Spandex, not just for superheroes
The best workout clothes should stretch with you and be constructed of breathable materials, such as spandex blends.
There are two types of women who frequent gyms: those who wear oversized T-shirts and
sweatpants that bag at the knee, and those who wear flattering, form-hugging workout gear.
It used to be that only athletes were brave enough to don spandex to exercise in, but with the fitness trends emerging in the 1970s, workout clothing infiltrated the retail market. Today retailers are slowly waking up to the fact that not every woman who’s working out is a size 6. Our cultural emphasis on fitness often goes beyond health to an obsession with body shape. Not measuring up to the cultural ideal makes joining a gym an intimidating proposition, especially for women.
Feeling good about yourself right now–for making the decision to exercise–is important. Once you decide to join a gym or take a yoga class, you deserve a huge pat on the back. As part of a reward for taking action, why not treat yourself to a new workout outfit?
Workout clothing serves a dual purpose: it’s practical from an activity-based standpoint, and it boosts your spirits from a psychological standpoint. Practically speaking, you want to feel comfortable and unrestricted by the clothing you work out in. Choose clothes that stretch with you and are made of breathable materials, such as spandex blends. Organic alternatives include hemp, soy, and bamboo. Bamboo has natural anti-microbial properties; it’s absorbent and quick-drying. Choose fabrics that will wick moisture away from your body.
From a fashion perspective, looking good will motivate you to work out. A brightly coloured sleeveless or short-sleeved top combined with a capri pant is a good look for most women. Choose a darker colour for the pants, such as black, brown, or navy. To create a smooth
silhouette, avoid pants with pockets–they add bulk. If you experience leg chafing when working out, wear compression underwear or bicycle-type shorts under your capris.
The breasts require special support, and athletic bras offer varying degrees of reinforcement. If your breasts are large, choose a bra that feels comfortable and offers full support to eliminate any possible pain from bouncing and jarring movements caused by activities such
Choose a workout shoe that offers support for the activity you’re doing (walking, volleyball, running). When in doubt, ask a shoe salesperson.
You can look good and feel good working out, regardless of your size or fitness level. Remember to pat yourself on the back for being your own superhero in a spandex blend.
Once You’re at the Gym
Women who are new to working out often ask: