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A guide to buying women's workout clothing

Do you avoid the gym because you hate the way that you look or because you hate the way that you look in your gym clothing? The right workout clothes can improve your workout and motivate you at the same time. Follow this guide on buying women’s workout clothing to motivate you to move.

Looking good

When you wear flattering clothes, you feel good about yourself, and when you feel good about yourself, you are not afraid to go to the gym or out in public to workout. Flatter your shape The first thing to remember when buying fitness clothes is to buy something that flatters the body you have now. Black is a slimming colour, so for most women, black shorts or yoga pants paired with a coloured top are flattering. Don’t go over-sized If you prefer a bit more coverage, try mid-thigh length shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. To avoid chafing if your legs are large, wear a pair of ladies cycling shorts underneath. Remember not to buy over sized clothes, they are unflattering and will get in the way.

Function and comfort

Looking good in your workout clothes won’t matter if they are uncomfortable. Choose gym wear that stretches and bends with your body. Workout clothes cannot be restrictive, otherwise, they lose their main function. Form-fitting tops When it comes to tops, look for something which is form-fitting. Loose shirts will ride up during certain movements. Form-fitting tops will also provide support and minimise breast movement during high impact workouts. Comfortable bottoms Choose the appropriate bottom for the exercise that you are doing. Short shorts are not appropriate for straddling positions and loose shorts can get in the way. Loose yoga wear is good for Pilates and yoga workouts but you want fitted shorts, like bicycle shorts, for lifting weights and aerobic workouts.
Do not overdress Remember that you should not overdress. The more you exercise, the hotter you will get. If you get too hot because of long T-shirts or sweat pants, you will want to stop exercising.

Underwear needs

Sport bras Do not forget about what you wear under your workout clothes. A good sports bra is a necessity for any woman working out. Breast discomfort is common in high impact exercises and breasts need proper support to restrict movement. You can even opt to wear a stylish sports bra, like one from Activewear, and wear it as a top for support and to keep cool. Underwear Stick to cotton undies. Performance fabric underwear is breathable, pulls moisture away from the body, and dries quickly. However, if you purchase bottoms with built-in crotch panels, bypass underwear altogether.

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