Monday, 28 April 2008

Gearing up for a great workout

If your idea of workout gear is a ratty t-shirt, old shorts and old trainers, you may want to rethink your outfit. Experts say that what you wear can actually influence your workout habits, length and intensity.

Comfort is key and different clothing styles can work for different activities. Consider which activities in which you will be participating. Ask an instructor, a reliable expert friend, or visit your local sporting goods store for advice on what type of clothing is neccessary to be the most comfortable and safe while performing a certain activity or participating in your sport of choice.

Another facet of comfort is feeling good in the clothes you're wearing. Choosing a flattering workout outfit can help to boost a person's confidence, even if he or she isn't at his or her target weight or fitness level. Choosing clothing that neither fits too tightly nor too loosely allows for movement and a more appealing silhouette, which can create a higher self image while sweating it out in the gym or on the field. Having a higher self image while working out could help a person stick with an exercise programme for a longer period of time.

Finally, proper support gear for the body can help extend a person's workout. Most importantly, make sure that you're wearing the proper shoes for your foot type and workout activities. Ask your doctor if you might need special insoles. If you have weak knees or ankles, you may want to think about a support brace, although this is not a substitute for proper physical therapy.

Finally, coming into 2008, the trendiest and most exciting additions to your wardrobe are technological gadgets. From heart monitors to time pieces, to wearable fitness coaches, technology on the go can both help boost your fitness regime and also help you to look great and accomplish your goals. When it comes to fashion, everyone's different, but don't forget to suit yourself!

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