Finding the right fitness apparel depends on what activity you are planning to undertake. You also have to consider whether you plan to exercise in doors or outdoors. The time of year makes a big difference and of course, your own tastes and preferences.
No matter what activity you plan there is one basic essential that you must bear in mind. Fitness apparel must be flexible. It must stretch. The waist band should not be rigid. There should be no tight seams that limit movement.
Knit fabrics are generally more flexible than woven fabrics and so are the most common type of fabric for fitness apparel. A simple cotton knit might be adequate but it tends to lose its shape after a time.
You need your fitness apparel to stretch and then regain its shape. Specialist fabrics are designed to do this. There will usually be a proportion of Lycra in the yarn to give it more stretch and enable it to regain its shape.
Sometimes old cotton sweats are all we need for comfortable exercise. But cotton is poor at wicking away sweat. Cotton tends to absorb sweat. For heavy exercise fitness apparel that is made of material with good wicking properties is preferable. Modern fabrics are designed to do this and are greatly superior to cotton when it comes to keeping the body fresh and dry.
Cotton comes into its own in exercises such as yoga. Leggings that are made of smooth fabric can make it difficult to assume some yoga positions. A pair of loose cotton pants may be better suited to yoga.
Women should always wear a sports bra for any fitness activity. A sports bra is more effective than an ordinary bra and offers more support. They have wider straps for comfort and have no underwiring. If you think they look unsexy then go for one that can be worn on its own when choosing your fitness apparel.
You need to have a good body to wear revealing fitness apparel. But if you want to hide an overweight body then chose something that covers the body. Do not go for a loose fit. A loose garment will simply flap about and get in the way when you are exercising.
Fitness apparel can flatter by the way that it is cut and by the use of colors. Matching top and pants or leggings will minimise your figure. Panels of contrasting color down the sides or stripes will tend to make you look taller and thinner.
Match the color of your training shoes to your pants to give an overall look that is slimming. A little flair on the pants will tend to give visual balance to broad hips.
Remember that you need different fitness apparel in winter. This is especially true if you exercise out of doors. You will need a waterproof, breathable jacket if you run or power walk. A hat is also essential. Most heat loss takes place through the head.
Training shoes are the most important item of fitness apparel. They must be suited to the activity you plan to undertake. Runners should pay particular attention to their footwear. Go to a specialist shop and tell them how far you run each week. That way they can provide you with the best shoe. It must have enough support to protect your feet from injury. Do not expect a pair of training shoes to last more than one year. If you use them heavily then you should change them even more frequently.
Your fitness program will benefit from the right choice of fitness apparel. It will help you to perform at your best, avoid injury and feel good about yourself.