How to find the right workout gear for you

08/11/2014 3:32 PM

08/11/2014 3:33 PM

When you’re shopping for an upcoming workout, experts say to consider a few things alongside comfort:

• Keep an eye out for breathable materials that include moisture wicking, the stretchy material spandex and elastic.
• Watch out for clothes with seams, which can cause irritation. And unless you’re training for a high-intensity event or in recovery, compression clothing isn’t necessary.
• Depending on your physical activity, you should look for certain details when shopping. For runners, some suggest bottoms with elastic waistbands to keep shorts from falling down, strategically placed pockets and clothing with reflectivity. For yoga, avoid zippers, pockets and loose clothing because you’ll be doing a lot of work on your back and stomach.
• Regarding price: If you only do yoga once a week, then the $90 yoga pants probably aren’t for you. But those who regularly work out might want to invest in long-lasting brands.

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