I have personally witnessed people wearing all types of things to workout in. But, what’s the right thing to workout in. Well, there are certainly some things you shouldn’t wear to workout in, such as high heels and blue jeans. I know, I know, it sounds like common sense, but like I said – I’ve witnessed people wearing all types of things.
Please don’t wear heels, dress shoes, wedges, etc. These 10 Tips for Working Out at Home types of shoes pose a great risk to you and others around you. They don’t have the stability of a tennis shoe, nor do they have the traction that a tennis shoe does. Whether you’re using cardio machines, lifting weights, or running, these types of shoes could cause you to slip, misstep, twist / roll your ankle, or worse. This can cause you a great deal of pain, put you down for a while (meaning, no working out or involving yourself in other activities, etc. ), and could possibly hurt others around you if you happen to fall on them or drop weights on their foot.
Second, please don’t wear blue jeans to workout in. Blue jeans are not designed to be workout clothes. They don’t stretch like workout clothes should, they can (and usually do) cause chaffing on the legs where your legs rub together (not comfortable at all! ), and they just aren’t lightweight enough to get a good workout in. Not to mention how difficult it is to do sit-ups (or anything where you sit on a hard surface to workout) because of where the seams are in the rear of the jeans. It’s just plain uncomfortable and annoying.
So, what do you wear? Here’s a list of a few things you could / should wear to workout in. Please keep in mind that the type of workout you are doing should help determine what you should wear. For example, if you are doing kickboxing, karate, or some other form of active non-machine cardio you would probably be much more comfortable in loose fitting workout clothes. However, if you’re lifting weights or using cardio machines then you may be more comfortable in tighter-fitting workout clothes. But please, please, please for the sake of those working out around you, please wear something that covers you up and please, please, please wear deodorant!! There’s nothing worse than working out next to someone who just plain stinks!
GOOD Pair of Tennis Shoes- these shoes should have ample support for your arches, heals, and the balls of your feet. They should provide support and comfort. If needed, put a pair of insoles in the tennis shoes as well for additional comfort.
There are tons of items out there to purchase so make sure you know what type of workout you will be doing and what you feel comfortable wearing prior to purchasing a bunch of workout clothes. I have realized over time that there are certain things that I don’t like wearing to workout (i. e. sweatshirts / jackets, groove pants, sweatpants, and t-shirts), but these are personal preferences. Please keep in mind, too, that the more you workout the more workout clothes you’ll need. Workout clothes tend to wear out quicker than other clothes (if worn frequently) because of the sweating, the stretching of the material from the actual workout, and the frequent washing. However, if you are looking to really lose weight I wouldn’t recommend purchasing a ton of workout clothes to start because as you lose weight you’ll need to purchase smaller workout clothes (which is awesome!! ).