How To Choose Workout Gear
Workout Gear sounds complicated, right? It isn’t, it’s what you are wearing when you workout or go the gym, from clothes to shoes to support wear. I know many people who think it isn’t important, I have a friend who wears pajamas to workout on the treadmill (totally crazy). I am going to break it all down for you. What you should be wearing and why it matters.
The Workout Gear You Need
Sports Shoes, Kicks, Sneakers
One of the top complaints I hear from trainers is that their clients wear the wrong shoes or old shoes. There are different sneakers for every sport and workout. Why? because your needs are different for each workout. They are made for the specific support for the activity.
For example, Runners land more on the front of their foot while walking requires more heel support. Cross-trainers let you do a variety of exercise but aren’t recommended for running.
Workout shoes should be used only for your workout.
Should have a firm heel and good arch support.
Typically have a raised heel that helps you stay stationary.
Ankle support is a must and good traction because that allows for short, fast movement
Support For Women (sports bras)
Having a good sports bra is so necessary and it’s not a one size fits all situation. They should have a snug band and straps. You should not be able to pull it more than an inch from your body.
Why do you need it? Breasts are supported by fat tissue and ligaments that aren’t overly strong. Intense activity or bounce cause the ligaments to stretch and when that happens they will stay that way causing the dreaded sag.
Support For Men
Well, there is some debate on this. Of course, men want to protect the family jewels but most aren’t wearing cup support to the gym. The general consensus is they are mainly necessary to sports like Football and Baseball. If you aren’t going that route I suggest boxer briefs.
We couldn’t round off our Workout Gear topic without touching on the clothes. We have all seen the cutie patooties at the gym in their super cute coordinated outfits. We judge them and say I’m not gonna spend all that money to just sweat and stink it up.
I hear ya, I thought the same thing for awhile and donned my sweats and oldest, biggest t-shirt I could find. There actually may be some very good reasons for what you are seeing at the treadmill next to you! Workout clothes that are too heavy just raise your body temperature and you want it to stay as cool as possible.
You should be wearing lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton, lycra. The other thing is you want your workout clothes to not get in your way hence, those teeny running shorts. You need freedom of movement!
There are those swearing by Compression Workout Gear. Heck swimmers swear by them. The purpose of this fabric technology is to aid your muscles in quicker recovery. Eh, I didn’t have that experience but I have been wrong at least once.
In conclusion, having the right workout gear can help prevent injury and make working out more comfortable! What are you wearing to your workout?