A good sports bra is worth the investment. As is a good quality pair of athletic shoes that support your feet. Other than that, wear what you feel comfortable in. If you want to wear a t-shirt and sweat pants, wear it. If you want to rock the fashion statement athletic wear, go for it. If you are comfortable with how you look, that is all that matters.
Edited by: DSTENORE at: 5/15/2012 (21:21)
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sweats, good sports bra, t shirt and proper shoes for your feet! Wicking materials are great, but cotton is also fine with me
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As far as workout clothes go, I am the last one to ask. I'm in sweats and t-shirts usually.
Sports bras for the full-figured (read DD & up) I suggest you check out Glamorise and Glamorise sport. I'm wearing the Glamorise Sport # 1166. It's quite comfy and very supportive and the cup sizes go up to a G. Goddess also makes sports bras for the full figured as do a few other makers. I suggest searching it on the web, reading the reviews of other women and then searching for the lowest price on the model you like. Chances are, if you need a large cup size, you are going to have to order from a catalog or online, so be sure to check on shipping charges as well. (I was able to order mine through JCPenneys and got a discount for buying two and free shipping to the store.)
I have had good luck at Target and Kohl's although my Kohl's items have held up much better.
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If there is a Kohl's near you I have found great exercise clothes on sale there repeatedly. I love the wicking fabrics. I live in a warm climate, so most of the time black wicking shorts made of soft material is my choice. My favorite pair has two big pockets, so I can carry my MP3 player, tissue, car key, etc. I've recently changed from cotton tee shirts to sleeveless non-cotton shirts. I like to have cute short sleeve shirts to put on over especially after my runs so I can sit and talk comfortably with my exercise buddies.
I have 2 Moving Comfort bras that were expensive. I wear them when competing. I found a Playtex Secrets model that provides me 90% or better of the support (the straps never fall down) and wear them almost all the time so I can exercise any time.
Just keep trying til you find what works good for you and then buy a bunch of them. I usually am washing 6 or more exercise outfits per week, so it takes a bunch.
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If you tend to get chafe between your thighs, wear the spandex type shorts which won't move as much and cause friciton. Baggy pants tend to move and the seam along the inside of the shorts actually chafes me.
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Moisture wicking is a must! Don't forget socks with moisture wicking as well!
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I exercise in my regular clothes and shoes, because I can't afford to buy something just to exercise in. Usually stretchy jeans and a long sleeve tee - because I will STILL never show my arms until they're more toned.
I do really well with Champion at Target. Prices are reasonable, they wash up nice and I haven't had any problems with them losing their shape. Their sports bras are nice too but I don't have much up top.
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I agree that old navy is good for workout clothes. My only issue is that I have yet to find a good sports bra so I wear a regular victoria's secret bra under a sports bra and that takes care of the boobies lol.
My favorites are Lululemon for tops and leggings/crops, Nike for tops and shorts, Brooks for running tights, and Hind for running tights. Lululemon makes the most flattering workout gear in my opinion.
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my Nike sports bra has been life-changing.
I wear yoga pants/tanks from the Victoria's Secret Pink line as well. They last forever, some I've had for five years. The colour has faded a bit on a few of the black items but they're still sturdy.
For me, a good sports bra and proper running shoes are the most important. My normal exercise outfit, no matter what activity I am doing is sports bra, yoga pants and a tank top or tshirt. Nothing too fancy. I love yoga pants, they are just so comfortable. I recently just got some hot pants for exercising that I wear under my yoga pants.
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Absolutely the most important item you can purchase is a good sports bra. I mean good, spend the extra money, especially if you have a large rack like I do! That and a good pair of cross training sneakers, as for the rest, what ever makes you comfortable. I prefer something a little form fitting (less chaffing, especially in the beginning), but that is a matter of preference. But good shoes and bras are the key. What I spent on my running bra and sneakers equals what I spent for the entire rest of my sports wardrobe!
If it does not fit in the store upon purchase, it won't fit when you get home. Buy clothing and shoes that fit.
I have had great success with Nike, Champion, Athletica, Patagonia, REI, Lands' End, brand clothing. Patagonia and Lands End are guaranteed, period. If you can't try them on in the store, check the return requirements for the store so you can get your money back if the garment is not right for you.
I love Lands End sport tankini, as it is supportive enough to wear jogging, but I can also swim in it! The tank top and shorts style can even be worn outside gardening in summer.
I love cotton blended with spandex, or lycra clothing for fitness wear. I love garments that move with me and don't have excess hanging on me.
Plan on wearing abundant layers as needed for cold weather. When I go jogging in 25 degrees F., I look like I am ready to go snow skiing! But it works. (Two hats, two gloves, two shirts, two jackets, etc. )
Anything from MEC!! sustainable...AND affordable...AND comfortable!! : )
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Wear what you are comfortable in and what is safe for your activity.
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I highly recommend JC Pennys for workout wear. Very inexpensive and hard wearing, plus an equally great selection in plus sizes (where I started as a 3x) and regular sizes (now I'm a medium). I've worn them all the way through! They have a great dry fit line that is generally under $15 per piece, which is about half of most sale prices for dry fit. Between my tops from there and my Danskin capri leggings, I'm set for just about any activity and I generally wear the same "uniform" for anything I sweat to.
Invest in a good pair of socks that have wicking of some kind (dry fit, etc), too. Your feet will appreciate it. :)
It sounds like you're doing basic gym workouts, so it doesn't look like you're doing anything so strenuous or specific that you need different clothing for different activities. Wear what's comfortable and what you feel good in. It wasn't until I started running and rock climbing that I started buying more technical performance gear with moisture wicking properties.
I think most important is to feel good in your workout clothes, both in terms of comfort and in terms of appearance. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but often when we are losing weight we feel dumpy and unattractive and wearing gym clothes that make you feel cute gives you a little boost of self esteem and makes you more likely to want to get out there and let people see you working out. On the website Fit Bottomed Girls they have a little joke about clothes making you "look fast" - they don't make you go any faster, but they make you feel like you can. Anything that gives you a boost is worthwhile, in my opinion!
I love Old Navy's fitness line. They have anything you could possibly be looking for, for whatever exercise/sport/cardio you are doing, plus it's affordable and on top of that they always have sales. I own 2 pairs of compression pants, 2 sports bras, and a few T-shirts... so far. Love them.
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I like spandex since it is tight and doesn't rub in the whole places (*ahem*). I usually wear spandex pants (yoga style with bell bottoms) or clam digger lengths with a compression bra, tank top (usually cotton or a blend) and sometimes a tee/longsleeve over if it is colder. I generally avoid any loose clothes. Target has great stuff and I find it to last much longer than anything at Walmart. Old Navy is good when they have sales, too.
For big girl sports bras (DD) I have two favorites. If you are only a DD or DDD champion makes two good bras in that size. Order from their website if you cant find the big sizes in stores, or look for a hanes outlet store near you. The other brand I love is MOVING COMFORT, I found a lot of help from reviews and forums for Moving comfort that you order down either one band size OR one cup size to get the compression for high impact activites like running or workouts that involve jumping around. I shop at amazon for a better price on moving comfort bras, and sometimes the champion ones too depending. For bottoms I have some Danskin and some victorias secret yoga pants. I have a couple pair of capri pants but I am going to need some tighter fitting shorts for summer, looking at champion and Danskin bike shorts.
I think any clothes that you are comfortable in is good - I wear sweatpants and a t-shirt but one thing you must have -- good shoes. I wear new balance cross trainers. New Balance are wonderfully comfortable for me.
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I would live in the Gap Body line of workout clothes if I could. The capri pants and moisture wicking shirts are super comfortable and flattering, and their sales are pretty good, too. Not all the locations carry the Body line, though, so if your store doesn't have the workout/lingeree section you can find everything online. Their sizing charts are true to fit.
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For a long time not having the "right" clothes was an excuse for me not to exercise. But then I found Champion at Target on sale. I do not know that they are the best, but they are comfortable and they have modest wicking abilities. They are versatile.
In my first trip I got four different sports bras, three shirts, and a couple of shorts (I had some of these before). In my next shopping trip, I would like to get at least one pair of capris and a more fitted shirt (maybe one with support built in) for yoga. But in the mean time, I feel very comfortable with these clothes.
One day, I want to invest in better workout clothing--but I decided I wanted to make a change and did not want to wait until I had money for more expensive clothes.
Look for a sized sports bra - like 38 DD or whatever. It will cost more, but it will change your life! You will probably have to go to a dedicated bra store - I order from breakoutbras.com, and I shop locally at barbaragraves.com. I'm sure there are plenty of others.
For the rest of the outfit, I like tight-fitting shorts or capris (avoids chafing, and keeps the crotch covered during any move when your legs are apart - I learned not to wear basketball shorts the hard way...) and plain cotton T shirts are usually fine, though I have a couple wicking shirts from Academy Sports that are good for extra-sweaty activities. My favorite bike capris came from Target.
Also it's worth getting special athletic socks - Target or old navy or whatever's at TJ Maxx is fine - feet get super sweaty, and blisters are the last thing you want!
Edited by: LEMONADEFISH at: 5/14/2012 (17:56)
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I wear what is comfortable. I roll out of bed to go to the gym and depending on the weather is what I put on...from tank top to sweat shirt...and I usually dress in layers so I can peel them off when I am doing cardio. The way I look at it is NOT a fashion show, I am not there to impress anyone but me. The only thing I suggest is finding a pair of comfortable sneakers that will support you in what ever exercise you do. I belong to a gym whose motto is this is a no judgement zone and people there reflect that ...So I think finding what your comfortable in is a personal choice and finding a place that your comfortable being you while your working out, is what is most important.
I really like the Old Navy Active line of workout clothes. They aren't terribly expensive and come in a wide variety of sizes. Also the stuff that Target carries, I think it's by Champion is pretty good.
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I like Unde Armour for my sports bra. When I'm running outside I wear bike shorts (no chaffing), the bra and a dri fit t-shirt. We live in Key West, with no malls, so everything I buy in workout clothes is online (where everything is available to everyone )
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I like Danskin and Champion for basic black yoga pants that I wear for everything and old t shirts are great for the gym. I wouldn't worry about buying different outfits for different activities, I would just wear whatever is comfortable.
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I recommend a very good probably name brand sports bra such as fila or nike. The rest of your exercise outfits are more about preference and comfort. You can go with easy to find Danskin (quality is okay and they carry larger sizes) or some of the name brands. I usually wear Danskin for yoga, video workouts and treadmill where people don't see me. When I walk/run out of doors, I wear comfortable loose fitting clothing made of dri fit or cotton. I do also have bike shorts and pants highly recommended if you are going more than a short distance on a bike. Hope that helps....
I'm curious as to what type of exercise outfit(s) I should go w/. My walk, do yoga, pilates, aerobics and weight training so would I buy seperate outfits for any of these or should one be versatile enough to work w/ everything I do. I live in a small town w/ not alot to choose from so am also wondering of a good, sure fit type of brand to go w/ that I could possibly order. Advice would be greatly appreciated! =)
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