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What to Wear to the Gym: Performance-Boosting Outfits

Can you improve your workout by wearing the right clothes? Get motivated to move with our tips.


Can’t find the motivation to hit the gym? New workout clothing could help. Studies have shown that the clothing we wear directly influences how we think and act – which means that the colors of your gym clothes or the fabric they’re made from can help motivate you and even improve your workout. Use our tips to swap out that cotton T-shirt and sweatpants for some new workout wear that could make a serious difference in your performance.

Be Color Aware
Did you know that different chemicals are released in your brain depending on which color you’re looking at? A recent study revealed that the color of your exercise clothing can play a huge part in your performance at the gym. Warm, bright shades like red and pink are ideal options for running, biking and other cardio and endurance exercises. They encourage the feel-good hormone dopamine, which improves your mood and commitment levels. Pastels and cool shades like blues and greens are best suited for yoga and Pilates because they help your body relax by releasing calming oxytocin.

Choose Smart Fabrics
Choosing the right fabrics allows you to move freely and keep sweat at bay, and they can also aid performance and recovery time, and help prevent injury. Here’s how to choose the right fabric for your workout of choice:

  • Lycra is best suited for bending, stretching and running. Look for tops, sports bras and pants that have a Lycra blend. The latest trend is compression wear, which is said to increase muscle efficiency and reduce muscle soreness.
  • Bamboo-based fabrics are soft, flexible, eco-friendly and naturally antibacterial, plus light and comfortable to wear – great for your next yoga class.
  • Polyester and semi-synthetic blends such as rayon are commonly used in exercise clothing for their sweat-wicking, wrinkle-free and durable properties, making them a great multi-use choice.
  • Wool or silk blends are natural and breathable. Wear them on outdoor workouts when the weather turns chilly.
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Shift Your Attitude
If you’re new to exercise, splurging on yoga pants or trainers might not be the first thing on your mind, but adding new, stylish workout clothing to your wardrobe could make all the difference. Studies have shown that wearing certain items of clothing can shift you into a more positive mindset and increase your motivation. For an extra boost in confidence, choose tops and bottoms that you feel comfortable in and that complement your body shape.

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Care for Your Workout Wear
Workout fabrics need special care, so always follow the instructions on the label. Try washing them with Tide PODS Plus Febreze Sport Odor Defense to fight tough sport odors and remove sweat, grass stains and dirt. Add Downy Fresh Protect Active Fresh in-wash scent booster to infuse your workout clothes with motion-activated fresheners that release as you exercise.

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