Working out is great. Working out in the right workout clothes is even greater. There is a definite extra umph I put in when I’m feeling sassy in a workout outfit. The difference I feel may even be a little bit silly. However, when you catch yourself in the mirror wearing a rockin’ workout outfit you can’t help but push a little harder, work a little deeper, and hold a little longer. When you’re swimming in baggy t-shirts and loose Nike shorts, it just isn’t as motivating.
When I know that my body is actually showing, I work to push my belly in further when doing ab circuits, and hold the tummy in with every little move. Sometimes when I really want to challenge myself I wear my dreaded, yet encouraging, slightly sheer, white workout top. It shows every, I mean every, possible curve. If that’s not motivation, than I don’t know what is!
Things I look for when purchasing workout clothes…
Sure workout clothes are typically stretchy, but it’s really important to get a good fit. You don’t want it to be too tight in the underarms so that it’s causing chafing in the arm area when running, you don’t want it too loose in the tummy so that it’s falling off you while in downward dog, or you don’t want it hanging limp on your body, leaving you unmotivated. The clothing should fit well and cause you to involuntarily want to shimmy and shake.
Materials are super important in workout gear. Workout fabrics have been made into a science. No more sweat pants and t-shirts, ladies. They have great options now that can help create air flow, which is needed when you’re kicking booty and sweating buckets! I look for Lycra products to keep the fit right and not lose shape. Nylon, or other moisture-wicking fabrics are great if you’re a runner. Cotton is a major no-go if your planning to sweat, which you are. In addition, compression products allow better circulation throughout your workout and quicken muscle recovery. Find the best materials that work for you and your workout style.
Of course, the style and look. I want my workout clothes to be cute and easy to transition from gym to errands. If a workout outfit works to run to the store in, it’s a win win! Even some workout tops are possible, and acceptable, to pair with a maxi and heels (I’m not lying.) Check out this adorable workout top. Perfect for a girl’s happy hour! If I could wear workout clothes all day, every day, I’d be a different person.
My Favorite Workout Brands:
Athleta and Alo are conveniently having great sales right now too, so check it out!