You probably know the importance of staying fit, but maybe you’re not sure what you should wear for a particular type of activity. Unfortunately, many people just grab whatever they find in their closets when getting dressed for a workout. As a result, they can injure themselves and fail to receive the most benefit from their exercising. Here’s some must-have apparel and footwear you need to wear for various types of physical activities.

Essential Apparel for Different Types of Physical Activities

Running & Jogging Apparel

As running and jogging produce a considerable amount of sweat, you’ll need to wear breathable fabrics. Choose clothing that can keep moisture away from the body, while not being so tight that it can irritate your skin. On the other hand, clothing that’s too loose can slow down your running stride.

Jogging can also make your body temperature rise by as much as 15 degrees. Therefore, your layers should be easy to remove when your body starts warming up.

Don’t buy sneakers online unless you’re getting a pair you’ve already tried. You should always test the jogging shoes at a store to ensure the best fit.

Your running shoes need to provide a significant amount of support. Thus, only buy sneakers that are specifically made for running. Because feet tend to swell and lengthen as they plant onto a surface, there should be about a thumb’s width of space between the end of a shoe and your longest toe.

Hiking Apparel

When hiking, your body will be exposed to various types of vegetation, critters and inclement weather, so you’ll need protective clothing. Dress in layers, making sure the first layer feels comfortable and is made from a synthetic material that’s able is keep moisture at bay when you sweat. The outermost layer should be waterproof, as well. Choose moisture-wicking socks that are snug but not tight. Additionally, wear a wide-brimmed hat that can protect your face from rain, sun or cold weather.

Be sure your hiking shoes or boots have flexible midsoles. For long-distance hiking, some backpackers wear trail-running shoes, which are great for enhanced ankle and interior support.

Trail Running Apparel

Trail Running Apparel

The main rule when dressing for trail running is to avoid cotton because it soaks up water. Instead, wear clothing made from fibers that can quickly dry, such as nylon, polyester, rayon, and others. Again, dress in layers with the first layer constructed from a material that’s able to keep moisture away from the skin. The second layer should also offer good insulation to best trap heat in cold weather. An outermost layer needs to be able to protect your skin from cold weather, rain, and harsh sun.

Don’t depend on the same shoes you wear for running on roads; running shoes aren’t designed for trails and are more likely to wear down quicker, leaving your feet exposed to roots and sharp rocks. In other words, shoes for trail running should have an adequate buffer between your foot and the ground to protect your feet. These shoes need deeper tread patterns (or lugs) for gripping a trail and preventing slips.

Gym Workout Apparel

When working out at our Olathe gym, wear fabrics that are moisture wicking. Don’t wear baggy, long pants that can easily snag on stationary bikes and other types of gym equipment. Some of the best choices are “yoga pants,” shorts, capris, and tighter sweats (when lifting weights).

For men, wear a tight pair of boxer-briefs for added support. For women, try slim, sweat-wicking underwear that conforms but won’t bunch up, and a sports bra that is specifically fitted to your body (you’ll be quite thankful).

Wear low-profile sneakers that can keep your feet lower to the floor so that you’re less at risk for injuries, such as ankle twists. If you need some advice about a certain type or pair of workout shoes, feel free to ask our personal trainers near Kansas City. We’ll go over all the best options based on your budget, goals, and type of feet (yes, there are types of feet).

Biking Apparel

Underneath cycling shorts and skintight tops, cyclists typically wear base layers that keep them comfortable. Keep in mind how you need to stay warm by trapping some air next to your skin, while also staying dry from sweat. When biking in wet weather, wear a waterproof jacket that can allow body heat to escape to prevent you from feeling clammy and hot.

If you’re an avid cyclist, you probably have a pair of locking cycling shoes. If you’re a casual biker or mountain biker, you’ll want sneakers that have good traction. Look for sneakers that have special pockets to tuck in laces, for safety.

Considerations and Tips

  • Compression clothing, such as compression stockings, has continued to be a trend among endurance athletes.
  • When playing basketball, wear clothing that fits loose but is tight enough so that it doesn’t slip off or get ensnarled during a game.
  • Protect your eyes when playing contact sports by wearing shatterproof eyewear.
  • When dressing for a hike, don’t wear baggy pants that can become snagged in the underbrush.
  • To reduce friction and blisters, many hikers wear two pairs of socks, such as a smooth liner next to the skin along with an outer wool hiking sock.
  • If working out irritates your knee, it’s a good idea to wear a knee brace.
  • It helps to wear a terrycloth sweatband for sweat control when running or working out.
  • When buying shoes, be sure to select the ones designed for your particular type of feet. Some sneakers are best for feet with high arches, while others are better for low arches.
  • If you need advice on tying your shoelaces to prevent blisters, watch this YouTube clip about the “heel lock” technique.

As always, trust in our personal trainers and fitness gurus at SunPoint Fitness to get you on the right path. We sell a wide variety of branded workout clothing and apparel to help you make the most of your exercises, while also representing your go-to Olathe gym! Call us at (913) 267-5348 or visit the front desk to view the types of exercising apparel we have for sale, and you’ll be looking fly.