Clothing with built-in resistance bands can help smooth out bumps and minimize jiggle. They can also maximize calorie expenditure by up to 30 percent, particularly when going up hill because your legs have to work harder to move forward against the tight band.
Wear moisture repellant clothing. Sorry, but that good old dependable stack of cotton T-shirts is probably making your workout uncomfortable. Cotton can get wet easily and stay that way, causing you to feel too hot or too cold. They can even grow bacteria! Most exercise clothing brands now use materials that pull moisture out of your clothing, allowing you to endure a longer workout.
Make sure your shoes have shock absorbers to minimize the damage to your knees. Some people can get scared away from running all together because of knee pain right after a jog, but the right shoes can make all the difference.
To avoid blisters, wear socks that aren’t too thin or thick. If you don’t, blisters can become calluses over time. I’m a fan of the cheap packs of socks at Payless, but those just won’t cut it for rigorous activity.
For spin class or cycling, wear padded shorts for comfort. It’s a shame when your butt cheeks start hurting long before you even feel the burn from your workout.
Large-chested women should find sports bras that fit. They should have adjustable straps for extra support and breathable material in order to avoid chafing.
Wear fitted clothes for activities like Yoga or Pilates. I know these classes make you feel relaxed, but your pajamas just don’t belong there as they can bunch up and distract you from your workout.
Hopefully I’ve offered some solutions to your most aggravating workout wardrobe woes. Looks like the wardrobe does make the workout.
Julia Austin is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. She covers travel, lifestyle and love+sex for a number of media outlets including Discovery’s PlanetGreen, LipGlossCulture.com, and QuickieChick.com, a site dedicated to giving busy women quick and easy workouts, recipes and lifestyle tips to better their body and mood. When she isn’t writing she is planning her next trip or sharing dating stories with her friends at happy hour.