The following article was written by Leigh-Anne Dennison.
No, you don't need to look
glamorous to get a good workout, but there is something to be said for feeling
well put together—whether you're heading to the office or hitting the gym.
Besides, when it comes to getting fit, the old saying about using "the
right tool for the job" is a good rule to follow.
Building a Better Workout Wardrobe by leighanned
Old cotton T-shirts and sweatpants
may be convenient and comfortable, but they could be robbing you of a more
intense, productive workout. As you perspire (there, I said it!), jersey cotton
absorbs and holds moisture and heat—weighing you down. Active wear specifically
designed to wick away sweat allows you to feel drier, cooler, and lighter as
you burn calories and build muscle. Curve-hugging compression garments keep
everything, uh, "in place" even during your most vigorous cardio
Properly fitting shoes are a must.
There are sports-shoe manufacturers out there that offer appropriate fitness
shoes without the dead cow coverings—you
just need to look for them. Don't get me started on the benefits of cushioned
activity-specific socks! Try a pair, and you'll see what I mean.
While not clothing, an essential
piece of fitness gear is a large, reusable water bottle. You lose a lot of
water during a workout, and you want to replace it without fear of leaching
plastic chemicals or junking up the planet.
And, while I'm on the subject …
experts recommend that you replenish nutrients and energy by eating a
combination of protein and carbohydrates within 30 to 45 minutes of an active
workout. A small banana with a little peanut butter or a cup of vegan yogurt
are great choices. If you're always "on the run" after your session
at the gym, keep a stash of vegan energy bars in your gym bag, purse or car.
Just watch the calories—you don't want to undo the work you just did!
Bottom line: Looking good can help
you feel better while you're getting fit! What's your favorite piece of
activewear or exercise gear?
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