5 Benefits of Wearing the Right Workout Gear
By Luke Douglas
Exercising is much more than going to the gym. If you ask the most devoted gym rats, they would say that the food that you eat before and after the workout, and also the equipment that you use matters a lot as well. And indeed, it does. Even though this is not something that many people know (or even care about), wearing the right workout clothes and gear can definitely enhance your performance and bring better results faster. What are you working out in? If it’s a pair of old shoes, shorts and a t-shirt that’s so old you literally cannot iron the wrinkles, it’s time to think over this decision. Buying the proper gym equipment can make your workout much better, and here are 5 reasons why:
Improved range of motion + comfort
One of the most important benefits of wearing the right clothes while working out is the fact that they are super comfortable. They are made just for the purpose of exercising in them, so you can literally do any kind of movement. If you choose activewear that fits you well, it will also prevent your skin from irritation and thus allow you move in any way you want. If you wear equipment that is loose, it might catch on equipment which can sometimes even result in an injury. This is why it’s always important to try your clothes before you buy them, and this is especially important when the clothes in question are for exercising. You should always look for activewear that is made out of expandable materials such as Lycra or spandex. Brands like Nike and Lululemon do a great job creating leggings, tops, and sports bras that are form-fitting yet stretchable. This is not only the best option for gym workouts, but for yoga, swimming and stretching as well.
This is important for the ladies as well as it is for guys - the right clothes will give you full support while working out. This is why, ladies, you can always opt for a well-fitted sports bra, and guys, make sure to have leggings that will keep everything you have in place. You should avoid any chest and testicle bounces that can cause pain. However, there are brands whose products do not provide this even though they are supposed to, so it’s always good to look for high-quality gym clothes as this is not a thing you want to save your money on. If you already want proper gym clothes, make sure to get ones by a trusted brand. Stay away from the cheapest ones as there is probably a reason why they are the cheapest.
One very important benefit of the right gym clothes is the fact that they have sweat-wicking properties. Cotton t-shirts absorb sweat very easily which leaves you wet and clingy afterwards. What you need is breathable and sweat-wicking fabrics – these will divert the sweat from your skin and will let it evaporate through the fabric. As a result, you will feel much more fresh at the end of your workout. What is also good is that this type of material will make you cooler in the hot summer days due to its performance, and can keep you warm while you’re working out in winter.
Improved blood circulation
Gym clothing (compression clothing to be more precise) stimulates your body flow thanks to fabric engineers. This happens because they hug you in all the right places, thus reducing any lactic acid build up. The so-called “graduated compression” is one type of compression that does wonders for your blood circulation - these clothes are tighter in your extremities and thus increase the blood flow to your core while you’re exercising. Not only do they improve your blood circulation but your muscle performance as well. This clothing is very strong and will keep your body parts locked tight, which allows your muscles to move in the right way and communicate with the other muscles in your body much more effectively.
Compression gym clothes keep all of your body parts together, so the chances of you ending up with an injury are very low. This is perhaps the most important benefit of wearing the right clothes while working out. However, it’s not only the t-shirts and shorts that you should pay attention to. Shoes also matter a lot, especially if you don’t want any blisters. Choose footwear that first you in the best way and with a comfortable arch so that you could comfortably finish your workout.
To sum up, gym clothes and the equipment that you have matters a lot. Not only will it boost your performance, but it can also give you the comfort at the gym that you really need. Apart from that, new gym clothes are always pretty, so why not invest in something fashionable and high-quality that looks good on you?