Running is one of the most convenient and low- maintenance exercises out there. That said, once you take up this sport, you need to pay attention to running wardrobe. In fact, the right running clothing can make the difference between an enjoyable run and an hour of complete misery.
Proper running clothing can increase your motivation, improve your training performance, show your fashion sense, and give you a little confidence boost—all of which can increases your chances of success.
The running must-have items
First, you need a pair of proper running shoes—something that feels comfortable to run in. Shoes designed specifically for running tend to be more durable and lightweight with a more running-specific fit than similar-looking generic shoes. Running-specific shoes are a very good idea if you are a serious or frequent runner, have imperfect bio-mechanics, or are susceptible to injuries.
Secondly, you'll need the right clothing for running, and that includes shirts, shorts, tights, and a good high-impact sports bra.
Let me start with the most important workout clothing tip—never, under any circumstance, wear cotton while running. Cotton retains moisture when wet. When you sweat it will become saturated and lose most of its breathability. This will make the shirt uncomfortable and heavy. Furthermore, if the surrounding temperature cools the shirt will take a long time to dry and you will start to feel cold from the dampness. Cotton is the worst performing fabric for high perspiration sports.
High-performance, stretchy, technical fabrics are ideal for high perspiration activities. This loose weave provides gaps for air flow and little surface area for moisture to adhere to. High-tech fabrics will become quickly saturated with and low volume of moisture and then the excess moistures flows off the body. Therefore, the moisture will evaporate quickly once the perspiration stops or the shirt is hung.
Poor Odor resistance. Since synthetics tend to absorb bacteria so they will develop odor quickly. Most synthetic running clothing will need to be washed often. Odor resistant treatments tend to be limited in their effectiveness.
The best fabrics are usually made from high-performance synthetic materials such as polyester, Coolmax nylon or Lycra.
Shirt choice depends on the weather. That's why you will need shirts for different seasons and in a variety of weights and fabrics. Make sure that your running shirt fits nicely and loosely, so it won't bother you while exercising. To regulate your body temperature and provide with a little of rapid cooling, consider getting a shirt with a mesh panel covering high heat areas such as the back, underarms, and sides.
2. The Shorts
Running shorts are an integral part of your workout wardrobe. Running shorts can provide you with enough support, comfort, and practicality. Wearing the lightest, least covering clothing *designed* for running is your best course of action. The three greatest reasons are sweat control, cooling and the resulting comfort. Most serious runners wear short shorts.
3. Sports Bras
If you are serious about the sport, a proper, high-impact, sports bra is non-negotiable for running. An improper sports bra won't provide you with enough support to reduce breast movement while running. This bouncing action is not only uncomfortable but can also stretch the ligament around the breast, which is an irreversible damage in most cases. And any permanent stretching of these supporting ligaments can cause the breast to droop.
You'll also need headwear for different weather conditions—mainly a face mask, a stocking for cold, and a cap with a visor to protect you from the sun, blinding headlights and rain. For rainy days, opt for waterproof pants, wind-resistant jackets and sweatpants to keep you running dry and comfortable.