I’ve just started going to the gym (after a decade of planning), and I’m trying to latch onto every bit of materialistic motivation I can find. My first step was to fill my wardrobe with cool gym wear so that I have more incentive to wake up every morning. Once I sleepily stumble into these clothes, hitting the gym is kind of a no-brainer.
If you’re like me and have decided to self-motivate you way to fitness through materialism, here are some of the essential things you need to buy.
Protip: forget visiting a dozen sports stores before you find what you need. I did this every day after work for a week and found squat (see what I did there? *eyebrow waggle*). Then I went onto Flipkart and found enough variety to satisfy my picky tastes in around 10 minutes.
Top Wear: T-shirts, Tank Tops, Hoodies
Don’t get loose tees or tops because they’re just going to get in your way when you’re lifting weights or doing floor exercises. Additionally, choose clothes that have been made from cotton or dri-fit fabric as these materials absorb moisture and keep your skin dry.
Wearing a hoodie is also a great idea because it’ll warm your muscles, joints, and ligaments, which will protect them from wear and tear. It will also help you sweat it out more effectively and improve blood circulation.
Bottom Wear: Shorts, Yoga Pants, Track Pants
Pick shorts that are comfortable and don’t restrict your movement. If you’re going to be doing yoga or stretching exercises, you can get cotton yoga pants that fit you well. For cardio exercises like running or jogging, tracks pants are ideal.
Whatever bottom wear you go with, just make sure that it fits you well and don’t cause any discomfort when you’re working out.
A Good Sports Bra
A perfect-fitting sports bra can make the difference between a bad workout session and a kickass one.
When you’re shopping, try out different sports bras before you zero in on one style. Wear the bra and bend down and sideways to ensure that the fit is perfect and that the material doesn’t irritate your skin.
The Perfect Pair of Shoes
Picking the right shoes when you’re trying to get fit is incredibly important. You need to choose based on your exercise regimen, or you could end up seriously injuring yourself. Luckily, this isn’t too hard, but you might spend some time flip-flopping back and forth between the incredible number of price points and designs available online.
If you’re going to do a lot of walking, jogging, or running, then (obviously, I would hope) running shoes are what you’re looking for. On the other hand, if you’re going to indulge in aerobics or weight training, you’ll need a pair of cross trainers. You’ll also need comfortable ankle-length socks that will keep your feet dry.
When I move on to lifting more weights, I’m also planning to get a pair of gloves for better grip.
While you’re shopping for these wardrobe essentials, don’t just stick to the usual greys and blacks. You could play with different colours and prints just to keep things exciting.
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