Monday, January 25, 2021

Women’s Workout Clothes: Why They Are SO Important!


If you are new to exercising, then you likely are not prepared to begin a routine until you build an adequate workout wardrobe. Having the right woman’s workout clothes can not only keep you safe and comfortable, but it can also make your workout more effective and help you get the results you are looking for. In this article, you will find advice on why having the right workout clothes for women is so important. There are many different aspects that should be examined when you consider what you wear when working out. Take a look at the list of tips below. They should help you better understand what to look for.

Women’s Fitness Apparel

The fitness apparel you wear during your workout can be just as important as the workout itself.

Here you’ll find general guidelines to help you choose the right workout clothes.

Clothing that doesn’t fit you well can make a difference in your workout performance.

From my own personal experience, as I started losing weight it was great to buy some new workout clothes.

You want to feel good and look good. You also want to be comfortable.

Women’s Fitness Apparel Fashion

Woman In Fitness Apparel

There are many choices in clothing offered by the fashion industry. There are also many fashion industries to choose from.

When choosing what type of workout clothes to purchase, consider the following:

  •  Workout clothes should be comfortable, not tight or constricting.
  •  The material should be good quality and flexible, and give you room to move and breathe freely.
  •  The material should be breathable, especially if you’re involved in high impact workouts that cause you to sweat.
  •  Choose workout clothes specific to the exercise activities you are participating in.
  • Material choices are another factor to consider when choosing fitness apparel. The materials to consider when purchasing workout clothes are:
  •  CoolMax or wicking-material – these aid in the evaporation of sweat and are quick cooling. This material is also efficient to wear under warmer clothing for outside activites.
  •  Fleece is lightweight and is great insulation without being bulky. It dries quickly and it is water resistant.
  •  Supplex is soft and comfy, as well as long lasting and it dries quickly. It’s also used with other materials to improve flexibility.
  •  Nylon, acrylic, or polypropylene gives you a good balance of functionality and comfort.

How Do I Choose The Right Fitness Apparel?

There really isn’t any right or wrong when it comes to workout clothes. Your choice should give you freedom of movement, give you support, make you feel good and keep the sweat away. Today you have great choices in shorts, leggings, tops, bras and footwear.

Whether you go to a health club or workout at home, you can buy comfortable, durable and flattering fitness apparel.

General Guidelines For Women’s Fitness Apparel

  •  Wear lighter clothes than temperatures might indicate.
  •  Choose comfy clothes such as shorts, leggings, tee shirts, tank tops, and jogging suits.
  •  In warmer weather, wear light colored clothes to reflect the sun’s rays. If you’re exercising outside, don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses.
  •  In cold winter months, wear dark clothes and dress in layers. Layers help trap the heat and if you become too warm, you can remove a layer.


What you wear on your feet is just as important, if not more so, then the clothing you wear. If you jog or run, you have a greater chance of injury. If your footwear doesn’t fit you properly, you can suffer from blisters.

Choosing Footwear

Running shoes

Find out your foot type if you don’t know it (high arches, flat-footed or pronator – very low or flat arch). Purchase shoes that give you the comfort and support you need.

Wear your sport socks when you try on shoes. Your heel should be snug and not slide. Try on both shoes, laced up, and walk or jog around the store.

Athletic shoes should feel good and ready to wear when you put them on.

Choose shoes that have plenty of cushion for high impact aerobic activities such as tennis or running.

Choose Women’s fitness apparel that can provide comfort so that you can enjoy your Fitness exercises. Wearing the proper outfit needed for a particular activity can enable you to move with comfort and ease.


The number one reason why choosing the right workout clothing that is ideal for your exercise and body type is important is for safety issues. For instance, if you are running for exercise, having the proper shoe can keep you from inuring your legs, knees or ankles during a run. Aerobics routines are accidents waiting to happen if your pants are too long in length and you trip over them. Loose fitting clothing can easily get caught in bikes and other exercise equipment if you are not careful.

Having the right workout clothes is important if you want to remain safe and avoid injury. Decide on what forms of exercise you will be doing most often and purchase clothing items that work best in that situation.


It is hard to stay focused or even finish a workout if you are not comfortable. Choosing the right workout clothes for your body type is an essential part of remaining comfortable during exercise. If your clothing is too tight and restricts breathing or circulation, you obviously are going to be uncomfortable and want to stop.

Similarly, if you choose clothing that is too heavy or nonabsorbent, you could find yourself overheating and needing a break after a short amount of exercise. Clothes that are the wrong material for exercise can also cause chaffing and ill fitting shoes can give you blisters. Remaining comfortable is important when you exercise and will allow you to work harder and longer towards your fitness goals. Remember, the more comfortable you are, the more likely you will be to continue that particular exercise routine.


Most types exercises require that you have a great deal of flexibility in order to be performed the right way. Not performing the exercise properly may make it ineffective or even dangerous. A woman’s workout clothing should always provide her with flexibility as well as support. They should not be too snug or loose, but should definitely be made of a type of fabric that can easily stretch. This will allow the clothing to move with you when you workout, allowing you to reach, bend, move and twist as needed for your particular type of workout.

Additional Benefits

Some workout clothing can provide additional benefits that make it an even better choice. For instance, some jackets, shirts and pants are made of sweat slicking material that quickly removes the sweat from your skin and keeps you cool and dry during your workout. Specific types of sneakers are designed to help tone your legs and bottom and give you a leg up when it comes to getting fit.

Choosing the right woman’s workout clothes is an important part of any fitness process. Without the proper attire, you are putting yourself at risk of injury or even failure.


  1. Sammy

    Summer in Southern California means a lot of hot days with the daytime temps in the 80’s to 100’s. Shopping for clothes means finding clothes that don’t stick to your skin or have fabrics made with pesticides or harsh chemical processes. I was browsing on the web for some organic clothes and found a great list of companies that specialize in organic clothing items. I picked up a handmade t-shirt dress made from organic cotton and bit of spandex from Yana Dee that feels wonderful on the skin. Another company that makes beautiful organic cotton summer dresses is pRana which I discovered in Santa Monica at the REI store.

  2. Ryan

    Whenever I need motivation I uulsaly put a song that gets me pumped up. Sometimes I put a movie on that has an individual that exercises to achieve his or her goal ( rocky, Bruce lee, best of the best.) these type of things motivate me. I could work for you, or maybe you need to search for your own type of motivation. Looking at yourself in the mirror telling yourself about what your going to do helps some people. Others take shakes with protines and vitamins to boost energy.Even training with a partner can help. In the end it all depends on what you feel most comfort with.

  3. Linda

    Great article, thank you for it!
    I’ve noticed the importance of proper workout clothes when I started martial arts and gym work. Loose clothes was best for martial arts, improper for the gym because it got stuck in things. Footwear proved critical in both, because the cheap sneakers I got actually slipped on both floors and made me an injury magnet.

    In the end, I think you just need to see how your clothing behaves according to your workout environment. Different workouts may be better suited for different types of workout clothing (like it was with me with martial arts vs gym)

  4. Viv

    Never knew it was that important to wear comfortable clothes while working out. Thanks for letting me know!

  5. Summer

    Great article. Every other article I find on what to look for when choosing workout clothes talks about how to choose clothes that make me ~“…look cute…”. Hahaha, I’m more concerned with my workout clothes fitting and supporting me during high intensity exercises that I do.

    • Lindsey

      Right? Does the piece fit? Is the piece comfortable? Is the fabric breath able or is it going to give me rash? I couldn’t care less how cute I look to others when I’m in beast

  6. Sonia L.

    I use o think people who wanted certain work out clothes were just being flash but when I started myself, I realized that those cute pink trainers didn’t support my feet and they started hurting. I now wear Asics which are fabulous.
    I also go Spinning ( Studio cycling) and have to wear capri pants as anything that flairs could get caught in the peddle and get me hurt badly.

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