an all around bad time. Try on as much as you can before you purchase, and make sure there’s a good return or exchange policy with any retailer you shop with.

Cost

When going out to buy fitness apparel, all of the major sport clothing brands have great options. For buying any clothing, cost is always an issue, and it can really add up for fitness gear. Take your time to do some research and cost comparisons to find the best options for you.

Whichever brand, material, or style you choose, you can use your new workout clothes as an excuse to exercise! Wear your new gear proudly as you walk, run, and lift your way to fitness.