Health club memberships soar in January as those who vowed to become fit in 2013 test their resolve. Instead of putting on tired sweatpants for an early morning run, experts advise that folks add style to their step. The president of Performance and Success Coaching in Philadelphia has this to say about the power of looking attractive when exercising: “Putting on a flattering outfit motivates people to actually go to the gym or to exercise outdoors in public”. Stylish and well performing active wear receives high marks in each of these styling areas:
Fit: Garments should contour and suit a body’s curves, and allow for freedom of movement.
Function: Most sports require very specific apparel designed to improve performance and prevent injury. Head to toe dressing starts with a good shoe, and a world of options exists for every foot type and activity. Nike even lets women customers select their desired upper and midsole as well as color when purchasing the Nike Free Run iD sneaker. The fashion blog WhoWhatWear.com gives this shoe two thumbs up.
Function also applies to foundation pieces. Anyone who has suffered through a bad underwear day knows the importance of wearing under garments that wick away moisture from the body and don't bind or ride up.
Fabric: As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for”. Superior workout clothing wears well, helps regulate body temperature and prevents skin chafing. Clothing made by the fashionable line Devigi contains bamboo, which acts as an anti-microbial and UV protection agent.
Fun: People exercise to stay healthy and look good, but they also want to enjoy the experience. Push ups and spinning class may not be the only ways to get an endorphin rush. Try wearing a mood enhancing lemon yellow hoodie from Lululemon or a Lucy bold color blocked tank to your next gym session.