When working out, what you’re wearing matters a lot. It’s not just about appearance, it’s about performance and safety too. Whether it’s your first time to go to the gym for a workout or you’re a regular, avoid wearing the following stuff.
Sports Bras with minimal support
Being fit knows no gender boundaries, so it’s not surprising to see a lot more women in the gym. Ladies should avoid wearing sports bras with minimal support. More than being uncomfortable or self-conscious, you have to protect yourself from the physical damage. Working out puts physical stress on your body. An unsupportive sports bra can lead to tissue and ligament damage to your chest. Wear bras based on the intensity of your workout to ensure proper protection. And no, wearing a bra a few sizes smaller—so it’s a tighter fit—doesn’t count as a sports bra. You have to wear the right thing.
Baggy clothes and Bling
Unless Snoop Dog is holding a concert at your gym and you’re a part of his entourage, don’t wear baggy clothes and jewelry at the gym. This goes beyond fashion, it’s just impractical to wear lots of jewelry and loose clothing when you’re working out. Baggy clothes and jewelry can get caught in machines and that could be very uncomfortable, as well as dangerous, for you and other people in the gym. You also can’t check if you’re doing the right form if you look like you belong to a rap concert. Wear gym clothes which are not baggy or tight, just the right size and fit.
Cotton is soft and really comfortable. So 100 percent cotton clothing is best for a workout, right? Well, no. As awesome as cotton is, it’s a terrible option for exercise clothing. The fabric absorbs a lot of moisture but takes so long to dry. You’ll be soaked in sweat. If this happens, you’ll be prone to skin infections and chills because of the all the sweat on your skin. You’ll also be a bacteria magnet. Wear clothes with sweat-wicking properties. These synthetics, known as technical wear, are made up of synthetic fibers which channel sweat away from your skin, quick-drying and are comfortable.
If you are new to technical wear, Lotto apparel is a good place to start. The Italian brand, is known for its quality and technical features. Its designs are stylish so you’ll also look good. Diadora, another Italian brand, is also another good option.
Any Footwear or Worn-out Shoes
If you’re thinking that your arms and legs carry the weight when you work out, you’re partly right. Because your feet carry most of the weight, including your own body weight. And it deals with the impact—which can be 3-5 times your body weight depending on workout intensity—of movement too. Wear shoes specifically made for workouts to ensure your feet have the right cushioning and support. Furthermore, ditch worn-out shoes, they won’t have the protection or the traction you’ll need.
Although lotions aren’t clothing or accessories, you do “wear” them. You also wear perfume. That’s cool, it means you want to smell good and protect your skin as you work out. However, avoid heavy (and greasy) lotions and perfumes. It’s not only distracting to others who work out, it can cause slips. Imagine swinging a 100-pound kettlebell, then you slip because of the lotion on your hands. Disaster. Other people could also slip handling stuff you previously used. On the other hand, too strong a perfume can cause headaches for some people.