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In Shape and in Style: What to Wear for Your Workout

In Shape and in Style:
What to Wear for Your Workout

Does it matter what I wear when I exercise?
What are the best clothes to exercise in?
What about bras and undies?

Hey, you exercise because it makes you feel good, but you want to look good while you're doing it too! Well, you're in luck. Some of the coolest clothes and the latest colors and fabrics around are made for fitness. But before you go on a shopping spree, think about what you need to sweat in style. back to top

Does it matter what I wear when I exercise?
You'll want to feel good in your workout wear. No shorts so tight you can't breathe. No pants so loose you could trip on them. That means comfort comes before style. You may be stylin' in board shorts, but that heavy fabric won't cut it on the soccer field! Bottom line, you should be able to move around easily without any chafing or rubbing. Being comfortable also means wearing workout clothes that suit your personality. If you're not into stretchy capris, a cotton T-shirt and shorts may be for you. back to top

What are the best clothes to exercise in?
There are a couple of things to think about when choosing the workout clothes that will work best for you:
  • How hard you exercise. If you sweat a lot, look for clothing made of synthetic fabrics like polypropylene, Capilene, and Thermolite, which draw moisture away from your body.
  • Where you exercise. If you exercise inside, you don't really need to worry about special clothing. But if you exercise outside, check out the weather to see if you'll need extra clothing (hat, gloves, shell) or lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • The kind of exercise you do. Not all workout clothes work for all sports. You might choose loose, baggy clothing for basketball practice, but all that fabric flopping around can be annoying when you go running. Swimsuits are great for the pool, but they aren't made for sweating through a step aerobics class. back to top
What about bras and undies?
Satin, lace, or frilly underwear may make you feel sexy, but all that stuff can get in the way during your workout. Satin doesn't breathe, lace itches, and frilly just doesn't support you when it comes to physical fitness. Sports bras and undies may not seem glamorous, but once you give them a try, you'll see why athletes wear them!

Sports bras are made out of breathable material that wicks moisture away from your body so you don't feel soggy. Look for a bra with wide straps that won't fall down when you move your arms and won't cut into your shoulders. Some girls like sports bras that don't have any hardware (like hooks in the back), while others like the support of an underwire bra. When you try on a sports bra, jump up and down in the dressing room (no one will see you!). Make sure the bra gives you enough support so your breasts don't bounce around, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.

You may also want to try sports undies, which are made out of the same breathable materials as other workout wear. These undies don't ride up in the back, so you won't get caught with a creaser in the middle of a soccer match. Lightweight cotton briefs are good for exercising too. But when cotton becomes wet with your sweat, it stays wet. Save the thongs and the animal prints for special occasions. back to top

Last Modified Date: 1/3/2001
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