For those who enjoy indulging in a little retail therapy on occasion, there may be a silver lining at the end of your monthly credit card bill. Gasp. In fact, experts say that purchasing new clothes can actually trim your waistline–when spent on the right apparel of course.
When you you feel that extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, you’re caught up on bills, and have some spare time, hit up the mall and shop for some new workout gear. Stylish, functional, and comfortable clothing not only encourage, but may actually enhance workouts.
“Having the right clothes doesn’t just remove a hurdle; it reinforces your an identity as an exerciser,” Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and fitness instructor at Stanford, told Fitness. “And when exercising is an integral part of your identity, it isn’t optimal anymore. It’s just part of your life.”
When you wear fashion-forward fitness apparel to the gym, you want to look the part, which motivates ramping up intensity on the treadmill, or sticking around the rec center for an extra 15 minutes.
Comfort and Function
Workout clothes serve a functional and psychological purpose. “On a practical level, you need special workout clothes simply because street clothes are either too constricting, or they’ll rip, or they’re made from non-breathable fibers,” health educator Victoria Moran, author of Fit From Within: 101 Simple Secrets to Change Your Body and Your Life, told medicinenet.com. “But psychologically, you need special workout gear to convince yourself it’s time to workout.”
Runners who sport cozy clothes may log extra miles. It is best to wear a light, breathable outfit because people move more vigorously when they are not over-heated. Running t-shirts or tank tops should be reasonably tight, but not figure-hugging to allow for proper air circulation. Also, look for fabrics that wick away sweat to minimize the irritation of water-logged clothing.
For those looking for style and comfort at a reasonable price, Target offers the new Champion Duo Dry Tech Tee. These shirts come in a wide variety of colors, and are made of a material that speeds evaporation to keep you cool and dry.
Runnings shorts should follow a similar suit–meaning they should be comfortable and lightweight. Most shorts come with an elastic waistband, but it’s beneficial to opt for a pair with a drawstring. This minimizes the discomfort associated with a waistband that is too tight or loose.
Trade in your designer duds for some fashionable fitness apparel and exercise more often–no one wants to waste trendy tatters!