Now that the New Year fiasco has more or less settled down, it’s time to kickstart your resolutions (if you haven’t already). Two of the most common goals for us is to live healthier and more active lifestyles. So we’re giving you a much needed helping hand to kickstart your fitness journey, beginning with the right choice of active apparel.
Studies like this one from the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology suggest that what you wear has an impact on your behaviour and attitude – different clothes have different symbolisms. Just as pyjamas ease us into the night, athleisure attire help us work out better. When you put them on, you feel more motivated and eventually perform better.
Just as workout clothes influence your performance, the wrong clothes can and will affect your efforts. In a hot and humid country like Singapore, it’s most apt to wear lightweight, breathable picks – so your skin stays cool, dry, and free from rashes.
Long story short – always choose the right materials and clothes for your fitness regime.
When buying shoes, consult with the store on the fit – are they true to size, or do you need to go half a size down? Also pick shoes based on your activities.
Here, we featured lightweight shoes that are great for most activities like running, cycling or gymming. They offer breathability and are as snug as wearing socks – for optimum comfort.
L-R: Adidas M10 icon Shorts (S$45), Victoria’s Secret Sport Total Knockout Tights with pockets (S$110), Uniqlo AIRism Performance Support Tights (S$30), H&M Seamless Yoga Yights (S$35), Ivy Park Elastic Leggings (S$109), Uniqlo Dry-EX Ultra Stretch Cropped Pants (S$20)
Tights or leggings are ideal for high-intensity workouts in the gym, and running as well. If you want more air circulation, shorts with mesh inners would work well for you. On the other hand, if you’re doing light activities like yoga or pilates, then stretch pants or comfy tights will work better for you.
L-R: Nike FE/NOM Flyknit high support bra (S$109), Victoria’s Secret Sport Angel Max high support bra (S$68), lululemon Colour Me Quick medium support bra (S$98), H&M medium support bra (S$35), Nike Indy light support bra (S$49), Decathlon comfort sports bra (S$5),
When it comes to sports bras, you need to think about how much movement you’ll be doing. If you’re sprinting or having zumba, you’ll want to opt for maximum-support bras that will keep everything tied down and in place (and make the pain of running a thing of the past).
Medium-support bras work with medium-impact workouts like cardio and gym workouts.
However if you’ll be spending your time doing low-impact exercises like yoga or pilates, low-support bras would be perfect.
Alas, some of us aren’t daring enough to go with just a bra. So we picked out the most thin and airy ones that provide the coverage we want. They’re all designed with dripping sweat in mind – so fret not about post-workout smells.