What Clothing is Best for a Workout?

What type of clothing do you need to wear while working out? Whatever is comfortable and works for you. Typically you will want something that is loose fitting and allows you to move in multiple directions. For some that will mean shorts and a t-shirt. For others that might mean sweat pants and a t-shirt. Some people may prefer more form fitting clothing that will stay out of their way while they work out. It really comes down to your personal preference.

Just walk into any store that sells athletic apparel, and you will find a wide range of options. Stores stock everything from tight form fitting pants/shorts to super loose and baggy pants/shorts. There is also some new “high tech” gear that claims to wick moisture away from your body to help keep you cool. Having all of these options to pick from can be overwhelming, and we have even touched shoes yet! So what are you supposed to do? How do you decide what to spend money on?

You may choose to skimp in some items, but the one thing I would recommend spending money on is a good pair of shoes. It’s very important to have the foot support you need while you work out. Keep in mind that everyone’s foot is different so what works for one may not work for another. Try to shop in a store where knowledgeable employees can help you find a shoe that fits well. Remember, you are going for comfort and support, based on the type of workout you will be involving yourself in.

As far as the clothing goes, if you have something that you are comfortable working out in then you may not need to purchase anything new. However, in order to have an effective workout, you may want to try new and different options. Try some of the different styles of shorts and pants as well as some of the different types of tops, as your budget allows. If you can afford to buy a few new things to help motivate you to work out then great. Or maybe the reward for sticking with your workout program can be new gear. That’s always fun.

How do I feel about shopping and investing in good workout clothing?  Well, in general, I don’t like to shop at all, but I sure do love getting new workout gear! I personally love the Nike dri-fit gear. Does it do what it claims and wick the moisture away from my body? I think to some extent. But I like it more because it is super light weight, especially compared to a plain ol’ cotton t-shirt, making my workouts so much more enjoyable and comfortable.

Find out what works for you when it comes to workout clothing. The more intent you are about fitness and working out, the more you’ll find that quality workout clothing becomes a priority.  In no time, you’ll find your favorite gear, just like I have!