I use new workout clothes as a reward on a regular basis. Meet my mileage goal for the year? Reward is a nice technical top and bottoms. Pricey, but worth it to keep me motivated to wake up at 5 AM to work out!
Being a bigger girl, I find that new material totally uncomfortable and really hot---makes me feel worse---I don't understand why anyone would wear it---unless you are super thin and have no bulges, those clothes look terrible on me and bind me and restrict my movement.
Most of the time im not too picky about what im wearing to work out as long as it is comfortable! I can tell you the one thing I can't go without is a comfortable sports bra!!! A bad one can ruin a whole workout!
i would exercise in AN IRON SUIT if it worked for me - i have had all the fancy apparel, expensive label - the bargain basement stuff - and the old cut offs and t's. it makes no difference as long as you move your body - but as far as weight loss it has not worked very well at all for me. i was doing wt lifting classes - had a personal trainer - BIG BUCKS - line dancing, zumba - you get the picture - as well as using the gym equipment and circuit training i have a tread mill at home and walk on it even in my bathrobe - i am still the same weight - clothing options - bottom of the important list
6/11/2013 9:23:35 AM
totally disagree on cotton. i'm finding i hate having anything other than natural fibers against my skin. I'm not a long-distance runner though, so chafing might be an issue if I did that... but I've tried the poly performance stuff and it always ends up STINKY after one wearing. with BO that won't come out in the wash no matter what I try. Cotton doesn't absorb the BO as much, and it clears right out when I wash it. Plus it does soak up my sweat. Plus it leaves ME less-stinky afterwards because it can breathe in a way the so-called 'performance' stuff doesn't. I notice a huge difference in the stink when I pull off my nylon/spandex bike shorts as compared to my cotton/spandex workout capris. If performance specialty gear works for you, great. for me, the ol' cotton t or a tank for summer is far superior. natural fibers whenever possible on this body!!! I don't workout in sweats, though, because I find they're a little too bulky. and workout gear is REALLY hard to find in larger sizes. I'm about a size 12 right now and all the bike gear I have is XXL and just barely fits. I have no idea what I'd do if I still was 235 like in high school!! I guess ride in T's and jeans probably. Oh, and I have a good friend who is seriously allergic to poly. breaks out in a rash if anything touches her skin... so I try to wear more natural fibers for that reason, too! Wool is actually awesome for wicking and staying warm when wet. Plus the wind doesn't blow through it like poly fleece stuff...
Thanks. Biker shorts, shirt, legging, and my sneakers and Iam straight.
12/3/2012 4:35:09 PM
For the last two years I have been a consistent runner. This is the first year I have shelled out cash for "good" running clothes. I have always worn old cotton t's that are too gross to wear as anything else, and baggy sweats to hide my belly-bulge. After committing to running in the rain last winter, and spending an awful lot of time yanking up the pants and peeling off the shirts, this is my advice: if you are female (like me) and overweight (like me), go to a WOMEN's sports clothing store. They carry really nice, really tested brands. Tell the LADY sales associate what kind of exercise you do, and what you hope to accomplish. I spent nearly two hours trying on "dream" running rain gear, left with only a FANTASTIC sports bra (Moving Comfort- Juno, best $50 spent EVER!!!), and had a great LESSON on what is available, and what I really need. Now I can go to Target, Wal-Mart, etc, and be able to tell if the "cheaper" brands really could perform as well as the fancy.
Work outs should feel good to do. That is the motivation to do them, right? It is not important to have the top of the line everything, but with a few key pieces that improve your workout experience, I think that really motivates me to run those extra miles, rain or shine.
shirts are not a problem for me, but right now i have two pairs of shorts i alternate between, now that cold weather will soon be around, i wonder what i can wear other than sweats. which lets face it, sweats? i mean i really wish i could find some alternative, but until i lose some more tummy, im not going to even entertain the idea.
I love putting on a cheap pair of yoga capris one of the million tee shirts my mother bought me on her vacations. I do have some fancy work out clothes. I get them more as a treat when there's a sale at Dick's or Sports Authority. I'll get a top in a 'great' color. Doing more yoga I did get some shirts that don't move.
There has be a lot more advertisement on Spark lately telling us that part of losing weight is buying stuff. They have to keep the site paid for so it's bound to creep in.
Something not really mentioned under "Fit" that can be important - clothing that we can judge our basic form in, particular doing any sort of strength training, but also in something as basic as walking briskly. If we have baggy sleeves, it's hard to see the right angle at the elbow which is good form.
Very interesting information otherwise. (And let's all be thankful the leotard mindset of the 80's and 90's has given way to more "normal" clothes for group classes.)
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