Being more active is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Some people vow to achieve this resolution by trying out a new activity. Others have a go-to activity, such as swimming or running, but might need a little motivation to get back on track. What better way to do that than to refresh your wardrobe so you have something that not only fits comfortably but also makes you look forward to putting it on? Whatever your specific resolution might be, this activewear will help motivate you to meet your resolution to stay active this year, no matter what activity you choose.
Swimming is a fantastic activity to add to your exercise routine. Swimming not only tones the entire body but also burns almost as many calories as running. But, unlike running, swimming is perfect for people with joint issues, as it provides a low-impact way of exercising in a practically weightless environment. For swimming, you’ll want a swimsuit that fits comfortably and stays in place as you move through the water. You don’t want to be adjusting or tying straps in the middle of a lap, after all. Be sure to also get yourself some goggles to protect your eyes from the chlorine, as well as a swim cap to protect your hair and help you more easily glide through the water.
Running on a treadmill is great exercise, and you can wear pretty much anything that keeps you cool and comfortable. But running indoors can get a little boring, and running outside can provide a nice change of scenery and a good dose of fresh air. However, the weather can be unpredictable, so if you’re going to take up running outdoors, you’ll want to have attire to keep you cool in summer and warm throughout the fall and winter months.
In summer, anything goes, and you can find a wide variety of running shorts and women's tank tops that fit the bill. In winter, however, you’ll want a women’s lightweight jacket that doesn’t slow you down or cause you to overheat. Layer it over a running turtleneck for added warmth when it’s really cold out.
Just like with running outdoors, layers are also important for biking. When you’re moving on a bike, the breeze can be rather cool, so you want to be prepared. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker that you can tie around your waist if you get too warm is ideal. Another important piece of activewear for biking is the type of bottoms you wear. Bike shorts are great for summertime, as they’re like cropped leggings that fit snuggly while allowing for repetitive cycling movements. In cooler temps, longer leggings will keep you warm and comfortable.
The great thing about at-home workouts is that you can wear whatever you want without worrying about how you look. Still, you want to be comfortable, and you’ll certainly want an outfit that allows you to perform the required movements without being too restrictive (or not restrictive enough). For example, a pair of shorts that are too tight will prevent you from moving as extensively as you should. And a top that’s too loose could interfere with your ability to lift weights, do pushups, and more. Find an outfit that’s comfortable, washes easily, and works with you instead of against you.
Exercising with a group can provide much-needed motivation for getting off the couch and into the gym. After all, when you know there are people expecting you, you’re less likely to skip a workout. And during the workout, the energy from everyone else in the room can be addicting, pushing you to test your limits like you wouldn’t have done if you were exercising alone. You’ll want to be more mindful of what you wear during a group exercise class than what you’d wear when working out at home alone.
Find an outfit you can’t wait to put on. If you like what you’re wearing, you’ll be more motivated to head to the gym. Keep in mind that it can get pretty warm in group exercise studios, so be sure to wear something that keeps you cool. Think shorts or capri leggings paired with women’s T-shirts that wick moisture away and keep you cool.
It’s great to balance your workout routine with different types of exercise. Doing yoga once or twice a week is great for your body and mind. And there are different types of yoga too. You can participate in a sweaty, high-intensity yoga session to burn calories, or you can partake in a low-intensity relaxation session that involves meditation to put your mind at ease before bedtime. But whatever type of yoga you do, you’ll want something that’s somewhat form-fitting so your shirt doesn’t fall over your face when in the downward dog position. And when it comes to bottoms, of course, women’s yoga pants are a perfect choice. Shorter yoga capris are great for warmer temperatures as they’re not as warm as full-length leggings.
When it comes to staying active, it’s amazing how what someone chooses to wear can influence their workout. Having a variety of outfits you love and that fit you well can help ensure you get the most out of your workout and encourage you to try new things.