You guys know that I pretty much live in my workout clothes. Even back when I worked in an office setting instead of at home I incorporated my workout clothes into my work uniform. Now that I work from home, well, I try to wear “real” clothes a few times a week.
When it comes to working out and playing sports, most of us are aware that we will need some sort of specialist gear. But the majority of us don’t question why. Especially in the beginning! We just see other people in the gym or at sports clubs wearing particular things and roll with it, investing in our own versions. But it’s always important to bear the reasons for wearing particular clothes or shoes in mind. So, let’s take a look at a few common activities and what you need for them!
When you run, you know that you put a lot of pressure on your feet and ankles in particular but you may forget about your knees, hips, and spine. So you need a good shoe that supports them. Now, choosing a running shoe can be relatively difficult, as everyone has different shaped feet and has a different gait, and thus requires different style shoes. But you can guarantee high quality from the major brands out there, including Mizuno, Nike, Brooks, Asics, and New Balance. Go to your local running store for fittings to ensure that you have the right fit before buying! They’ll have you try on different sizes and styles and have you walk and run right there in the store. If you experience major sticker shock you can ask about last year’s models, which can often be ordered for much less money!
If you play on a basketball team, chances are that you’ll have a specific uniform that you will want to stick to. But for practice, all that really matters are your shoes. Your shoes are what will support your joints while you are running up and down the court, making leaps and jumps, and pivoting. So you need something with good support. Opt for a specially design shoe like the air jordan 4 white cement. This will give you sufficient support at the same time as offering enough grip to ensure that you don’t slip when making quick movements.
Yoga pants may well have made their way into some people’s everyday around-the-house wear thanks to their flattering comfort, but they still remain a good piece of workout wear if you’re going to get into yoga. So, invest in a pair and make better use of them than simply wearing them outside the studio! The benefits of a good pair of yoga pants are that they are extremely stretchy (meaning that you can comfortably transition from one pose to another) and that they lack fastenings (so they won’t dig into you when you’re carrying out floor exercises). They also cling to your waistline, meaning that they won’t sag or drop down when your hands are otherwise occupied in different stances. There are plenty of patterns out there but these just add aesthetic value. For tops you’ll want something that’s soft and will sit in place rather than dropping down during inverted poses. If you’re uncomfortable with something so fitted a loose top over a fitted tank and yoga pants or shorts can be more comfortable.
While these are just a few of the many sports activities you can try out, you should be thoroughly prepared before taking part in any of them. Hopefully this information will help you to purchase the best sportswear for each!
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.