In the summer, you will most likely be drenched after a strenuous workout. The fabric and fit of your garments might have a significant impact on how you feel afterwards. If you don’t take extra precautions, going to the gym in the heat might turn into a nightmare.
When going to the gym, you should choose clothing that is both breathable and flexible. It’s nice to appear well, but keep in mind that your health and safety are your top priorities. Itchy skin, rashes, and more serious injuries can all be caused by ill-fitting clothing. Also, keep in mind that when you’re working out, your clothes may shift. Wear gear that will allow you to get a good workout.
When the weather warms up, you’ll want to wear running attire that keeps you cool and comfortable. So choose textiles that will keep moisture away from your body, such as Capilene or polypropylene. They’re light and won’t make you feel dragged down by the sun, allowing you to dash without stress.
Cotton absorbs sweat but does not pull it away from your skin or help it evaporate fast, so avoid wearing it. Cotton workout clothes can feel heavy and moist as you exercise because of this. Also, avoid wearing clothing made of plastic or rubber, as these materials might raise your body temperature during an exercise.
Here’s how to shop for gym apparel.
1. Go odourless : We work out. We sweat. Sweat is odourless on its own, however, sweat feeds naturally occurring germs on your skin. These bacteria are then transferred to your clothing, causing a stench. Choose workout clothes that won’t stink due to the blessings of anti-odour fabric.
2. The Ability to Wick: Choose a fabric that wicks sweat away from the body. You should be sweating if you’re doing out properly, but you don’t want damp garments adhering to your body. Look for textiles that have wicking capabilities, which means sweat will be pulled away from your body, keeping you dry and cool.
3. Choose Comfort- Choose a fabric that is soft to the touch and won’t bother your skin when you’re moving around a lot. Fabrics that don’t breathe should be avoided. Never wear clothing composed of rubber or plastic, which prevents sweat from evaporating and raises your body temperature during workouts.
4. Versatility Matters– Your training outfit should be adaptable enough to take you from the hottest to the coldest months of the year. Look for products that may be readily layered during the chilly months to avoid overspending at the changing of the seasons. Start with a moisture-wicking dry layer, then layer on a warmer layer like a light cotton pullover. Finish with a windbreaker or other protective outer layer.
5. The Right Fit- Choose clothes that are comfortable to wear. You may not be feeling well and want to hide in your clothes, but you don’t want your clothes to get in the way of your activities. Choose a loose, comfortable fit that allows you to move freely.
Just keep in mind that, regardless of the temperature, you’ll likely break a sweat during an exercise, especially in the summer. Wear appropriate gym apparel that wicks sweat away from the skin to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Ujjawal Asthana and Ankita Riva are co-founders of Zymrat.