Even if you don’t make New Year’s resolutions, January is a perfect time to think about stepping up your workout program, or at least starting one! All that delicious food from the holidays has taken its toll on our bodies and now we need to hit the gym, but what should we wear? There are so many types of workouts these days, from yoga to barre, from spin to Pilates. Here’s a guide to help you along when deciding what’s appropriate to wear for each.
Yoga: Yoga pants come in many shapes and styles, but I’m a fan of the full or below-the-knee leggings. On top be sure to wear a sports bra and/or a fitted T-shirt because you may find yourself in a backbend and you wouldn’t want a wardrobe malfunction in front of the class. No shoes, no problem.
Barre & Pilates: Refer to yoga options and add grip socks. Your barre outfit should also be form-fitted and the fabric should be moisture wicking, because you will certainly sweat.
Spin: Speaking of sweating… Hello Cardio! For indoor cycling you’ll want to basically wear as little as possible without being inappropriate. You will get hot! I also recommend renting or buying the spin shoes so you effectively become one with the bike, which helps you focus on the task at hand.
Running: Whether on the treadmill or in the great outdoors, for me running requires two things, good shoes and great music! Running shorts and a lightweight top are best, but as the temp drops you may want to wear full leggings and a long sleeve tee. If you’re out in the sun be sure to add a ball cap, shades and sunscreen.
*If you want to be prepared for nearly anything, your safest bet is to combine yoga leggings, a sports bra and a form fitted tank. This is an ideal ensemble that will take you through all kinds of workouts.
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Originially published in the January 2018 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.