Were you part of the workout craze of the 80’s and 90’s? Did you own at least one of Cher’s aerobic videos or were you a regular in your neighborhood step class? Well, staying healthy and fit is still popular today but, what to wear to the gym may have changed. Here are a few suggestions to keep you looking good inside and out of the gym.
1. Throw out your bodysuits and leg warmers
The bodysuits and leg warmers of the nineties just don’t cut it anymore in the aerobics class. Instead of these relics from the past, opt for exercise pants or shorts, and tanks or t-shirts. Avoid oversized shirts and shorts. While these items might feel comfortable they tend to make you look unkept and can be hazardous if they get caught in an exercise machine. If you want to look your absolute best, choose outfits that fit your body well and are in colors that flatter you.
2. Choose clothing that is made for exercise
The t-shirt and jeans that you wear to run errands are not be suitable for the gym. Workout clothes are designed to keep sweat and moisture away from the body. Cotton t-shirts, while breathable, can keep moisture close to the skin. Jeans similarly trap moisture next to the body and are also too restricting. Instead, shop for fitness wear that is made to be quick drying and moisture wicking. Look for items with polyester, spandex, and mesh ventilation panels.
3. Wear a good sports bra
An important part of looking good in the gym is wearing a good sports bra. Working out can include a lot of jumping and running, activities that can cause breast jiggle and discomfort. If you are heavy breasted, look for sports bras with wide straps that provide good support. Make sure they are made of breathable fabrics to avoid chafing.
4. Wear footwear appropriate for your workout
Look for shoes that are appropriate for your exercise routine. Exercise footwear is designed to be activity specific. If you are a runner, look for a good running shoe. If you are an aerobics fanatic, pick a sneaker that is made for aerobic workouts. Picking the right shoe for your activity will guarantee you get the support you need and help you avoid injury.
5. Avoid wearing jewelry
As a general rule, your jewelry should not be a part of your workout ensemble. While you might want to keep your wedding band on, wearing too many rings can make it difficult to grab weights or handles on exercise machines. Necklaces can be damaged or cause injury if caught in a piece of exercise equipment. If you must wear a necklace, make sure it is short and is tucked under your shirt.
Follow these simple tips and you will not only look good inside and out of the gym, but you will enjoy a successful workout too.