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July 11, 2019
THE PERFECT WORKOUT OUTFIT
🤔 “What should I wear today?” has to be one of the top 5 questions that most women ask themselves every day. And, to complicate matters, on days we decide to hit the gym, we have to ask ourselves the same question twice!
Making a fashion statement shouldn’t be the only deciding factor for choosing your gym outfit. There are a number of important things to consider when selecting the colours or patterns of your workout gear.
👙 THE RIGHT SPORTS BRA
When it comes to sports bras, it’s really tempting to give in to the latest trends with the fancy criss-cross straps and pretty flowers. But, if you care at all about your breast and back health, you’ll take our advice below.
Again, your sport will determine the type of support you’ll need. A woman doing yoga won’t have the same needs as a marathon runner. So, the first step is to determine what sport you’ll be doing. It’s easy: The more impact and jumping involved, the more support you’ll need.
Then you need to decide what style you want: a shelf bra with no separation between the breasts, which will create a “uniboob” effect, or a style that resembles a regular bra, for a more natural look. The first model will provide more support for small-breasted women, while the second model, especially with wide, criss-cross straps, will be better for ladies with a bigger bust.
If you’re worried about being too hot during your workout, it’s best to avoid bras with a panel between the shoulder blades, and instead choose one made from a lighter fabric. If this isn’t a problem, a bra with shoulder straps or straps that cross slightly at the back is a good option.
Don’t be embarrassed to try out your bra in the changing room. Jog in place, do jumping jacks, bend over a few times: Basically, move around to test out how the bra fits. It may be lovely and comfortable when you’re standing still, and it may even claim to provide extra-firm support, but it would be a real shame if you knocked yourself out every time you jumped up and down, or if half your boob popped out of the supposedly flattering neckline with each sun salutation.
👕🧦 THE RIGHT FABRIC
Each company has developed its own technology for breathable fabric that promises to keep you dry and comfortable while you work out. They’re not lying. If you work out in cotton, you’ll be drenched from your first drop of sweat until the time you hit the shower. And don’t think you won’t sweat doing yoga, that is, unless you take it super slow because you just want to relax.
We seldom look past our shirt, tank top and pants, but take a few seconds to consider the fabric you’re wearing, right down to your socks. A more technical sock made with moisture-wicking technology will keep you cooler. No matter what shoes you’re wearing, your feet will breathe better and be less likely to smell!
✨ LOOK GOOD, FEEL GREAT!
Now that you know what to look for to prevent injuries, you should pick outfits that make you feel attractive. For some people, going to the gym can be an intimidating prospect. Not being able to find the right machines, not being sure which exercises to do or how to do them, not wanting people to look at you: These are all reasons why you might hesitate to go to the gym. Not to mention being embarrassed about your outfit! Find clothes that make you smile when you look at yourself in the mirror. You might find you have to go to several stores and try on different styles, but this will actually help build up the confidence you’ll need to walk into the gym.
💰 ENJOY AND ECONOMIZE!
But don’t think you have to spend your entire pay cheque on your gym clothes. Many stores now carry lines of workout gear at all price points, giving you a ton of options to choose from.
Plus your Éconofitness membership gives you access to over $1,000 of exclusive discounts thanks to the Economize Program
, which entitles you to exclusive discounts at selected clothing stores.
Have fun shopping!