Although for many people they are not the main consideration when cross training, it is still important to make sure that you have good cross training clothes. If you choose the right workout clothes then they can bring real benefits in enabling you to train comfortably and to help ensure that you stay comfortable and are able to maintain a steady body heat.
The correct workout gear is also beneficial because it can help to wick away any buildups of perspiration that may form which can cool on your skin and lead to chilling when you stop for a break. It is also important to make sure that your cross trainer clothes allow unrestricted movement so that you are not impeded in any way while you are exercising.
When training outdoors it’s essential to use a layering system to keep you warm and dry when the weather is bad and to enable your body to naturally repel moisture away from your skin. The base layer of a three-part layering system should be the thinnest one, which is made for wicking moisture away to the upper layers so that it can be disbursed to the air. This is often made of a light man-made fiber such as polypropylene or a natural fiber such as Marino wool, which will first attract and then push perspiration towards the outer layers.
The second layer is for insulation to keep you warm and is essential for any training that is undertaken outside, especially in cold conditions or where there is no ready access to a warm environment after you have finished working out. The third layer should be made of waterproof and windproof material that is also light and highly breathable so that it will keep you warm and dry but also allow moisture to pass through.
Probably the most important part of your cross training clothes are your shoes. It’s very important to get this aspect of your clothing right so you can exercise comfortably and not incur any unnecessary injuries to your feet, shin or thighs. Probably the best types of shoes to choose are made of split leather with a breathable upper mesh and a rubber toe cap. Make sure your exercise footwear also have a padded tongue to avoid chafing and a mesh lining with a foam foot bed. It is also important that they have a good tread so that you can get a good grip on uneven ground.
Choosing the right cross training clothes is not so much about fashion as about practicality and the need to function efficiently and keep yourself warm, dry and free from perspiration. A short time spent choosing the right clothes and even more importantly the right shoes, will repay the effort by making sure that you can get the best out of your equipment and your exercise.
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