Awesome Activewear: 4 Ways Fitness Apparel Fits You for Any Occasion
In years past, fitness apparel was something that you wore to the gym, but nowhere else. There was a fine line between gym clothes and clothes for everyday wear. Thanks to advancements in activewear, that’s no longer the case. Fitness apparel has become so widespread that there’s an entire style dedicated to it, known as athleisure. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how you can wear your gear. Here are the four reasons you can wear fitness apparel for just about any occasion.
Fitness Apparel Has Become Much More Stylish
Let’s be honest here—activewear used to be a bit lacking in the style department. Anyone who has watched an 80’s workout video or a Rocky training montage can attest to that. For many years, gym clothes would look out of place anywhere else.
Fortunately, designers decided to give their fitness apparel an upgrade, and gear now looks sleek and cool. Many of the performance tees available through the top brands look just as good as any other quality t-shirt. Running shoes are not only functional, but as stylish as a pair of sharp sneakers. You can now wear your gear and fit in to most normal situations. It still won’t cut it for a black-tie event, but you’re fine on just about any other occasion.
There Is More Specialty Gear Available
Designers have taken notice of the fact that people have different needs when it comes to fitness apparel. Instead of needing to make due with one type of apparel, there’s specialty gear available for all types of activities.
You can go with standard shorts, tees, and shoes if you just need some gear to wear to the gym. Or you can get gear for something specific. That could be a rash guard and a pair of mixed martial arts (MMA) shorts if you’re a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. If you like to hunt, you can get hunting and outdoor apparel that will keep you comfortable and help you blend in. No matter what your activity of choice is, there is probably gear out there designed to help you perform at your best.
You Can Layer Fitness Apparel into Other Outfits
You’re certainly not alone if you don’t feel like walking around in activewear all day. And you don’t need to, because it’s easy to layer with your other clothes, especially since fitness apparel is often fitted.
If you’re most comfortable in activewear, you could wear that as your base layer, and then wear more professional clothing over it. For example, you could put on a light-colored compression shirt under a darker button-up. Even if you’re not concerned about comfort, you also can just take off your outer layer when you hit the gym.
There Is Gear for Every Type of Climate
You never want to be too hot or too cold, and that’s true whether you’re going about your day or exercising. No matter what kind of weather you’re dealing with, there is fitness apparel that will keep you at the right temperature.
For hot summer days, you may find that you like wearing gear with wicking material over cotton shirts and pants. If you’re in a cold environment, there is apparel that can keep heat trapped by your body, and this type of gear is often much thinner than you’d think, making it easy to use as your base layer.
Activewear is here to stay, and considering how comfortable and versatile it is, that’s great news for everyone. You can wear it for almost anything, and with all the gear out there, it’s easy to find items that suit your needs.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. Connect with Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.