Exercise Wear That Can Help Boost Your Performance

Exercise Wear That Can Help Boost Your Performance

What you wear to the gym is just as important as what you do when you’re there. Here’s our guide to picking the right clothes to help get the most out of your exercise program.

If your exercise motivation is flagging, a new gym outfit could be the answer. Scientists have discovered that the clothing we wear directly influences how we think and act, so replacing those old joggers with fresh gear could make all the difference to getting you going again.

Be color aware

Did you know different chemicals are released in the brain depending on which color we’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 such as red and pink are ideal options for cardio and endurance exercise as they encourage the feel-good hormone dopamine, improving our mood and commitment levels. Perfect for those dark mornings when all we want to do is stay in bed! On the other hand, pastels and cool shades, such as blues and greens, are best suited to yoga and Pilates as they help the body to relax by releasing calming oxytocin.

Opt for smart fabrics

Choosing the right fabrics will not only help you feel good by allowing you to move freely and keep sweat at bay, they can also aid performance, recovery time and help to prevent injury. Here’s how to choose the right fabric for your workout of choice:

Lycra is perfect for bending, stretching and running. Look out for it in tops, sports bras and trousers especially. The latest trend is compression wear – 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 – perfect for yoga lessons.
Polyester and semi-synthetic blends such as rayon are commonly used in exercise clothing for their sweat-wicking, wrinkle-free and durable properties. That’s why they’re a great multi-use choice.
Wool or silk blends are natural and breathable, making them perfect for outdoor workouts when the weather turns chilly.

Don’t forget…

Technical fabrics need special care to perform well, so always wash them on a cold cycle after every use to avoid damaging the delicate fibers. Try Tide, which is ideal for giving clothes a deep clean even in cold water.

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