Shorts, leggings or yoga pants? How to choose the right gear

A great workout starts with the right gear. There’s nothing more annoying than getting into a groove, only to realise that your workout clothes keep getting in the way! When it comes to choosing the best workout pants, there are a few tips you can consider. Take a look:

First off, think about the type of exercise you’ll be doing.

According to Sweat.com, it is important to consider your sports type when choosing workout pants. When biking, avoid loose pants that can snag in the gears and pedals. When you’re running, snug fitting leggings will most probably be more comfortable than pants with a lot of excess material.

While loose yoga pants might seem like a good choice when you’re moving through those asanas, it might be better to choose leggings or open shorts that show your muscle tone. For instance, when you’re in a position like Warrior 2, you want to make sure your thighs are properly aligned and activated. If you’re wearing loose pants, it can be difficult for your instructor to see if your posture is correct. At the same time, extra fabric can become annoying when you move into twists.

When you’re hitting the gym

Most gyms will control the temperature with air-conditioning, which means you might be more comfortable exercising in shorts. If it is cold outside, though, remember to pack a pair of sweats that you can throw on after your session, which will protect your muscles while they are cooling down.

Pick the right fabric

Look for fabrics that “wick” or pull moisture away from the skin, which will help you cool down. According to Shape.com, it’s best to consider nylon, tencel or wool. Cotton might be breathable but it tends to absorb and hold moisture, which might lead to discomfort or chafing.

Find the right fit

When buying workout gear, make sure you find something that fits snugly but not too tightly. According to Gymventures.com, you should be able to move comfortably. At the same time, pants and leggings should sit firmly around your waist or they might begin to slip down while you’re working out.

It is also important to find clothes you’re comfortable wearing, and that make you feel good about yourself. If you’re still uncomfortable showing off those curves, it might not work to wear super snug, figure-hugging pants. Look for something that will encourage your workout, not dissuade you from hitting the circuit.

On the other hand, if you’ve literally been working your butt off, find an outfit that will flaunt it!