4 Tips For Wearing Workout Clothes Over 60 - Better Life

4 Tips For Wearing Workout Clothes Over 60 – Better Life

Between the growing importance of fitness and the advent of casual wear in the age of the pandemic, workout clothes have come out of the gym into the open. “Athleisure” means changing after a yoga class is strictly optional, and leggings are a wardrobe staple that have nothing to do with athletic ability. We could almost forget we’re wearing our workout clothes to work out, but you don’t want to hop on the treadmill in your jeans and boots. If you’re over 60, staying in shape is more important than ever, and the right equipment just might give your exercise efforts a boost. Read on for expert style advice on how to wear your workout clothes right, in and out of the gym.

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Although it can be said that comfort is essential at any age, it is particularly important after 60 years.

“Choose clothes that have enough stretch to move comfortably with you while you exercise,” advises Deniz Efe, founder of FitnessEquipped. Also, make sure they don’t bind or bunch together as you move around. If you feel better, opt for loose clothing, but avoid flowing models that get in the way or get caught in the equipment.

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Anything comfortable for lounging around the house can’t be duplicated for working out. “You want to feel supported without anything feeling too tight or constricting,” says Holly Chayespersonal style coach at WhoWearsWho.

High waisted leggings are a good example. A favorite is the Align Yoga Pants from Lululemon. These basics come in three different lengths (depending on whether you want full or short length, or depending on your height), as well as sizes 0-14. The waistband keeps your tummy flat, but the soft, buttery fabric ensures you don’t won’t even feel them.

Another item you’ll want to check out for support is workout bras. Most brands specializing in workout wear offer sports bras in a range of support options depending on your cup size or the activity you will be doing (for example, you won’t have need as much support if you take a classy bar as you will if you run).

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Just as you wouldn’t wear flimsy sneakers to work out, don’t wear fabrics that don’t promote movement and sweat.

“Focus on breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics,” suggests Melissa Fiorentino, stylist and trend forecaster at CakeStyle. “Polypropylene is a great choice because it forces moisture to move up the fabric, keeping you dry underneath. You can also find natural fabric alternatives like bamboo, which is lightweight, breathable and soft. “

If you like to train in loose t-shirts, Fiorentino recommends those made with Nike’s Dri-Fit fabric, “which can give you the same look, but with more comfort and moisture-wicking benefits.”

You’ll also want to make sure your items are machine washable and tumble dry safe. If your favorite pieces are easy to care for and hold up well even with frequent washing, you’ll be more likely to wear them.

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It is true that if you feel good in your sportswear, you will be more motivated to move. That’s why experts say you’ll want to have a basic activewear wardrobe. “Start with long tops, workout leggings, biker shorts, and several well-constructed, supportive sports bras,” suggests Fiorentino.

“When you find pieces that are comfortable and supportive without being restrictive, keep this brand in mind as one of your favorite brands when shopping for future workout clothes,” adds Chayes.

And remember, these pieces can do double duty, so you can head straight to the gym after lunch. “Leggings under a skirt, a sports bra under a casual t-shirt, paired with sneakers is typical everyday attire, but with a few quick changes you’re ready for a workout,” notes Chayes.

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