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What to Wear to the Gym

By Sara Butler

You may find yourself going to the gym regularly, only to find that your performance has hit a plateau. Or perhaps you’re suffering from lingering soreness after your workout. If these scenarios sound familiar, the problem might be with what you’re wearing to the gym. Here are some tips for men and women to help you get the most out of your workout with the clothes you wear.

Get Moisture-Wicking Clothes

Sweating at the gym is expected. As your body temperature rises during your workout, sweat helps to keep you cool. If you overheat, then you are setting yourself up for potential muscle cramps, dehydration, soreness, and tight muscles.

To help you cool down during your workout, your sweat needs to evaporate. Natural fibers such as cotton will absorb sweat and trap it against your skin, not allowing it to evaporate and help cool you down. Investing in performance fabrics that helps to wick away sweat from the skin so it can evaporate and keep you cool is one way to help keep you healthy during a workout.

Find the Happy Medium

You don’t want to wear workout clothes that are too tight or too loose -- you have to find something that is just right. You don’t want clothes that restrict movement because it may force the muscles to compensate or strain in ways that can lead to injury. But fabric that is too loose can risk getting tangled and increase the chance of injury too. So, find a spot in between the two extremes.

Luckily, there are form fitting but stretchy fabrics out there that can do the job. Spandex is great because it’s a four-way stretch fabric, so the chance it will restrict movement is reduced.

Go Compression

Many studies have found that compression workout clothes improve performance and help to speed recovery by reducing inflammation and soreness. If you don’t like working out in compression clothes, don’t worry. Those same studies have shown that wearing compression clothes after your workout can have the same effect.

Get the Proper Gear

You need the right gear for the right activity. If you want to cycle, get cycling shoes. If you want to try yoga, then get clothes that will allow you to move freely through the class. You get the point -- buy the appropriate gear for what you want to do to keep you safe and healthy.

Being successful with your exercise routine is about more than what you do, it's what you wear. So set yourself up for success!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hoboken, N.J.

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