What Should I Wear (part 2)

Just arrived here and wondering why it’s Part 2? Catch up by reading Part 1 here.

There are some guidelines that we should always keep in mind when choosing our workout outfit:

NO RIDE UP

I’m talking things that start to go on a journey of their own into the places that they shouldn’t venture into. Riding up into the wrong places isn’t a good look, and it’s very uncomfortable.

KEEP IT SECURE

This applies to everybody. If there’s something at risk of popping out, or falling out, then consider something that is going to (comfortably) keep it in place. If you’re going to do any kind of aerobic activity that involves dancing, bouncing, jumping, shimmying, shaking, wobbling, or basically anything that makes things jiggle, keep it secure.

SWEAT MARKS

This is inevitable. If you’re going to workout, you’re going to sweat, and sometimes, we end up with sweat marks in unflattering places. Whilst it’s a great feeling to finish an exercise session drenched in sweat, it’s not that great if you walk out looking like you’ve wet your pants… This brings me to my next point:

COLOUR CHOICES

Colour is for everybody. Colour makes us feel great. Colour can bring out your eyes, or accentuate your curves in all the right ways. Colour can bring a whole new energy to what we’re doing. However, there are some colours we should all avoid when working out.

White leggings are on top of that list. They may look incredible when you’re wearing them to do day-to-day tasks, but in a fitness setting, white material goes see-through when it gets wet. I’m not saying don’t wear white at all, but perhaps consider it as an outer layer over the top of something else.

A similar scenario with light-grey leggings. Sweat marks (see previous point).

And of course, poo-brown is not a colour that should every be associated with anything fitness-related.

FOOTWEAR

It’s essential to have the right footwear for a workout. For most people, we choose our shoes based on what they look like and how comfortable they are (and of course, how much they cost), but just because you have a $200 pair of trainers, doesn’t mean it’s going to make you run faster or jump higher.

Certain types of shoes are better suited to certain types of activities. For example

  • Smoother soles with a pivot point are best suited for any type of dance class
  • Shoes with a highly textured sole are going to be better suited for agility training, allowing you to get better grip and traction on the ground.
  • Completely flat soles, or raised-heel shoes (lifting shoes) have been developed specifically for weight-based activities such as weight-lifting and squatting.
  • For programs like Barre, Yoga and Pilates, you can buy special socks that have small rubber dots on the sole to allow them to provide you with grip and stability through various movements.

In summation:

  • Strap it down.
  • Grey, white and brown leggings should be avoided if you actually plan on sweating
  • The right type of footwear will make all the difference!

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