The New Power Suit
Introduction: Learn about all the latest trends in workout wear that serve more than
one purpose for the busy mom.
Theres something to be said for the power suit. The name alone speaks volumes.
Think confidence, strength, attention getting. Now apply the same principle to
workout apparel. What personality does a ratty t-shirt and baggy sweatpants convey?
What about track pants and a sporty top? Which says coach potato or power walker?
It's a fact, attractive and right-sized clothing make you feel good as you continue to workout.
Gone are the days of the 70s sport shorts and knee-high tube socks and the 80s super
tight and flaw-finding spandex leggings (which today most women run from not in).
There is a fashionable middle ground between too tight and too baggy. You dont have
to be model-perfect to wear attractive, stylish and practical fitness clothes. But,
the right workout apparel like stylish tracksuits can motivate and build confidence
by making you feel sexy and strong. They can also transform into sensible pieces you
can just as easily wear in your spare time. For the latter, mix actual sportswear
pieces with stylish casual items. A nice pair of sweat pants or track pants that
are not excessively baggy or form fitting either try a pair of bootleg low rise
yoga pants with a fitted t-shirt or a trendy vest.Finish off the look with the
perfect cross-trainers, running or walking shoes.
When it's cold outside, you want to keep warm between workouts. Make sure your
choices include thicker materials, such as fleece and cotton lycra mixes that
wick sweat away from your body, and layers that you can peel off as you heat up
while exercising. The reason, cotton absorbs moisture easily and holds heat in.
Its a natural fabric so it is good for sensitive skins or those allergic to synthetic
fabrics. But, remember, cotton wont keep you warm once it gets wet. Lycra gives the
fabric stretch, enabling more freedom of movement. It also helps garments maintain
their shape after washing.
That said, what workout clothes fit your active lifestyle? After all, now that your
body is toning and tightening, you'd like your exercise apparel to show off the
results of those tough workouts. Whatever your fitness activity -- from hiking to
spinning reward yourself with practical clothes that you're comfortable in and
motivates you to get the job done.
Whats a Buff-Mama to wear this season?
Choose loose, comfy, no binding clothing that allows you to bend and twist in a
variety of positions.
Avoid buttons and zippers which may be uncomfortable when lying down.
Bring an additional layer with you since you will often remain motionless and your
body will quickly cool down.
If youre quick to heat up, start off with a long sleeve t-shirt over a tank top
that you can quickly remove while in action. The more skin you expose the faster
you cool down, so tank tops and shorts are perfect.
Choose fitted clothes instead of loose, flapping clothing that can cause chafing
and discomfort or worse get caught in equipment.
Choose a comfortable fitness bra with no clasps or straps to provide support and
help wick sweat away. The right fitness bra is an essential layer for even small-busted women.
Dress for the weather. Your first layer should be comfortable and sweat wicking,
so you stay nice and dry. Start with the right sports bra and athletic top.
A secondary layer for insulation. Long sleeve athletic shirts with a cotton lycra mix
for warmer days or a thin microfleece for colder days.
Your outerwear should be water proof and wind proof. Look for Goretex windbreakers or
similar breathable jackets with an integrated hood, pockets for accessories and
vents for cooling off
Mittens (no gloves, mitties are warmer), hat, socks and glasses. Remember you lose
25% of your body heat through your head.
Don't forget -- SUNSCREEN!
Sandra Mahoney is mother of 3 and co-founder of
website devoted to helping mothers rediscover pasttimes that brought them joy B.C.
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