One of the main question women have when they begin cross training is what type of clothing they should wear. This all depends on what type of exercise you will be performing and whether you are exercising inside or outside. Of course, your individual budget and personal preferences also determine what type of clothing you should wear for cross training. Below are just a few ideas as to the types of clothing you should wear to provide the maximum amount of comfort without hindering physical movement.
When choosing shoes for cross training activities, make sure they match the type of workout you will be performing. If you will be performing several types of exercise, wear general cross training sneakers. Sporting goods stores specially train their employees to help you find the perfect shoe and fit for you. Make sure the shoes you choose have proper arch support, and help to stabilize your ankles.
When choosing socks for cross training, make sure they are made of a cotton/nylon blend, specifically designed for exercise. These types of socks are designed to help wick moisture away from the skin and stop your feet from sliding around in your shoes. If possible, choose socks that are seamless. Pronounced seams in the toes of socks can irritate your feet during exercise, leading to blisters. There are also socks available that have extra padding in the heel and toe area to prevent rubbing. Foot irritation is one of the main causes of downtime during a training routine, so making sure you are protecting them in all areas can keep injury away and extend your training.
Shirts and pants
When it comes to shirts, shorts and pants, try to stay away from 100% cotton materials. Instead, choose clothing made specifically for runners and cross trainers made of so-called ‘technical’ materials, which are designed to pull moisture and sweat away from your skin. Because these materials are lightweight, they prevent painful chafing and irritation that heavier cotton materials may cause. Due to their special design, these type of fabrics can help you to stay coolerr in the summer and warmer in the winter. Always check the labels of any clothing you are considering using and look for those that contain wool, nylon, Lycra and Coolmax. In the wintertime, Merino wool can be a good choice.
Although many people do not like wearing a hat while cross training, it is a good idea to wear a visor or cap while exercising outdoors to help keep the glare of the sun out of your eyes. In the winter, wearing a cap made of wool that covers your ears can help retain body heat.
When choosing undergarments, make sure they are made from a moisture-wicking material, such as those previously described for shirts and pants. Underwear made from cotton fibers can lead to chafing, and will trap the cold. If you are wearing special biking shorts or other pants that contain a liner, it is perfectly acceptable to go underwear-free. However, if your shorts or pants do not contain a liner, consider wearing a synthetic blend or wool underwear to help provide you with the support you need.
Standard bras are not appropriate to wear during cross training activities. Choosing a good quality-jogging bra can help provide you with the support you need while helping wick away excess sweat. Because jogging bras do not come in sizes like normal bras, you may have to try on a few various brands before you find one that fits you correctly.
Although this is not technically considered clothing, reflective gear is important for anyone who may train outdoors before sunrise or after sunset. One of the best pieces of reflective equipment is a headlamp or handheld light. This will allow drivers to not only see the light, but also sense movement, alerting them to the fact that there is a human attached to it and to take extra precautions. If you do not want to utilize a light, at least wear a reflective vest.
Heart rate monitor
This is another piece of ‘clothing’ that is important for cross trainers. Wearing a heart rate monitor while performing any exercise can help you keep better track of your physical exertion levels. Another wise choice would be a GPS watch or other fitness device to help you log how many miles you have biked/ran/hiked.
No matter what type of clothing or shoes you use, always keep safety in mind. Wear reflective gear when exercising outdoors during dark hours. If you are participating in a sport such as cycling, be sure to wear a helmet and elbow or shoulder pads. Whereas many people may feel silly doing this, it can help to prevent a nasty injury that could inhibit your future training. Brightly colored clothing while hiking can make it easier to find you in case of an emergency.
Being well dressed for the activity you are about to perform is pertinent to your cross training success. Taking the time to choose items that fit your personal exercise preferences can help you feel more comfortable while exercising, leading to optimal results.