Choosing and Caring for Your Workout Clothing

I have been working out fairly regularly for several years now. In that time I have gone through several brands and styles of fitness gear, especially sports bra. By far my favorite are by Adidas. They have kept their form, clean easily and the fit and support is amazing.  I prefer the ones that close or zip in the front.
Why is Adidas so great? Adidas is all about function. And in order for you to
have incredible workouts and feel amazing, you need to have the right apparel,
so they created a line of the best bras imaginable for all of you.

New Adidas Bras for
Everyone
Adidas has released a full line up of super impressive sports
bras for ladies to rock during their workouts. (Or if you just want to wear
something super comfortable!) And get this, they took custom fit to a whole new
level for the sports bra, so sizing doesn’t just run small – large…you can
choose a cup size for the adidas
Women’s Energy Bra – A, B, & C cup
. Prices start at just $25 on the Techfit bras.

Regardless of the brand you go with how you care for your work-out clothing is important. While most brands are made primarily of lycra/spandex higher end brands such as Lululemon  or Zobha cost more because they are made using higher quality material (for instance lululemon’s signature fabric is luon). So when your are spending multiple $20’s for running capris be sure to read the label and surf the brands website for specific care instructions before you through them in the washer.

 No matter what your fitness fashion budget may be a good rule of thumb for extending your work-out gear is to wash them in cold water. I know it is tempting to throw sweaty gear into hot water but don’t!Make sure you use a detergent that works well in cold water and if needed use cleaners made for work-out gear that target perspiration. If you prefer a more natural approach try using vinegar and water.  For best results mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with half-a-cup of water to clean out stubborn perspiration stains. Let the fabric soak for 20-30 minutes and then launder on cool. 

The best way to ensure that odors are easier to remove is to wash your gear as soon as you can. Even if all you do is drop it onto a small bucket  filled with water, detergent, a little vinegar and little baking soda. Let them soak overnight, hang them to dry and then wash them the next day.

Last but certainly not least is the dryer. Heat really has no place in the care of your work-out gear. If you don’t have an outdoor clothes line hang them in laundry room, bathroom, anywhere except next to, in or on heat! 

If you need more inspiration for work-out gear check out my Pinterest page: ‘Cause you need to look good when you work out too

Fitness Friday, Yoga

Yoga, even the name is relaxing yet strong. I don’t perform a set yoga routine daily but I do enjoy adding moves into my workout and will often do a video like the one below on my “rest days”.

Yoga is a great addition to anyone’s routine. Yoga moves will relax and calm you mentally and physically, improve muscle tone and strength, increase flexibility, has a Lower risk of injury compared to traditional workouts, can help you loose weight, benefits breathing and lowers blood pressure, and improves your posture. What other exercise can boost all that?