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The Right Workout Clothes Can be A Great Motivator

Editor’s note: There are so many kinds of activewear available today that picking the right outfit can be a challenge, especially if you’re a beginner at the sport you’ve chosen. Here, the experts at Go4Life, a division of the National  Institute of Aging, tell you how to get started:

Choosing the right clothing and shoes for the exercise and physical activity you plan to do is important.

You want to make sure your clothes and footwear are both comfortable and safe for you to be active. It’s good to try several items on to make sure you have the proper fit. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you shop.


Choose shoes that are made for the type of physical activity you want to do.

Look for shoes with flat, non-skid soles, good heel support, enough room for your toes, and a cushioned arch that’s not too high or too thick.

Make sure the shoes fit well and provide proper support for your feet.

Check your shoes regularly and replace them when they’re worn out. You need new shoes when the tread is worn out; your feet are tired activity; or your shins, knees, or hips hurt activity.

Active Wear

Choose clothes that work with your activity. Loose shorts are perfect for basketball, but maybe not for yoga. If in doubt, ask an expert in the activity.

Make sure your exercise clothes are comfortable and let you move easily.

In cold weather, wear layers, such as a jacket or top over a t-shirt, so you can take off layers as you warm up.

Wear clothes that let air circulate and moisture evaporate.

Go for style

The right clothes and shoes can fit your individual look Wearing workout clothes you like can be a great motivator!

For more information from Go4Life on senior fitness issues, click here.


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