Gym ready – sportswear essentials
Whether you’re a seasoned gym-goer or have finally decided that 2018 is the year that you’re going to take control and achieve your fitness dreams, you are always going to need some sportswear essentials to take to the gym. If you find that the stuff you already own is starting to look shabby or is past its best, or if you’re completely lacking anything in the sportswear department, it’s time to invest in some new pieces.
You don’t have to go overboard when it comes to shopping for vital pieces of sportswear, and a good rule of thumb is to consider quality rather than quantity. By shopping from good sports brands, and by following the care instructions, you can help to ensure that your sportswear will last. Just what exactly should you be buying though? To help you get started, here are our recommendations when it comes to sportswear essentials.
They might not be the most exciting or glamorous of sportswear, but picking the right base layers is important nonetheless. Failure to do so can lead to unnecessary friction, chaffing and sore skin, not to mention uncomfortable bunching – there is nothing so irritating as not feeling comfortable in your workout gear! So choose underwear that wicks away moisture and which has smooth seams to avoid rubbing, and ladies do take the time to get a well-fitting sports bra that will offer you just the right amount of support.
If you like to take your exercising outdoors or want to keep your muscles warm before you really start to sweat, then get yourself a well-fitted base layer top. The right one won’t ride up, will fit you properly in the shoulders and will have moisture-wicking properties. Pay a little more to ensure you buy one that will keep its shape even after multiple washes and which won’t hold onto odours.
A good pair of bottoms that’ll let you undertake even the most dynamic of stretching is a necessity when you’re intent on hitting the gym, and there are of course a few options. For both men and women, probably the most versatile would be a pair of leggings since they’re good to go for both inside and outside exercising, can be worn as a base layer under shorts and can also be worn with ease when you’re getting to and from the gym. Choose from a good brand making sure they’re not too thin and that the seams have been flat-sewn and will put up with a lot of pressure.
If you know yourself that you tend to overheat quickly when starting your reps, then get a pair of lightweight mesh shorts instead. They’ll take up minimal room in your sports bag, will wash and dry incredibly quickly, and are perfect for watching your form. There are loads of lengths and styles that correspond accordingly with your preferred activity, whether it’s weightlifting or running; just pick a good quality pair that’ll suit your fitness needs.
Although tops are less of an important consideration than bottoms or base layers are, they are still worth a mention. Nowadays there are some fantastic moisture-wicking and lightweight materials out there on the market, so if you are still using a cotton T-shirt that sucks up the sweat like a sponge and weighs you down, it is high time you switched to a light and practical lycra one. And as an added bonus, just like with mesh shorts, it will wash and dry in a jiffy.
Everybody knows that your feet take a bit of a pounding when you’re exercising so it is really important that you treat your tootsies to a good pair of trainers. The right pair will cushion and support your feet, keep your ankles from rolling, won’t rub and can even help to improve your gait and posture –pretty impressive for a pair of shoes!
Remember to consider what you’re going to be using them for too; for example if you love running away to your music on the treadmill, you’re going to need a different pair from say someone that prefers hitting the weight room. If you’re going to splurge anywhere on your gym outfit, then make sure it is on a pair of top quality trainers from a well-known sports brand.
So these may not exactly be essentials, but they will make keeping your gym things together and ready to go that little bit easier, and will complete your outfit nicely. Firstly, get yourself a 3-pack of sports socks; they’ll help to avoid friction when you’re on the go and can also help to reduce sweaty foot syndrome.
Next, get yourself a gym bag so you’ll always know exactly where your gym stuff is. Once you get into the habit of packing it all ready to go, it can make it that little bit easier to avoid excuses and motivate yourself to get to the gym. Plus it can help you to avoid stinking out everywhere else with your sweaty and used gym gear!
And finally not to forget post-workout, get a quick-dry gym towel that’ll roll up neatly and fit into your bag without getting everything else damp in the process. Light and practical, it is one gym accessory that you’re really going to end up appreciating.
The right gym gear can help you to keep motivated and ready to head to the gym and work up a sweat, so it’s a good idea to find some pieces that you really like. Buy from trusted sports brands and do go for quality to ensure your gear lasts even with frequent use.
So it is time to get gym ready; with the right clothing and the right mind-set, you’re all prepped to start achieving your fitness goals.