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Your Workout Clothes Are As Important As The Exercise You Do


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What types of workout clothes you put on is important. Because they not only affect your level of comfort while exercising, they affect your motivation and energy levels as well.

Nothing disrupts a workout more than uncomfortable clothing. I'm sure you've been there before - you're on the treadmill and halfway through you have to press the stop button due to bunching, chafing or the clothing getting into your way. . . . . .

If your workout clothes are ill-fitting and poor in “quality", you feel uncomfortable and out of place. They bother you and you don't have the feeling that they belong to your body plus you can't move with ease and relaxation. It's tough to have a good workout when you're not comfortable in your clothes.

What Workout Clothes To Choose?

I'm banking on workout pants here.

The most basic thing for workout pants is the fabric and cut. They must allow you to do all of your regular moves without any restrictions.

The Cut

When trying on workout pants, simulate some of the basic movements of your exercise to make sure they allow for a full range of motion. Try a squat, lunge or even a kick.

Then, you would want to see whether the pants flatter your bodytype. Baggy sweats or tight legging aren't in anymore. You should go for the looser-fit pant to be comfortable. How loose depends on your workout.

For cardio exercises like running, jogging or walking, you should go for pants that are snug but not skin tight.

For Yoga or Pilates, try the boot-cut pants that are snug at the knee and have a slight flare down to the ankle. This cut has the bonus of staying snug when your legs are inverted. Another choice is the capri pants which touch the leg just below your knee and come in tight leggings or looser-fit varieties.

And because you'll be doing lots of bending and stretching in these 2 exercises, it's better for you to put on low-waisted pants that naturally sit lower because they can minimize chafing on the stomach and and won't cut into your waist.

Also, pants that sit lower on the hip are more flattering since the lower waist helps lengthen the look of your torso.

Come to think of it, what about high-waisted pants?

You need them when you workout outdoor, for instance trail running or hiking and need to carry a backpack. If a waist is too low, it can sit right where the bottom of the pack lands, which could lead to rubbing and thus irritating your skin.

When you're working indoors, short pants are better so you won't feel hot.

Fabric And Color


Go for fabric that can reduce jiggle, absorb sweat and even protect muscles.

Most fabrics consist of some form of a polyester or cotton and Lycra combo. Some studies have shown that Lycra compresses various muscle groups, which can help reduce muscle fatigue and speed up recovery time.

Note: Lycra is spandex fiber that's lightweight and soft, but stronger and more durable than rubber. It can be stretched over 500% without breaking, and can be stretched repeatedly and still recover its original length.

The latest fabric technologies bring various versions of moisture-wicking fabrics. They come with one layer made of a synthetic and the other of a cotton blend. When you sweat, the fabric spreads the moisture onto a larger area, allowing it to dry quickly.

I'm sure you don't want sheen on your clothes? Get the matte varieties because they have zero sheen and hence won't catch the light. They are also generally a thicker weave than the sheen types, so last longer and won't show wear as quickly.


I know you probably prefer black. . . . .

But no harm branching out into bright, feminine colors. White isn't bad either.

OK, if you're a real die-hard fan of straight-black (because of its silhouette-slimming effect?), you don't have to totally discard the color. You can go for colored side panels like black with a light yellow/green/pink stripe down the side. Not only is it fashionable, but breaking up the color with a side-stripe has a slimming effect because it draws the eye inward.

Hey! Create a little individualism in your workout clothes!

Cecelia Yap is an avid exerciser and author of the popular exercise website: - a web site born out of her passion which she successfully turns into a profitable business

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