Follow fashion guidelines when working out

With New Year’s resolutions in full swing, attendance at Lied Recreation Athletic Center and State Gym is bound to be higher than usual. Whether you’re just getting back into working out or are looking to switch up your exercise attire, there are a few things you should consider before heading out the door.

With the added number of people at the gym in January, it’s tempting to try to dress to impress. However, when selecting your workout attire, the first thing to consider is comfort. Whether that’s shorts and a T-shirt or yoga pants and a fitted top, be sure to wear something that isn’t constraining and will allow for maximum mobility. Try your outfit on before your workout to avoid clothing that may show more skin than you want.

With all of the extra people at the gym, it may get a little hotter than normal. You may want to opt for shorts and a loose-fitting top instead of pants so you don’t get too warm while running on the track or lifting weights.

Invest in a good pair of running shoes. You may be tempted to search for an inexpensive pair of shoes, but they likely will not be as reliable as a high-quality pair that will last much longer. Make sure to look for a pair that has good cushioning and sturdy arch supports. Shoe salesmen will be able to give you a more personalized opinion on the proper shoe for you. It is a worthwhile investment that your feet will thank you for later.

Make sure to wear socks that aren’t too thin and come up above your ankle to avoid blisters that could put a damper on your workout plans.