So you’ve signed up for a gym membership to kick start the New Year, now what to wear? Here at Very HQ we know how difficult it can be to choose appropriate active gear, there seems to be so many specialist terms and technologies bandied about by the industry that can make it all become quite the hurdle. So we’ve broken things down a bit by categorising low to high impact activities and what you’ll need, helping to fast track your sportswear shopping for a speedier experience. We’ve got this, no sweat!
Low Impact – Yoga
To get into position and pose, you need to invest in clothing that is streamlined, doesn’t move as you do, or dig in. A lightweight sports bra with a looser fit is ideal, like this version from Nike, as it allows full range of movement and mobility. Stay clear of cups, padding or wire as these can restrict manoeuvres and cause discomfort.
A racer back vest or bra stops straps from slipping down, plus the design lets your arms be free and flexible. Expect lots of stretching sessions, so choose a pair of leggings with some give and smooth flat seams that help to reduce rubbing. These fitted adidas yoga tights are made from stretchy fabrics to minimise distractions as you balance your body.
Moderate Impact – Power Walking
Buy some sturdy training shoes that support your step and cushion your feet. The outsole on the Nike Lunarglide 6 is designed with a flex pattern to maximise natural motion and improve resistance on slippery surfaces or pavements.
A lightweight yet protective outdoor jacket is ideal for wet and windy weather meaning there’ll be no excuse to go out and do some exercise! This version by Under Armour features Storm Technology™ that’s water resistant, while being light and breathable. It has a high neck collar and hood that shields from the shivering elements.
You can add some light wrist weights to tone the triceps and biceps, or even wear them on the ankles to achieve leaner legs.
High Impact – Cardio
You are probably going to sweat a lot in aerobic activity, so choose clothing that features moisture management technology. These fabrics are made from fine fibres that pull away perspiration to keep you feeling comfortable and drier for longer, plus they prevent build up of body odour. This PLAYDRY™ vest by Reebok features mesh inserts to offer you the best breathability, while the racer back exposes your skin for extra cooling. The above adidas capri pants are made from climalite® technology that again quickly wicks away sweat, and is designed to stop you from overheating. Invest in a beathable bra with high support that has thick sturdy straps and an elasticated band like this addition by adidas.
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 is a running shoe with a premium foam midsole and contoured forefoot helping to steady your strides as you pound the pavement. The breathable mesh upper keeps your feet cool and airy making them perfect when working up a sweat. For winter running, a streamlined zip-up jacket with moisture management will keep you warm without making you too hot as you pick up the pace. Opt for one with thumbholes and a high neck for additional coverage like this version from Nike. Lastly, pick sensible running tights that feature light-reflecting elements which will make you more visible to cars at night – we love the Supernova tights from adidas.
Speedo are specialists in swimwear, and this one is stylish with splashes of colourful prints, while also supporting and sculpting your shape. Built-in bust support keeps you feeling comfortable and confident, while the stretchy suit sucks in the stomach. And because it’s made from XtraLife Lycra™ it’s designed to last up to 10 times longer than other fabrics, so they’re perfect for the dedicated diver. Speedo goggles have a slimmer style for a smaller and better fit that’s designed for women. This pair features cushioned seals that help to reduce leakage, while ultra-fog lenses ensure full visibility as you dive deeper into the water.
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