Proper Clothing to Wear When Walking or Jogging
Any time you start a new exercise, you want to make sure that you wear the proper clothing. Of course it makes you feel good to look nice, but the best reasons for wearing the proper clothing for exercise are comfort and safety.
When you’re talking about any exercise, the most important accessory you can purchase is a good pair of shoes. Here are a few tips for choosing the right shoes:
- When you go to purchase shoes, wear the socks you’ll normally wear to work out.
- Choose shoes that have a lot of arch support and cushioning
- Make sure there’s enough wiggle room for your toes. There should be at least a thumb-width of space from your toes to the end of the shoe.
- Replace shoes that have lost their cushion or the tread on the bottom.
If you’re shopping for exercise clothing, make sure you keep both comfort and safety in mind. Choose light colored clothing that can easily be spotted from the road. Wearing dark colors can make it difficult for drivers to see you – especially in the early morning and early evening hours.
Choose fabrics that are breathable as well. Natural fibers, such as cotton, will help to draw sweat away from your skin and help you cool off. They’ll be more comfortable than fabrics such as polyester that keep moisture close the skin.
Make sure that your clothing fits properly as well. Waistbands that are too tight can cause chaffing and discomfort. Clothing that is too baggy can also cause problems. Dressing in layers can also help you to stay warm when it’s cold and then remove an article of clothing as your body warms up.
Dressing appropriately and wearing supportive shoes are great first steps to a good workout.