Working out under the brazen summer sun can be taxing, especially with soaring body temperatures and all that perspiration.
To add to the heat, moisture and workout clothing usually do not go well together, so make sure your summer workout clothes are made of the right material before working up a sweat.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before buying your summer workout outfits:
Material: Spandex is a favorite in summer for gym-goers as it hides body odor. However, you can also wear cotton, 18.5 micron Merino wool, polyester and silk.
When to wash it: To maintain hygiene, wash your spandex and polyester outfits after every workout. Clothing made with cotton, 18.5 micron Merino wool and silk can skip the washer every day and can be washed once in two days instead.
Functionality: When rivers of sweat are rolling down your back, you need clothing such as dry-fit that will help you keep dry or dry off any sweat quickly.
Additionally, you can protect your skin from UV rays if you love to workout outdoors by wearing apparel that comes with ultraviolet protection. Some clothes also have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, the main concern during hot and humid days.
Tips on what to watch out for with your workout gear:
This sportswear is predominantly made with spandex and keeps the muscles warm, prevents spasms, stiffness and injury. Compression gear also reduces chances of skin irritation and chafing, and helps muscles repair and recovery.
When you’re shopping for sneakers, keep in mind that the material and weight make a big difference to your performance. Avoid fancy designs and laser cuts that could cause friction on your skin.
Make sure that your sneakers are the right shape, in terms of toe and heel width. Finding the perfect fit is not just about how your sneakers measure up to your foot size, but also about how they can act as performance enhancers to the activity at hand.
Perspiration is inevitable when you workout, therefore, the sports bra you buy must be of a breathable fabric that does not soak up sweat or incubate moisture. Steer clear of cotton, satin, lace and net as they can lead to skin irritation, rashes, infection and inflammation.
As for the material and functionality, a compression bra works well as it ties down the breasts real close in order to prevent too much movement and bounce. Additionally, racer- back straps seem to provide the best support, courtesy of their design, wider straps and bands.
If you want to go for a run or a walk, turn to North Face — they have a wide range of breathable apparel for men and women. If you want to swap your spin cycle for an outdoor one, invest in Rapha — they extensively cover different needs of cyclists for different environments.
When you are working out in the gym, you need to be comfortable while doing squats or lifting weights. North Face and Under Armour are favorites, along with other major brands such as Reebok and Nike.
Wear a pair that is exactly your size. People tend to go smaller, assuming they will stretch out, but the truth is, a quality pair of yoga pants will never change size.