Looking good while working out is a seemingly impossible balancing act. How do those girls at your gym manage to get in a workout without sweating their eyeliner off? We may never know what magical makeup they use, but we can show you how to look good at the gym.
We’ve all heard that when you look good you feel good, but the sentiment goes both ways. When you feel your best, it shows. This is true for both everyday clothes and your workout wear. When you wear well-made, comfortable gym clothes you’ll look as good as you feel.
1) get fit
When it comes to activewear you want both a perfect fit and fashion-forward style. Comfort is a necessity and it doesn’t hurt of it’s made from sustainable fabrics with performance-enhancing technologies to boot.
Your perfect fit may be different from someone else’s. Whatever you wear should make you feel flexible and comfortable.
2) it’s what’s on the inside that counts
One of the most important characteristics in great workout wear is compression. That tight-fitting clothing that conforms to your body’s shape and increases your blood circulation by 30%. These clothes are built specifically to optimize muscle power and stamina, reduce fatigue, and act as a second set of muscles.
As people are becoming more eco-conscious the demand for sustainable options has grown. Infusing fabrics with natural materials like coconut shells, soy and aloe keep you dry, comfortable, and fresh-smelling. These clothes are better for you and for the environment.
For women: This Nike compress fit sports bra is strong and supportive and made from Dri-FIT technology, sure to keep you comfortable. These Adidas high rise capris have a compression fit and ClimaLite technology which helps your body regulate its temperature while you exercise.
For men: These base layer compression tights are made with moisture-wicking technology and help keep you comfortable for high endurance activities. This Nike Dri-FIT t-shirt is made with high-performance technology that makes sure you stay dry.
3) what are you made of?
How your activewear is made is just as critical. Mesh-like fabrics are often made with moisture-wicking technology that helps sweat evaporate. Synthetics, because of their hydrophobic nature, do not allow sweat to penetrate the yarn. When purchasing your workout wear look for pieces made from a cotton/synthetic blend or purely synthetic fabrics like Spandex, Lyrca, and nylon. Blends are softer and offer a more luxurious feel.
Clothing with antimicrobial technology prevents or inhibits the growth of bacteria, minimizing odor. Special detergents also help in getting rid of embedded sweat and odors.
Now that you know how to look good at the gym you can focus on your workout. Happy exercising!