After a hard workout, you’ll feel exhausted, tired, sore, fantastic — and will probably be covered in sweat. Believe it or not, the clothes you wear for a workout can make a difference in how you feel after exercise. Several factors can affect how comfortable your workout clothes are, including the fabric they’re made of and whether they’re right for the type of exercise you will be doing.
Workout Clothes: Pick “Workhorse” Fabrics
Some fabrics are designed to pull sweat away from your skin during exercise and others absorb it. When it comes to workout clothes, some choices are better than others.
- Think wicking. There are many breathable synthetic fabrics that “wick” the sweat away from your skin, which can help it to evaporate quickly and keep your body cool.
- Consider cotton. Cotton shirts and pants, on the other hand, absorb the sweat, and they don’t pull it away from the skin or help it to evaporate quickly. That’s why cotton workout clothes can feel heavy and wet as you exercise.
- Avoid fabrics that don’t breathe. Never wear clothing made out of rubber-based or plastic-based materials, which keep sweat from evaporating and keep your body temperature too high during a workout.
Workout Clothes: Get the Right Fit
To make sure that your workout clothes fit your body and the workout that you have planned, consider these tips:
- You should wear clothes that are loose and comfortable. But if you are running or biking, avoid wide-leg or loose pants that could get tangled up in the pedals or your feet.
- For activities such as yoga or Pilates, stretchy, fitted fabrics that wick away sweat are a good choice.
- In general, keep in mind that you don’t want any clothing that gets in the way of the activity.
Workout Clothes: Change With the Seasons
If you exercise outdoors or play seasonal sports, what you wear may have to change with the seasons. Keep these tips in mind when dressing for outdoor exercise:
- Hot weather. During warm months, be sure to choose fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and wick sweat away. Dress in clothes that are cool and comfortable, and allow you to move freely.
- Cold weather. When it’s very cold outside, you’ll need to dress warmly, but keep in mind that you’ll be exercising and boosting your heart rate and your body temperature.
- Wet or windy weather. Nothing can ruin an outdoor workout faster than getting soaked in the rain or caught in a strong wind. Wear an outer layer that protects your skin from the elements.
Consider these options for comfortable, year-round workout clothing for both men and women.
Activewear Item for Women
These high-waisted compression leggings are perfect for almost any athletic activity. The moisture-wicking fabric makes them light and breathable enough to wear.
Workout Tee for Women
Short Sleeve Crew
Designed for running, training, and sweating, this short sleeve crew is great to wear and layer all year round. The best part? The classic cut of this shirt works well on every body type.
This medium support sports bra can be worn during yoga, pilates, spin class, rowing, kickboxing, and weight training. It’s easy to pull on over your head, and the wide elastic band at the bottom won’t ride up or cause chafing.
Workout Shorts for Guys
2 Move Shorts
They are loose and convenient for flexibility.
Workout Tee for Men
Short Sleeve Tee
It’s great for wearing on its own or layering under a hoodie during cold-weather workouts.