When it comes to clothing for sports the right choice has the potential to boost overall performance. This is because if you do not feel comfortable with what you are wearing you’ll find it very hard to output your peak performance. That said almost every sport played today has nearly the same standards as far as clothing is concerned so buying something what works perfectly for you is not very difficult if you know what to look for.
Below we look at a few important points to consider when buying clothing.
Steer clear of loose or bulky clothes
When you’re playing sports you’ll want to focus just on the game which is why you do not want the clothing that you are wearing come in your way. Clothing that is tightly fitted will ensure that you continue to maintain focus on the game without having to bother about where the clothing is going during an intensive match. That said, tight clothing helps to improve the body’s ability to absorb fresh air.
But it’s important to mention here that sports like running, football and ruby will often require wearing loose clothing because the sweat needs a way to run off the body, and it has to be aired or there is a risk of overheating.
Don’t buy clothing
In the past a lot of the sports clothing sold was made from cotton but today this is not the case. Cotton while being an excellent fabric is not great for playing sports in. Sports like cycling require that the person constantly perform one movement something that cotton makes difficult because it has this tendency of being bulky and holding on to moisture.
Synthetic fabrics on the other hand have a tendency of helping keep the person dry as it diverts the sweat and moisture away from the body. This also helps prevent the proverbial melt down of the person.
It should provide bacteria protection
When you’re engaged in physical activities you are bound to sweat and it will obviously result in body odor. However, if the clothing has antimicrobial properties it can help to minimize the odor. The antimicrobial properties of the clothing also helps to prevent health issues including infections. Make sure to read the label attached to the clothes to make sure it has antibacterial properties.
The pricing for sportswear varies depending on the brand you choose. There are many different brands that are either too expensive for the quality they offer or there are ones that are cheaply made. You’ll want to make sure not to buy something that is overly expensive yet is durable and comfortable. Some comparative shopping or shopping during the holiday season should help you find discounts.
The style and comfort of the clothes
Because style and fashion trends in general keep changing and evolving the same changes are seen in sportswear. This is why you need to choose something that is trendy, stylish and comfortable. You’ll want to choose something that matches the type of personality you have, and it should be complimented with accessories like bags, wristbands and the right shoes.
If you are new to playing a certain sport get some advice from people around you to find something that is good without having to spend time and money on trial and error.
Sports clothing needs to be able to keep your body cool if not at a normal operating temperature. The same goes for sporting cloths in winter when temperatures can hit subzero. In summer you’ll want to choose lightweight airy fabrics like polyester or spandex. But during the winter you’ll want to choose clothes that have sufficient layers so that the body remains warm during the sport. You’ll also spend less time trying to warm up your body to the required max performance temperature.
The sporting clothes industry has evolved to the point where there is a different type of clothing and shoe type for each sports. For instance, clothes worn for cycling is very different from those worn for running, and playing rugby. Lowes recommends that people always purchase clothing that is designed for that specific sport. Yes you can always wear cycling shorts to play football or run but you’ll probably not get the most out of the sport that way.
However, if you feel comfortable in it then by all means wear it!
Mark has been a rugby player for over a decade. He has also played cricket at a national level in Australia. However, his day job is designing clothes for the sports industry. His own personal experience playing different types of sports helps him design great sportswear.