Selecting Work Out Clothing

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Choosing the correct type of workout apparel is extremely important. The kind of clothing you choose will affect your workout performance tremendously and it will determine whether exercising is mostly comfortable and enjoyable or whether it is a miserable experience.

The number one rule about exercise clothing is that it should be moisture wicking. This feature will aid your body as you exercise in keeping steady body temperature.

As it takes moisture away from your body, you will be able to cool down quicker. At the same time, when you are done exercising your clothing will be dry and extra moisture will not make you feel cold.

It is important that you do not wash moisture wicking materials with fabric softeners. Fabric softeners can damage and decrease the wicking abilities of synthetic fabric.

The socks that you choose to wear when exercise are very important. It is especially important that your socks are moisture wicking as they are generally one of the wettest parts of the body when you exercise.

Polyester socks are the best kind for keeping the feet dry and protecting them from blisters as they rub against you carefully selected shoes. Try to find socks that have extra padding in the heel and the ball of the foot.

This provides protection, cushioning and reinforces the arch. If it is cold out, try wearing wool or wool-blend socks for extra warmth and the same abilities.

It is important to note that the kind of exercise you use to exercise in at home is as important as the clothes you use to exercise elsewhere. As working out at home has grown in popularity with the home weight sets, the treadmill, the elliptical, and the stationary bike it is even more important that people realize this.

Work out clothing is designed for a purpose and it is not to look good and to be a show for other people, even though these are pluses. These clothes are designed to make exercising more comfortable and to prevent injury when you exercise.

It is important that you are wearing the right clothing for the kind of exercise you are doing. Be sure to choose the right shoes for running and the right swimsuit for swimming.

Swimwear for actual swimming should be very different than what you would wear on the beach. This competitive swimsuit should fit tightly and have a very smooth design so that drag is minimized.

Women should find a one piece swimming suit that features a racer back. This kind of suit makes sure that the straps stay in place and allows the swimmer to enjoy a full range of motion.

If you know that you will be exercising in cold weather, you will probably want to look for extra clothing that can keep you warm. However, you still want the overall weight of the outfit to be pretty light.

In a chill, but not too cold environment you will want a lightweight, breathable, water-repellent shell jacket. Many of these jackets add extra warmth, but still have little enough substance that they can be folded up and stuck into a pocket.

This is ideal for if you decide you do not need the jacket after all. Layers are the key to staying warm during cold weather.

In general, you should have three different types of layers. The first layer should be moisture wicking.

The second layer should be insulating to keep you warm. The third layer should be a water-resistant and breathable outer layer.

These layers should be efficient and versatile. Several lighter layers are much more versatile and efficient than wearing one or two heavier items of clothing.

With lighter layers you will be able to add more or take off a few layers to obtain your desired body temperature. In addition, you may want to add a variety of accessories.

For example, during the winter, you may add a hat to keep your head warm and gloves to keep your fingers warm. As mentioned before the shoes that you choose will have a big impact on your performance.

This is particularly true for a runner. A runner depends on having good, working, un-painful feet to run on.

There are several different types of feet and it is important that this runner does the research and carefully selects the right kind of shoes. It can be difficult to find the right kind of shoes, but it is definitely worth the extra time and effort it will take to find them.
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This article was published on 2010/10/21