In true fashion for someone going into the Fitness world full-time, SPANDEX has been my friend…I am pretty sure I’m on an over 2 week streak … and there’s no complaints here! What to wear every day can be fun mixing up casual wear with gear that can go from the workout room to the grocery store…
When it comes to WORKING OUT – HOW TO WE MIX IN FUNCTIONAL WEAR with FASHIONABLE WEAR?
I know you’ve been like me, browsing in the store or online and spotting super cute workout gear – the colors, new patterns and prints – it’s all very impressive how we’ve gone from sweats to leggings of all colors.
To keep our gear FUNCTIONAL, I always try to keep a few things in mind so that I don’t feel like I’m focused more on looking cute versus leaving room for OOPSIES to happen –
Tops: This would all depend on WHAT you’re doing and your shape and stature. I am always one to say “get the top (bottom, etc.) that best fits your workout of choice. Keep in mind how much you’ll sweat and move. I always usually wear a tank top to workout and to teach. I get SUPER sweaty hot when I teach, especially when I workout with or teach Insanity, so I plan on that increase in body temperature. If it’s cool out, be sure to dress for the weather, and layer when needed. DRY – WICKING material will be your friend, says the girl who ran her first 5k in a cotton T shirt.
Sports Bras: I LOVE to feel SUPER supported with my bra choices. I’m not a heavily endowed girl, but don’t want any slip ups with jumping around. When I do PiYo, there’s a little more ‘wiggle room’ haha. The bra in the above photo shows how I like the back to be – racerback or criss-cross for added support. Our ‘girls’ tend to move so many inches in many direction when we’re working out, so keep that in mind! 😉
Bottoms: I am a big fan of leggings (spandex, dry-fit) for all sports and workouts. They keep my legs in check and don’t show any goodies on accident. If I’m running and it’s hotter out I may do shorts, but I have always liked shorts that don’t ‘rise.’ Looser bottoms are awesome for dance classes like Zumba or Hip Hop Hustle. Whether they’re tight or loose, you want to have enough room to move and be able to squat if needed etc.
Footwear: I wrote a post HERE about footwear when it comes to cross training instead of running. We can cause injuries or discomfort not using the right shoe for the right workout, so keep that in mind before your next workout. As I said in the post, stability and cushion are important to keep in mind for running along with a few other traits with running footwear. When it comes to cross training or even studio dance classes, movement is created with different sole options. If you have pain in your foot at any point during a workout, you want to check the shoe type, fit, and support.
BOTTOM LINE – Dry-wicking material is your friend, think about the workout you’ll be doing before picking your outfit, have support when needed, and keep your feet safe!