WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHILE EXCERCISING? Choosing the right fitness clothing and equipment is important to stay comfortable and avoid embarrassing fashion disasters at the gym. Below are a few guidelines for choosing the best fitness clothes: Comfort: Shorts, tee shirts, tights...wear whatever feels good to you. Test your clothes before you go to the gym to make sure your clothes don't ride up, slide down or show more than you want. You may also start out feeling chilly in an air-conditioned exercise room, then get hot and sweaty as you exercise, then get chilled again when you cool down. When you leave the A/C and walk to the car, you’ll either be freezing or too hot, and if you just had a shower as well, your hair may be wet. For all these reasons, layering is the answer to your workout wardrobe needs. You can probably stay comfortable with a pair of lightweight workout pants or shorts, a T-shirt, thick, absorbent socks and a sweatshirt to prevent chills. Cotton is an excellent fabric for exercise clothes because it is absorbent, comes in a huge variety of thicknesses and is easy to care for. Protection . Wear light-colored clothes, plenty of sunscreen and sunglasses if you're exercising outdoors during hot weather. Clothes made of special wicking material keeps you cool and dry in the summer and warm in the winter...you don't need fancy fabrics, but it does make workouts more comfortable. Invest in quality, sports specific shoes. For weight training and low impact activities consider cross-training, running or walking shoes. If you're going to be running, you'll want a running shoe so your feet will have plenty of support. Similarly, if you're participating in a sport such as basketball, football, etc. you'll want a sport-specific shoe so you don't hurt yourself. Ideally, your footwear should provide you with ample arch support as well as proper medial (inside aspect of the foot) and lateral (outside) support. If you've ever had any foot pain, then be specific with the salesperson about what you'll be doing in these sneakers. If you know that you're flat-footed (have no arch), pronate (walk on the inner portion of your foot) or supinate (walk on the outer portion), inform the salesperson; if he knows what he's doing he should recommend shoes designed for those specific conditions. If you don't understand pronation, buy whatever feels best and, over time, monitor where the majority of the wear and tear on your footwear occurs. (If you're a runner this will quickly become obvious.) Generally speaking, when you're weight lifting, a cross-training shoe would be your best bet for appropriate support. You should wear shoes with good shock absorption while exercising. The midsole, insole and cushioning inside the shoe all absorb impact, so be sure these parts of the shoe are well-made. Good shock absorption in your shoes prevents you from putting too much sudden pressure on the bones, muscles, joints and tendons of your lower body Be picky about your workout socks. If they're too thick or thin you could get blisters which can ruin a good workout. Choose clothes to fit your activity. If you're running or walking, a simple pair of shorts and tee shirt might be fine. If you're doing yoga or Pilates, you might choose more fitted clothing so you can move freely but stay covered. You can also find clothes for every size, including plus size exercisers. Also some people find wearing a tank top too revealing, keep in mind that it's always a good idea to concentrate on the muscle groups you're working, so if you're concentrating on your upper body, a tank top may be just the thing. Not only is it easier to focus on the task at hand if you can see the muscle actually lengthening and contracting, it can be a good motivational tool to see your muscles grow before your eyes. There's no right and wrong when it comes to exercise clothes. It's whatever makes you feel good and keeps your comfortable.