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Before you even begin to exercise, sweat, or get fit, you need to have the right clothing and supportive wear! This will not only allow for a comfortable workout, but you want to be safe while you exercise. If you need a plan to teach you how to prepare to sweat, read my Plan of Attack.
Layers are your best friend
Layers are your best friend when beginning to workout and get in shape. Just like starting a car, you want to warm up your engine. For our bodies, we want to warm up our muscles. We can do this by jogging and doing some warm-up stretches, riding on the bike or running on the treadmill, depending on what your workout will be. Having a light jacket or a thin layered long sleeve short will help your muscle to warm up properly. Never jump straight into to exercising without warming up! This is how muscles are pulled.
Support the ta-tas
For women, I cannot stress enough the importance of a good, supportive sports bra. Especially if your exercise will consist of any type of running, jumping, or fast movements, with or without weights. Make sure when you jump there is minimal to no movement. The less movement, the less pain.
Protect you feet
Proper shoes are important, especially for arch support. You want to make sure that your shoes have a good insert and arch support. If your shoes are uncomfortable for the exercise and you do not want to buy a new pair of shoes, try arch support first. They will run you anywhere from $8 to $25. If the supports do not help, then it just may be time to face that facts and buy a new pair of shoes.
The fabric that the clothing is made of is very important. Some fabrics will make your workout uncomfortable. Cotton will absorb the sweat, but not get rid of it. There are some fabrics that will carry the sweat away from your skin, or wick it away. Avoid fabrics that do not let your body breathe (the trash bag suit). When you sweat, your body needs to cool off and remove the sweat. If not, your body temperature will rise and you may do more harm than good to your body.
Wear clothing that is comfortable, allows you to sweat, and does not get in the way of your workout. Make sure your shoes fit and have a back, and support your arches. Layers are your friends and can be versatile in the summer and winter. Now get to sweating!