Workout Apparel – What Should You Wear When Exercising?



The workout apparel you put on depends on:

1. Where You Do Your Exercise

If you exercise indoor, the temperature can vary greatly.

You may first feel chilly in an air-conditioned (air-con) room, then feel hot and sweaty as you exercise, then feel chilled again when you cool down.

Then, when you leave the air-con room and go outside, you’ll either feel cold or hot.

For all these reasons, I believe layering is the best for the situation.

workout-clothes57A pair of lightweight workout pants or shorts; a T-shirt; thick, absorbent socks and a sweatshirt could be your “whole works” to prevent chills.

Choose apparel that’s got “wicking” action, i.e. it sends sweats away from your body and into the outer layer of the clothing.

You could go for cotton underclothes because of their breathability and blends for outer wear. Or you prefer blends for both. It’s all up to your liking…..As long as you don’t get too cold or too hot due to the change in temperature.

2. The Weather

When exercising outdoor in cold weather, you need to put on quality clothes to layer up in the cold and keep warm.

workout-clothes5If it’s very cold and/or windy, you could start with a light, sweat-wicking base layer to help keep you warm, even when you sweat. Choose light, thin and breathable materials that make up your clothing; that can also fit well under an outer layer, like wind pants.

These can make your workout a bit hot, depending on the temperature. The rule of thumb is to dress like it’s about 10 degrees colder than it really is.

What Makes Up Your Workout Apparel Wardrobe?

I would say by normal standard, you should have these “fittings” in your wardrobe:

  • The right shoes for your workout. If you’re doing weights and low impact exercises, put on either a cross-training shoe, running or walking shoes. If you go running, then of course running shoes are the obvious choice, moreover they provide plenty of support too. The important thing is to wear shoes that suit the exercise you’re doing
  • Socks that fit your shoes – they should be snug and of the right thick thickness so they won’t slide around in your workout shoes. If you go for socks that are too thick or too thin, you could get blisters which could spoil a good workout
  • Comfortable clothings like shorts, t-shirts, tights or whatever feels good for you – just take care that your clothes don’t chafe, ride up or slide down. But for shorts, be careful if you’ve sensitive skin, since they rub the insides of your leg. The alternative is to wear Bermuda or skateboarding shorts which minimize chafing
  • Light colored clothes, hats/caps, sunglasses and sunscreen for your outdoor exercise. Get some clothes that are made of unique wicking material that keeps you cool and dry in the summer and warm in the winter
  • Brassieres are important too. Get bras that are snug and not too tight; that provide the correct level of support, without tight straps that cut into your skin and make you uncomfortable. Also, go for bras that are made of breathable fabrics, such as mixtures of cotton and Lycra

What I want to say is that there’s no right and wrong when it comes to workout apparel. The test is this: whatever makes you feel good and keeps you comfortable, is the thing to go…..

Cecelia Yap is an avid exerciser and author of the popular exercise website: – a web site born out of her passion which she successfully turns into a profitable business

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