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Top Workout Apparel for Women

Exercise and a healthy lifestyle is a crucial part of life and keeping active can make you feel great. Women take on many different types of sports and activities to get the body and health they desire and part of the process is the clothes they work out in.

Workout apparel can help make exercise easy, with no restrictions or bulky fabrics.

There is so much available for the modern active woman to choose from to enhance their chosen sport or activity.

Quality is key and a higher price is often a clear hint at higher quality of fabrics. The more detail and time that has been put into your apparel, the better it is going to work for you body. For example, clothing that is streamlined to fit the body perfectly and to repel sweat will ultimately improve your comfort during your workout. You want to feel like the clothes are part of you and so looking for professional, detail-driven sportswear is a great move. The most important factor of your workout apparel is its breathability as we all know we sweat quite a bit during a tough workout. Fabrics that draw the sweat from the skin and release/evaporate it into the atmosphere are definitely a top pick. These fabrics often contain polypropylene or fabrics such as coolmax and supplex. Also look out for tops and shorts with a mesh layer that stops the thick outer fabric from clinging to your skin, keeping you cool and supported.

Workout apparel comes in all shapes and sizes but the most common would likely be standard spandex infused sports tops, bras and pants. Yoga pants and form fitting leggings are very popular in the gym as they allow flexibility and do not restrict movement. They are also made of comfortable fabrics that do not rub or chafe the skin.

Workout apparel can also be designed for outdoor activities such as hiking or climbing. Many women these days take to the outdoors and enjoy exploring their local mountains or hills. For this, hiking boots and waterproof outerwear are top choices. The quality end of outdoor active wear always boasts durability. Top quality women’s apparel will always use the most appropriate waterproof or sweat resistant fabrics to protect your body depending on the climate.

Another top choice for women is a supportive sports to keep themselves protected during exercise. Good quality sports bras are usually classified for the activity you intend on using it for. For example, high impact running, moderate impact and casual/low impact. This allows you much more choice and a guide in choosing the correct item of clothing for the sport they are interested in. Try to avoid cheaper, more general sports bras to get the best support.

One obvious and very important apparel for active women is footwear. The correct shoe can make a lot of difference in terms of performance and comfort. Good quality sports shoe manufacturers pay a lot of attention to detail in the science of creating the most supportive shoe for you activity. There is a lot of difference between a running shoe and a hiking boot and each is designed to make the chosen activity easier on the joints and body overall.

The Evolution of the Sports Shoe

postSports shoes are as popular now as they have ever been. For a long time now, they have overlapped from the sports arena and into the consumer market. A huge industry worth billions worldwide, the sports shoe shows no sign of diminishing.

So what is the history of the sports shoe? How did they come about and why are they so popular?

It all began (as it seems many things did) in the Victorian era. In the middle of the 19th century, the UK was getting smaller. Transport was developing and so was industry. Class divides had never been greater. The need for leisure was growing. The seaside seemed closer than ever before. Sport was taking off with croquet, tennis, golf, cricket, rugby and soon to be football all forming. These were exciting times. But all this couldn’t be achieved in the traditional hard, black shoe.

Enter the Liverpool Rubber Company, who developed footwear specifically to be worn on the beach in comfort. Essentially, they had a rubber sole and a canvas upper. Known as sand shoes, these would become what we know as plimsolls and begin the journey of the modern sport or training shoe.

At the beginning of the 20th century, grooves were designed into the soles of the shoes to help them grip surfaces even better. The sports shoes were integrated into the Army, exploration overseas and in PE lessons across the country. At the Paris Olympics of 1924, the British team had state of the art footwear, produced by J.W. Foster and Sons. Successful on the track and field, ideas for new sports footwear went across the seas to America.

The early 20th century saw the production of the first basketball shoe and as sports grew in popularity after World War I, so the public wanted a piece of the footwear craze, as worn by their sporting heroes. By World War II, sports shoes were selling extremely well. With the help of a successful 1936 Olympics, there was no looking back.

As each decade passed, the sports shoe, or trainer as used in the UK became more of a must have item. Huge sports shoe companies sprung up from Germany, America and Britain. They began to take over the market from the conventional leather shoe of old. A fashion statement amongst the youth, trainers have spread beyond the world of sports and have become engrained in our culture forever.