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With signs of warmer weather on the horizons and the constant reminder that swim suit season is right around the corner, many people are starting to focus on returning to the gym and getting in shape. From running, to yoga, to weights, to cardio, there are many different ways you can stress your body into a healthier state. One of my biggest challenges when working out is figuring out what to wear. My problem is that working out for me is never a solo task. It is normally squashed between errands, picking up my kids and the occasional lunch date with a buddy. While I want to look good while working out, my clothing needs to be functional and appropriate for the activity I’m in, but also the stops I make along the way to the gym. For some forms of exercises, such as biking and swimming, choosing an outfit that accommodates that would be challenging, but for general workouts, it can be made easy with pRana and these three key elements:
What to look for in a Workout Outfit for both in and out of the gym
FIT – Choosing your workout clothing depends on several factors such as body image and personal style, You want to choose an item of clothing that is loose, comfortable and covers most of your body. For some people that may be tights and a tank top, whereas for others it may be baggier pants and looser t’s. Regardless, of which style you prefer, you need to be sure that your clothing fits and stays in place while you move through the motions of your workout. Ill fitting clothing (too baggy, too tight, or too large) can cause itchy skin, rashes or serious injuries. When I leave the gym, I am always conscious of how I look. Tights may be appropriate for the gym with a crop top but outside I’d rather a looser style. My new favourite pants are the Mantra Pants from prAna. These pants are mid-rise, straight legged pants with relaxed fit. The thick waistband and the wrinkle free fabric allows them work functionally in the gym, but still look fashionably in public.
FABRIC – Working out should challenge your muscles, increase blood flow and heat up your entire body. To do so, you need to choose a fabric that will allow your skin to breath and wick away moisture. This will keep your body cool during your workout and prevent and discomfort. If you are anticipating as sweaty workout, it is important to choose a synthetic fiber that will minimize the moisture on your skin. If you are a doing a lower impact workout (i.e. yoga), I would recommend a softer fabric such as hemp or cotton. Both are lightweight, breathable and dependable. What I love about prAna products is they are a combination of the combination of hemp, polyester and spandex. Not only is it environmentally friendly as hemp doesn’t require pesticides or chemicals in the farming process, but it provides a soft and versatile product.
COMFORT – Comfort plays a huge role in choosing a workout outfit both in and out of the gym. In the gym, you need something that will allow you to move through the movements easily. You should feel confident and without being self conscious about how tight your outfit is and whether or not the girl behind you can see you underwear during a downward dog. Your outfit should allow you to focus on your workout and not what you are wearing. After the gym, you need something that is appropriate for running errands and something that covers you up appropriately.
My favourite yoga shirt in the prAna line is the Kornelie tank. Its made out of an organic cotton/hemp blend with a v-neck front and beautiful cutout in the back. The length of this tank top is amazing. It comes down to mid butt. It is a class design with a touch of elegance that makes it perfect when paired with legging or yoga pants, or dressed up with a nice pair of jeans. It is staple in my closet that I couldn’t live without.
prAna clothing is a versatile, stylish, and sustainable line of clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day. It may be a bit more of a splurge when it comes to workout wear but these pieces are worth it. Remember, your workout will only be as good as you feel while doing it! With prAna, you will feel GREAT!
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