04/30/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/01/2021 05:05
Making the transition from indoor workouts to fitness classes in the park? You'll want to adapt your usual gym clothingto suit the terrain.
What is the best gym wear for outdoor workouts?
Whether you're doing your own thing in the park or joining an organised fitness class, getting your kit right is crucial to a good workout.
The first thing to look at is investing in high-performance clothing with technical sweat-wicking properties. Whatever type of workout you're doing, moisture-wicking clothing ensures that sweat doesn't linger on your skin. This means you won't get cold from sweat, and the clothes are breathable - as sweat is carried out, air is also allowed in, keeping you cool and comfortable.
Also consider whether your workout gear is waterproof or water-resistant as there's no telling what the weather might do. It's best to be prepared for anything when training outside.
Finally, while your gym kit needs to perform, you also want to look good when working out. So look for pieces with details you love, from leggings with a side pocket to hold your phone to tops with eye-catching design details.
Our choice of gym clothes from top to toe
What are the best shoes for fitness classes?
Good trainersare a must for any outdoor training sessions, but the best workout shoes depend on the workouts you'll be doing.
If you're mostly going to be running, invest in a good pair of running shoes, like the lightweight Hyper Core Crystal Runner Trainers. If you're into strength training and heavy lifting, go for dedicated lifting shoes which are firm and flat, allowing you to power down into the ground for strong, powerful lifts.
For flexibility to do lots of different activities, choose an all-rounder that offers some shock absorption, cushioning and stability to ensure you're safe and strong whatever you're doing.
Whatever shoes you choose, make sure that they're a good fit. Your heel shouldn't slip out when you walk (or run, or jump), but there should be enough room to wiggle your toes.
How to keep your kit clean
When you're working out a lot, your washing machine is on a constant cycle - but there's even more to consider now you're potentially dealing with grass and dirt as well as sweat in your outdoor sessions.
Luckily, high-tech kit with moisture-wicking properties is easy to keep clean. It may sound counterintuitive but rather than throwing your workout clothes straight into the washing machine, leave them out to breathe for a while first. Then, turn your clothes inside out and wash on a cool cycle to keep them looking and performing at their best.
Take your workout outside
Whatever type of workout you're doing, you want kit that looks good, feels good and performs well. Shop our Sport Performance collectionby your workout style, or select the type of clothing you need to piece together hard-working and hard-wearing outfits for all your outdoor workouts.