Know what to wear on your next workout!

Figuring out to wear to the gym and working out overall is confusing if you’re not familiar with how clothes affect exercising. We’ve put together a simple and straightforward guide so you can make the right choices the next time you head over.

1. Sports Bra
While the rest of the items aren’t in order, we put this at the top of the list to emphasize how important it is to wear the right bra. Back and shoulder pain can result from wearing a bra not designed to give enough support during physical activities. Make sure the elastic band fits snugly around your torso, not too loose and not too tight, as with the rest of the bra.

2. Sweat-Wicking Attire

Cotton holds moisture, which leads to accumulation of bacteria and possible infections if you have open wounds under them or near the covered area. Wear clothes that don’t make you feel like you just stepped out of the shower.

3. Clothes that Fit Well
Avoid wearing baggy or too loose clothing. It’s not about fashion but your trainer would have to be able to see how well your body is shaping up overtime from the workout. Tight clothing is also constricting, hindering from you performing exercises well. It also stops the blood from properly flowing, keeping essential nutrients from different parts of your body. Not to mention the chafing it would cause between your thighs.

4. Zero Jewelry
What jewelry can you wear? None. Absolutely none. A necklace would distract you from the constant bouncing as you jog on the treadmill and a ring would prevent you from getting a tight grip on those weights. You risk putting yourself in harm. Keep them in the locker or at home.

5. Good Condition Runners
They shouldn’t be old and worn down because then they wouldn’t give the right cushion and support for your body. A flapping sole would also make you conscious and you won’t be able to focus. Always have a good pair handy.

6. A Loose Top
They’re actually not for the gym but for on your way there and back. Have an array of tanks, cropped tees, wide-collared ones. It adds a little fun and makes dressing for the gym more exciting.

7. Colorful Gym Outfits
Bold, neon, rich, deep, pastels, basics, dark, prints—you name it! Color is definitely in. If you’re hesitant about wearing look-at-me shades and patterns with your everyday wear, the gym is definitely a safe place to do just that. Besides, who doesn’t want to add a bit of cheer to what sometimes feels like a painful chore?

When in doubt, the priority in gym clothing is function then form second and fashion last. We do encourage looking good, and choosing items that boost your confidence. You’ll be excited to head to hit the treadmill, knowing you’re sweating in style!