If you’ve ever mistaken the gym for a runway, I can’t imagine you’re alone. Lately it seems like getting dressed to go work out takes as much fashion sense as putting together the September issue of Vogue. While it may seem like you need futuristic shoes and an abundance of neon colored tops to be properly outfitted for the gym, that’s not true.
The truth is yes, you do need the right gear to make the most of your gym experience, but no, it doesn’t have to be fancy; it just needs to fit right. In fact, many injuries and setbacks during training are easily avoided if you take the time to get yourself well-equipped for the exercise you’ll be doing. How do you do this, you ask?
Let’s start with the feet. Identify which activity you’ll be doing the most – running will require a different amount of support than strength training. Once you determine the correct type of shoe, focus on the fit. Make sure to walk around in the shoes prior to purchasing and don’t be afraid to ask the sales associate for help.
When it comes to clothing, it’s worth investing in pieces made specifically for exercising. Materials that absorb sweat and let your skin breathe will help regulate your body temperature and keep you from overheating or becoming dehydrated. As with your footwear, make fit a priority. For example, pants that are too long may cause you to trip or get in the way while trying to work out on cardio or strength-training machines.
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