Skip to main content

Six Factors to Consider When Purchasing Athletic Wear

12/26/2016 11:00AM ● Published by Kimberly Boney

Work It Out

January 2017
By Kimberly Bonéy

You know what time it is. It’s January – the month of new beginnings, a time to set new goals, a chance to make a firm commitment to a new you. It’s always the time of year when the gym is most crowded, because, well, we all have the intention of living a healthier lifestyle (and perhaps dropping a few extra pounds) thrown in somewhere in our mixed (gym) bag of resolutions.

The problem with resolutions is that they often fall by the wayside before the dawn of February. The best way to make - and keep - your commitment to reaching a designated goal is to make a significant investment in it. The investment doesn’t need to be a huge financial commitment, but you will need to invest in the necessary tools to get the job done. In much the same way that you can’t make a commitment to a new diet without purchasing food that aligns with your new meal plan, you can’t commit to a new workout regime without the proper attire. Keep these things in mind while investing in your active wear.


Function – There is something to be said about choosing pieces that are well-suited to the type of exercise you will be doing. If you plan to incorporate running into your regime, invest in a good pair of cross training shoes. The style and color will be solely up to you, but the design concept should support your legs and feet in a way that will make your routine safe and effective. If you are planning to ride a bike, a good pair of biker shorts or leggings is ideal. Are you an aspiring yogi?  Invest in a good pair of yoga pants (or 10). Bonus: They are comfortable enough to live in even when you aren’t in a downward dog pose.


Comfort – What’s the best way to ensure you won’t dread putting on your workout gear every day? Make sure it is comfortable. This begins with making sure your gear fits you well. Yes, you may lose weight on your journey to a healthier you, but while you get there, it’s important to have a full range of mobility based on the kind of exercise you’ll be doing. If you are riding a bike, you’ll need an ensemble that fits tightly, so you aren’t blowing in the wind (and thereby creating unnecessary resistance) as you pedal your way down the trail. Try on any pants or shorts prior to buying them to see if the waistband is comfortable. Walk around for a few minutes in any athletic shoes to be sure they feel good on your feet before making the purchase. Just because they are made for a particular form of exercise doesn’t make them ideal for you.


Support – There is nothing – and, we do mean nothing -  that makes exercise more difficult than failing to have the proper support where you need it. Ladies and gents, this goes for both of you. Make the investment in whatever support system you require before attempting your first workout, particularly if running or jogging is your thing. Trust us on this one.


Moisture-Wicking – Ever heard of the phrase “never let them see you sweat”? It’s never been more fitting than at the gym. Let’s face it. You will sweat during a workout (and if you don’t, you likely aren’t doing it right). Feeling drenched is the quickest way to have you cut that workout short in favor of a hot shower. Stay comfortable longer—and power through a few extra laps or crunches—by investing in moisture-wicking fabrics. Your body and your fellow gym goers will thank you.


Reflection – Whether you are exercising inside or outside, safety is paramount. If you plan to do any of your workout outdoors, make sure some part of your ensemble is reflective. As a runner, biker or rollerblader, this is of particular importance, as your ability to be seen by motorists is quintessential in keeping you safe. And we can’t lie – aside from the safety factor, there’s something fun about an element of shine on your workout ensemble. If glimmer isn’t your thing, however, do consider clothing in light or neon-inspired colors, as these are sure to show up best during twilight or dusk.


Style – When we look good, we feel better. Don’t think for a moment that style goes out the window where workout attire is concerned. With so many fun colors, prints and textures available, you have free reign to express yourself with color, cut and style. We love the new mesh paneling that is appearing in athletic style leggings, not only because it’s stylish, but because it’s like having a built-in breezeway. Let your inner ballerina come alive with toe-shoe inspired leggings, which are a fun and expressive way to combine style and comfort. Floral workout gear is all the rage this season. Layering is a good idea during cooler months, and can work wonders to transform a ho-hum “I just threw this on for the gym” ensemble into something that you’d be happy to run a few errands in after your workout.


17 Things That Should Be In Your Gym Bag

1. A bpa-free water bottle

2. Deodorant

3. A sweat cloth 

4. A bath towel

5. Body wash

6. Shower shoes

7. Face and body wipes

8. Disinfecting wipes (for use before and after use of gym equipment)

9. A music player (good tunes can make for a longer, better workout)

10. Headphones

11. Extra socks

12. A clean change of clothing (don’t forget the underwear)

13. Plastic bags (a perfect place to store sweaty clothing until you get home)

14. A healthy snack

15. A small first aid kit (don’t forget any medications you normally take)

16. A gym lock

17. A heart monitor or Fit Bit

Health+Beauty, In Print, Today
  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/28/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/28/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • The Pastor as PR Director

    09/28/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Tozer Seminary, Redding, invites pastors and nonprofit directors to a free, no-registration works...


  • For the month of September, the Highland Art Center will feature a fun interactive exhibit with h...


  • Honored Elders Dinner

    09/28/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    Join us September 28, 2017 at 5:30 at Win River Resort in the Event Center for the Princess Brav...


  • Riverfront Playhouse Fundraiser

    09/28/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    The Grape Escape is hosting a fund raiser for Riverfront Playhouse. September 28 from 6–9 pm.Join...


  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/29/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/29/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Hayfork Farmers' Market

    09/29/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Come listen to live music, shop for local goods and produce and cultivate community! The Farmers'...


  • For the month of September, the Highland Art Center will feature a fun interactive exhibit with h...


  • Wildcard Brewing Co. Foodie Friday

    09/29/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    On Fridays from 5pm-8pm, we bring you the best of both worlds: a frothy pint and a flavorful plat...


  • Riverfront Playhouse Presents

    09/29/2017
    07:30PM

    By Mary Lynn Dobson Directed by Samantha Fork Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighbo...


  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/30/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Ono Grange Community Yard Sale

    09/30/2017
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    Community Yard Sale at the Ono Grange. Find your next treasure and more at the sale. Horse tack, ...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/30/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • A Royal Tea Party

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Magically encounter your favorite storybook characters, delight in a show fit for a King and snac...


  • Historic Hawes Farms

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    It’s a whole new season of Fall Harvest Festival fun on the farm, with hayrides, pumpkin patch, l...


  • Recovery Happens

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Free BBQ, live music and family fun


  • Tent Peg Village

    09/30/2017
    12:00PM — 05:00PM

    Free carnival-type event for kids of all ages. We will have free face painting, puppet shows, ga...


  • 2017 SUNRISE ROTARY MUD MASH

    09/30/2017
    01:00PM — 11:00PM

    COME JOIN THE FUN AT THE ANNUAL REDDING SUNRISE ROTARY MUD MASH ON THE NASH RANCH AT 10925 OLD OR...


  • Come enjoy all the sights and sounds of our farm while taking a stand against domestic abuse. 100...


  • Mud Mash

    09/30/2017
    02:00PM

    Be sure to bring your buddies and family to watch as you are challenged by the creeks, hills, fie...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Brewhouse Tour

    09/30/2017
    04:30PM — 05:00PM

    Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes at Wildcard? Join us for a tour. This is y...


  • For the month of September, the Highland Art Center will feature a fun interactive exhibit with h...


  • Whisperin' Bill Anderson

    09/30/2017
    07:00PM

    There’s an old saying, “If you want someone’s attention, whisper” Bill Anderson has been using...


  • Riverfront Playhouse Presents

    09/30/2017
    07:30PM

    By Mary Lynn Dobson Directed by Samantha Fork Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighbo...


  • The Stone Hearts rock Gallery After Dark!

    09/30/2017
    09:00PM — 11:30PM

    Join us for our Gallery after Dark series with THE STONE HEARTS , as they play some Awesome music...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/02/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/26/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/26/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • For the month of September, the Highland Art Center will feature a fun interactive exhibit with h...


  • The Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber Certified Farmers' Markets open June 3rd! All farmers and ve...


  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/27/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/27/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Midweek Madness

    09/27/2017
    02:00PM — 08:00PM

    Visit either Wildcard location on Wednesdays and get $3 off a growler fill! Come by the brewery a...


  • Weaverville Farmers' Market

    09/27/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Weaverville Farmers' Market is held on Wednesdays from 4-7 pm from May through October! tr...


  • For the month of September, the Highland Art Center will feature a fun interactive exhibit with h...


  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/28/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/28/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • The Pastor as PR Director

    09/28/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Tozer Seminary, Redding, invites pastors and nonprofit directors to a free, no-registration works...


  • For the month of September, the Highland Art Center will feature a fun interactive exhibit with h...


  • Honored Elders Dinner

    09/28/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    Join us September 28, 2017 at 5:30 at Win River Resort in the Event Center for the Princess Brav...


  • Riverfront Playhouse Fundraiser

    09/28/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    The Grape Escape is hosting a fund raiser for Riverfront Playhouse. September 28 from 6–9 pm.Join...


  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/29/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/29/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Hayfork Farmers' Market

    09/29/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Come listen to live music, shop for local goods and produce and cultivate community! The Farmers'...


  • For the month of September, the Highland Art Center will feature a fun interactive exhibit with h...


  • Wildcard Brewing Co. Foodie Friday

    09/29/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    On Fridays from 5pm-8pm, we bring you the best of both worlds: a frothy pint and a flavorful plat...


  • Riverfront Playhouse Presents

    09/29/2017
    07:30PM

    By Mary Lynn Dobson Directed by Samantha Fork Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighbo...


  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/30/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Ono Grange Community Yard Sale

    09/30/2017
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    Community Yard Sale at the Ono Grange. Find your next treasure and more at the sale. Horse tack, ...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/30/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • A Royal Tea Party

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Magically encounter your favorite storybook characters, delight in a show fit for a King and snac...


  • Historic Hawes Farms

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    It’s a whole new season of Fall Harvest Festival fun on the farm, with hayrides, pumpkin patch, l...


  • Recovery Happens

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    Free BBQ, live music and family fun


  • Tent Peg Village

    09/30/2017
    12:00PM — 05:00PM

    Free carnival-type event for kids of all ages. We will have free face painting, puppet shows, ga...


  • 2017 SUNRISE ROTARY MUD MASH

    09/30/2017
    01:00PM — 11:00PM

    COME JOIN THE FUN AT THE ANNUAL REDDING SUNRISE ROTARY MUD MASH ON THE NASH RANCH AT 10925 OLD OR...


  • Come enjoy all the sights and sounds of our farm while taking a stand against domestic abuse. 100...


  • Mud Mash

    09/30/2017
    02:00PM

    Be sure to bring your buddies and family to watch as you are challenged by the creeks, hills, fie...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Brewhouse Tour

    09/30/2017
    04:30PM — 05:00PM

    Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes at Wildcard? Join us for a tour. This is y...


  • For the month of September, the Highland Art Center will feature a fun interactive exhibit with h...


  • Whisperin' Bill Anderson

    09/30/2017
    07:00PM

    There’s an old saying, “If you want someone’s attention, whisper” Bill Anderson has been using...


  • Riverfront Playhouse Presents

    09/30/2017
    07:30PM

    By Mary Lynn Dobson Directed by Samantha Fork Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighbo...


  • The Stone Hearts rock Gallery After Dark!

    09/30/2017
    09:00PM — 11:30PM

    Join us for our Gallery after Dark series with THE STONE HEARTS , as they play some Awesome music...


  • Whitmore Trail and Poker Ride

    10/01/2017
    08:00AM — 03:00PM

    The Whitmore Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. is sponsoring their annual WHITMORE TRAIL AND POKER RID...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/01/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • A Royal Tea Party

    10/01/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Magically encounter your favorite storybook characters, delight in a show fit for a King and snac...


  • Jewelry Making Classes for All Levels

    10/01/2017
    12:30PM — 03:30PM

    The Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir will once again offer a jewelry making class with Mt. Shasta...


  • B--Monthly Free Concert & Open Mic

    10/01/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    Redding - California State Old Time Fiddles Association, District 6 Free Old Time Fiddle, Bluegra...


  • Riverfront Playhouse Presents

    10/01/2017
    02:00PM

    By Mary Lynn Dobson Directed by Samantha Fork Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighbo...


  • Music by the Mountain 2017 Fall Festival

    10/01/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Music by the Mountain is thrilled to once again host the St. Petersburg based Rimsky-Korsakov Str...


  • SAM Welcomes Redding's Charles Valona Trio

    10/01/2017
    04:00PM — 06:00AM

    The Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir is very excited to participate in Dunsmuir California’s 6th ...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/02/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/03/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/04/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Midweek Madness

    10/04/2017
    02:00PM — 08:00PM

    Visit either Wildcard location on Wednesdays and get $3 off a growler fill! Come by the brewery a...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/05/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Open Mic Event

    10/05/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Fall 2017 Open Mic Afternoons Calling all poets and spoken words artists! Students, faculty, ...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Vinyl Night

    10/05/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Vinyl Night! Join us downtown the first and third Thursday of every month. We are going to ditch ...


  • Michael Carbonaro LIVE

    10/05/2017
    07:30PM

    Ever wondered what it feels like to be on the other side of magician Michael Carbonaro as he work...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    10/06/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Big Bike Weekend

    10/06/2017
    12:00PM — 06:00PM

    Can Am spyder demo rides, dealer displays, vendors, exhibitors, K-9 demonstrations, music, food, ...


  • Helps support the Air Force Monument and programs at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery. ...


  • Hayfork Farmers' Market

    10/06/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Come listen to live music, shop for local goods and produce and cultivate community! The Farmers'...


  • 12th Annual Bidwell Elementary Harvest Festival

    10/06/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Bidwell VIBES, (Volunteers Investing in Bidwell Elementary School), is very excited to again be p...


  • Wildcard Brewing Co. Foodie Friday

    10/06/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    On Fridays from 5pm-8pm, we bring you the best of both worlds: a frothy pint and a flavorful plat...


  • First Friday Art Walk

    10/06/2017
    05:00PM — 08:30PM

    Join us at the Brew Craft Coffee for an exclusive kick-off party at 5:00pm. There are 7 locati...


  • Hope is Alive! 12

    10/06/2017
    05:30PM — 09:00PM

    Have creating music, rhymes or poetry given you light in dark times? Come celebrate how art heals.


  • First Friday on Main

    10/06/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Join us at Enjoy the Store Red Bluff, home to Cedar Crest Brewing and Vineyard, for live music, f...


  • Loose Arrow Band

    10/06/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Loose Arrow Band will be performing from 6-10 p.m. Vendors and food.


  • "Wine and Wool"

    10/06/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    This will be an evening of needle felting, instruction, fun and refreshment. This class would be ...


  • Riverfront Playhouse Presents

    10/06/2017
    07:30PM

    By Mary Lynn Dobson Directed by Samantha Fork Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighbo...


Enter to Win!

 
Check out our sister publication, Enjoy Magazine: South Valley Living
Wedding Style Guide 2017
Enjoy Magazine Facebook
Enjoy Magazine Instagram Instagram
Enjoy Magazine Pinterest Enjoy Magazine

Enjoy Our Sponsors