Look good and feel good in your workout wear
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
1/08/13 at 6:56 AM
The new year has arrived, and with it a surge in new gym memberships driven by new or revived resolutions to get active and get healthy.
RunnersWorld Tulsa general manager Deon Bean said that in picking out what you'll be wearing as you make good on your fitness resolution, be sure that whatever you invest in will keep you cool and dry.
So "stay away from cotton - it doesn't breathe."
If you're headed outside, a good pair of running tights, a suitable base layer and a warm jacket are a great place to start, Bean said. If the wind is especially bad outside, you'll probably want to do some extra bundling up, he added.
Headed to the gym?
Keep your clothes lightweight and continue to stay away from cotton.
Nadine Gelberg, creator of Devigi, a new line of high-fashion fitness apparel, said in a statement that while keeping your fitness commitment to yourself, choosing clothes that you feel good in really makes a difference.
"Nothing helps the fitness commitment more than enthusiasm and confidence. The right fitness apparel can camouflage holiday bellies to give you the confidence to hit the gym and provide the positive reinforcement to continue the commitment past February," Gelberg said.
According to Gelberg, your workout gear is really working for you when it:
Flatters: Improving your attitude about exercise and increasing your motivation to work out. Don't wait to look good in your gym clothes; get active wear that looks great on you right now.
Functions: Gelberg said that your favorite workout outfit should put a little pep in your step. It's not weighing you down but adding energy and "bounce" to your workout experience. "In fitness, that extra bounce translates into intensity: bumping up your pace on the treadmill, an additional set at the gym, or more energy in Zumba class."
Transitions: Just thinking about getting into or out of your workout clothes to carry on with life before and after your workout routine can be discouraging in itself. Pick workout wear that transitions well from the gym to the grocery store to the coffeeshop or to school. Having apparel that is wearable in multiple settings makes incorporating a workout routine into your schedule that much more convenient.
Comfort: It is important to not only feel confident in your workout clothes but comfortable. You're more likely to forgo your workout routine or trip to the gym if you don't feel physically comfortable. "Clothes should be soft, comfortable and help regulate your temperature so you are warm in cold weather without overheating during your workout," Gelberg said.
To kick off your new-year fitness commitments in style, here are some apparel ideas:
The Adidas Get-Energized Track Jacket at Kohl's is on sale for $42.50. The zip-front jacket features ClimaLite moisture-wicking technology to keep you dry and comes in an assortment of colors that will bring some extra energy to your workout.
Pair it with Adidas Pursuit ClimaLite Pants, also at Kohl's on sale for $42.50.
Check out Old Navy's Active GoDRY Mesh Tank right now for $8. The scoop-neck top has allover pique mesh, a racer back and a nice shape without being too form-fitting around the torso.
Trade in your boring gray sports bra for a new one in a highlighter shade of yellow offered at Target for $12.99. The seamless C9 by Champion Women's Reversible Racerback Bra Limited Edition features Duo Dry, another system designed to keep you dry and comes in colors that will have you working out with spring and summer on the brain. Think "Island Turquoise" and "Neon Orange."
Original Print Headline: Stay high and dry
Bravetta Hassell 918-581-8316
Whatever activewear you invest in, it needs to breathe and keep you dry. These pieces are made with materials designed to keep its wearer dry. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World
Your workout wear should flatter you. How much will you really want to work if you don't feel confident and comfortable in the clothes you're cooking up a sweat in? Don't wait to look good in your gym clothes; get activewear that looks great on you right now. Adidas Pursuit ClimaLite Pants ($42.50 on sale, Kohls.com) Courtesy
RunnersWorld Tulsa general manager Deon Bean says consider adding extra layers when exercising outside, especially if the wind is a big issue. Nike All Time Therma-FIT Fleece Hoodie ($50, kohls.com) Courtesy
Polar FT4 Purple Heart Rate Monitor Watch ($150, Kohls.com) Courtesy