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Proper Aerobic Clothing

Aug 17, 2007
One of the most motivational things you can do when it comes to starting a workout is to buy some good quality and effective aerobic clothing. This should be viewed as a motivational tool, and has been found to be quite useful for many people who want to get started on their exercise program in style. But there is much more to consider than just fashion or looks when it comes to aerobic clothing. Don't make hasty or rash decisions when selecting your outfits, or you may end up just leaving those outfits on your exercise machine to gather dust!

You must remember that your aerobic clothing is an integral and crucial part of your workout. That may sound silly, but you need to understand why this is the case so you won't select the wrong clothing. Wearing an outfit that is inappropriate for the routine will make you very uncomfortable. You will be less likely to return to the health club or gym if the exercise routine and your aerobic clothing are uncomfortable. This is a fact of human nature that we cannot get around, it is hard-wired into us.

Our basic nature has us avoiding unpleasant situations. If a given exercise routine is demending of us but our aerobic clothing gets in the way, we will be likely to skip or eliminate that particular exercise. This is unfortunate because that may have been a very GOOD exercise for you, but you have gotten rid of it NOT because it was beyond your abilities, but because you have the wrong clothing on!

You need to remember to keep the clothing loose. In though some people think it may be in vogue, tight fitting aerobic clothing will limit your range of motion and mobility and could even restrict blood flow in parts of your body. If you are going to invest the time into a workout, make sure it is a GOOD workout, since there is no point in it if you have limited mobility or restricted range of motion. You also want to be sure that you remain well-ventilated not wear something that could restrict blood flow.

You may have heard fashion experts say that black is slimming, but you also need to apply some logic to your selection. Black is a NOT your best color during summer workouts because it will retain and collect heat. You need to choose aerobic clothing that is light in color, which will reflect the sun away from you. If you wear black or darker colors and become hot and sweaty, you could become faint or tire more easily, and there is no sense in sabotaging your own workout!

Start slowly. You are supposed to sweat when you work out, but you don't want to start sweating before you have even stretched your muscles. Getting overheated is a major danger when you do something that puts physical demands on your body and various muscle groups. Wearing light aerobic clothing will help you stay cool and energized during your workout and make your routine much more enjoyable.

If you live in cooler areas of the country, you can benefit from layering your aerobic clothing. If you keep lighter materials closer to the skin, then you can put fleece and heavier material over the top of that. This layering allows you to peel a layer off if you start to feel over-heated.
About the Author
Jon Arnold is an author and computer engineer who maintains various web sites to provide tips and information on a variety of topics. More info on this topic can be found at his Aerobics web site at http://jag-info-resources.com/aerobics/
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