Post-workout you should ideally be feeling sore, exhausted but satisfied. What you wear makes a big impact on achieving this state. There are many factors to consider when buying yourself activewear, from what fabric is best for you to whether they suit the activity you’ll be doing. Here’s everything you need to know on choosing the right workout clothes.

The Fabric

When it comes to workout clothes, they should be able to pull moisture away from the skin and not have it bogged down in the cloth. How does this work? Fabrics with this ability work by a concept known as capillary action. They have tiny tubes which the water uses to move through and exit into the air. So what you need to identify is which fabrics have a good wicking ability. For example, synthetic fibres like polyester, polypropylene are popular choices. Cotton is the worst choice you could make as its wicking ability is pretty low. Rubber-based, plastic or less breathable fabrics too usually don’t allow moisture to evaporate and also keep your temperature far too high.

The Fit

The clothes you wear and the fit you decide on depends on what type of activity you’ll be doing. In general, you need to wear clothes that aren’t too tight and restrictive. But usually when running, cycling or any activity that involves equipment, you can’t have loose fabric flapping about- it might very well get caught. For these activities, you should view range of ladies compression shorts or men’s singlets. For yoga too, fitted but stretchy clothes are generally the most effective.

The Weather

What you wear obviously also depends on the weather. In hot weather, you need more breathable, light fabrics that will keep you cool yet dry. In colder weather, it’s a little more effort. You’ll be sweating and your temperature is bound to rise pretty fast so while it may initially feel cold, don’t count on it to remain that way. Dress in layers that you can easily remove. Remember that your innermost layer should be a wicking fabric and your next layer should be your insulator against the cold. When it’s windy weather and you’re contemplating a run, then you’re definitely setting yourself up for a chill if you don’t dress appropriately. Once again remember to have an inner wicking material and an outer layer (a zip-up hoodie, for example) would protect you from the great outdoors.

Inner Support

This one is for all the women out there who need a tad bit more chest support. The ideal sports bra would also be able to wick moisture away from the body. It needs to have a wide yet snug elastic band that won’t cause that dreaded chaffing or ride up during a workout. From yoga to kickboxing and weightlifting, a well-fitted sports bra can be used across all activities. Pick out a poorly fitted bra or one not meant for sports, and you’ll have to endure back aches, sagging and other unnecessary discomforts.

So that’s it folks- this is all you need to know when choosing the right sportswear. Remember to have skin-fitting support but at the same time, it shouldn’t be restrictive.