Forget the fancy gadgets and high-priced fashions, the best workout gear should keep you as comfortable as possible while you’re on the move. Whether that means choosing the best fits to avoid chafing and blisters, or learning how to care for your apparel to prevent wear and tear, check out these essential tips to make your workout gear work for you.
DON’T toss your workout shoes once they’ve lost their support. Recycle them at NikeReuseaShoe.com, which accepts any brand of athletic shoe.
DO wash workout clothes separately in cold water on the delicate cycle and then air-dry. This extends the fabric’s life and prevents shrinkage. Bonus washing DON’T: DON’T use fabric softener on clothing that provides wicking; it inhibits the wicking functionality.
DON’T wear bulky socks. There shouldn’t be any folds of excess fabric, otherwise you may end up with nasty blisters. Make sure socks fit snugly.
DO avoid tight-fitting elastic around your arms, shoulders, neck, waist and ankles. These are prime areas for chafing. Check the placement of seams and decorative piping to make sure it won’t inhibit movement.
DON’T wear dark clothes if you’re exercising outside in warm weather. Black, brown and navy will absorb the sunlight and you’ll heat up quickly.
DO look for sales and low prices. Stores like Ross and TJ Maxx often carry regular name brands at lower prices, but it might take a little more work to find what you need. Stores like Target and Kohl’s now offer affordable fitness wear solutions as well.
Originally published on Womansday.com