Signs You’re Wearing The Wrong Workout Clothes
If you do intense workouts every day, you can’t get away with wearing flimsy, bargain buy workout clothes. True workout clothes are designed with the conditions of demanding physical activities in mind. When you are moving your body quickly and for long periods of time, it needs different things from its clothing. Gravity works harder on your muscles and tissue; you sweat profusely, and your skin rubs against itself constantly. Your standard brunch outfit material simply won’t make the cut. If you skimp on your workout wardrobe, you can experience a lot of discomforts, and even heighten the chances of injury. If you’re distracted by itchy material, you may not pay attention to the weights you’re lifting or the speed on the treadmill. A lot of women accept certain annoying traits as normal for workout clothes, but they shouldn’t. Here are 15 signs you’re wearing poor quality workout clothes.
They stink fast
Quality workout clothes should be made from materials that wick away moisture. Moisture carries odors, so if your clothing stinks, you’re probably not wearing moisture-wicking fabric. This means that bacteria sits on your skin during your workout.
They get wet and stay wet
Speaking of moisture wicking material, if your workout clothes become drenched in sweat early on in your workout, and they stay wet the rest of the day, they’re probably not made from quality material. Good fabric dries quickly and ideally doesn’t become wet in the first place.
You can feel the ground
You should not be able to feel the ground through your running shoes. That means they are far too thin and probably aren’t providing your arch and toes support. This can lead to joint problems later in life.
When you exercise, your skin shifts against the fabric you’re wearing. Good workout clothing brands pick their materials with that in mind so that you don’t chafe. A lot of synthetic fabrics will cause serious chafing.
You have blisters
You shouldn’t get blisters every time you go for a jog. This means that your shoes and your socks are too thin.
Your pants are see-through
Stretchy pants, like the ones you wear in yoga, should not become transparent when you bend over. This is a sign that the brand has cut corners on quality and uses loosely stitched fabric.
Your socks get soaked
Proper exercise socks should not become wet. Workout sock manufacturers know that the feet can be the sweatiest and stinkiest part of the body, so they take pains to choose a moisture wicking fabric.
They’re thinning out
Workout clothes go through a lot, and they can be pricey. That’s why quality brands choose materials that can withstand hundreds of spin classes, and just as many runs through the wash. If your material becomes thin, you become exposed to bacteria on the bikes in spin class or the benches in the locker room.
Your boobs are bouncing
Your boobs should experience very little bounce during your workout. Any amount can really harm the tissue in the breast muscle and cause back or neck problems.
They shift during your workout
Workout clothes shouldn’t shift during your workout. You shouldn’t find that your pants have moved so much that the seam that was on your inner thigh is on your knee. This means the manufacturer didn’t choose rigid enough fabric.
They shrink in the wash
Clothes that shrink two sizes in the wash are almost always made from a cheap material that will thin out and expose you to bacteria.
Your nipples are showing
If your nipples are showing, then your sports bra is not providing you with enough support. One way in which a sports bra works is by constraining the breasts, which it can’t do if your material is thin.
There are quotation marks in the name
Stay away from clothing tags with text like “Pilates” pants or “Yoga” pants or “Athletic” bras. The brand put the quotation marks there to tell you that these only look like athletic clothes, but they don’t function like them.
They have yellow spots
If your workout shirt has yellow spots from the sweat, it’s not made from a material that’s proper to workout in. That means it fully absorbs the sweat and holds onto it.
They look really hot
If you look like you could go clubbing in your workout clothes, they’re probably not made from the greatest material. Many brands use bright colors and form-fitting designs to compensate for bad fabric.