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Mens Activewear: How Should It Fit?

September 03, 2020

You can’t blame anyone for feeling self-conscious about seeing their body in the mirror because we are all bothered by certain aspects of how we look, even if other people think that these traits aren’t bad at all. It is really hard to change our own individual perceptions of how we see ourselves unless we are able to gain confidence in other areas that we can control, such as the clothing that we are wearing. 


But that clothing needs to fit correctly, not just to satisfy our egos, and it needs to keep us safe during the process of working with exercise equipment or running through the outdoors. 


Let’s take a look at men's activewear and how exactly it should fit.  


 

What is Your Real Size?

 

Knowing what size you really wear in tops and bottoms is going to take a little courage and some honesty as well. If it has been quite a while since the last time that you have been shopping for apparel, you need to get yourself measured accurately to begin the process of acquiring clothing that fits you as it should. 


In addition to getting measured, keep in mind that men’s activewear sizes may differ from your regular casual clothing or the measurement that applies to your suit size. There is going to be a whole host of really laborious movements and physically taxing activities involved when you are wearing your activewear. Therefore, it may need some additional leeway when it comes to sizing.

 

 

Fabrics for Workout Clothes

 

Moisture-Wicking Materials


Some fabrics are totally designed for handling intense sweat sessions by wicking moisture away from your body. But unfortunately, other fabrics aren’t able to do much more with sweat other than absorb it instead of keeping it away from you. Absorbing sweat constantly will cause these garments to get heavier, just like a wet towel you wipe a wet floor with, making you more and more uncomfortable by the minute.


Just imagine how bad it feels to have sticky sweat underneath all of your workout clothes, forcing you to lose focus on your workout and resort to just counting the minutes for when you can leave the gym, take a shower at home, and finally freshen up after wearing your workout clothes.


If you are utterly appalled by that uncomfortable feeling of sweat, then sweat-wicking fabrics are the prime direction you want to go in when shopping for men's activewear. 


Workout clothes made from nylon, spandex, bamboo, and polypropylene are all known for their ability to pull moisture away from your skin so that your sweat can evaporate instead of literally sticking around you all day at the gym. The added bonus is that sweat-wicking material can also assist in keeping your body temperature down during the course of workouts that take place in warm environments.



Cotton


Cotton is best for low-intensity workouts. Cotton is a standard fabric that is going to absorb moisture, making it an uncomfortable choice for intense workouts when there is going to be way more sweat involved than you would have wished to have absorbed in the fabric of all of your apparel.


Cotton is not entirely out of the picture though when it comes to purchasing men's activewear. If you are doing light fitness with minimal amounts of perspiring involved, cotton clothing is not a bad option. Cotton is less likely to give off a funky sweat smell after you complete your workout in comparison to synthetic fabrics. Cotton also isn’t bad when it’s blended with some of the moisture-wicking fabrics we mentioned earlier like poly or spandex. 



Layering Moisture-Wicking for Weather


The appropriate clothing fabric is particularly important for outdoor workouts when you are physically up against the weather. During the winter, layering up your clothing is already a good idea with your regular day-to-day apparel. The same can be done when you are putting together your men's activewear outfits to prepare yourself for the outdoor elements. 


Choose a moisture-wicking polypropylene base layer to wick that nasty sweat away so that you don’t catch a cold from the fluctuation in temperatures that you are being exposed to. Just toss on a fleece layer if you are in need of a light but warm option. 


On the other hand, of the hot-cold spectrum, when the weather rises back up and gets pretty hot, moisture-wicking workout clothes are even more necessary because you’ll likely sweat more often. When the sun starts beaming down in a blaze of glory, be careful not to expose too much of your body to potential sunburn. 


Be on the lookout for men's activewear for your collection of workout clothes that is made with polyester that wicks away moisture and provides some protection from UV rays for outdoor fitness sessions when you have no choice but to be right there in the heat.



Leggings Materials


Be sure to test out leggings in a retail store’s dressing room to make sure they are not going to split on you during a sudden stretch and expose parts of yourself that should be better left to total privacy in a public environment. If you’re buying leggings online, be aware of this potential problem that could arise. To prepare yourself further, read customer reviews on the particular leggings that you are looking to purchase and get some clarity on what the store’s return policy consists of. 


  

Keep Injuries at Bay


Wearing appropriate clothing is highly essential when you are an avid fitness participant and want men's activewear that fits appropriately. Many athletic injuries take place because of the lack of appropriate equipment, and this also includes appropriate clothes. 


Don’t try to grab any old cheap outfit and do all of your physical activities. Whatever sport you are engaged in, opt to buy the clothing that was actually made for that sport. Ultimately, you want to purchase apparel that provides plenty of protection against overheating, harsh impact, and straining yourself. 


Enough can’t be said about purchasing sweat-wicking men's activewear when it comes to gym tops, especially when you are aware right off the bat that you are going to be sweating like there is no tomorrow. Sweat can be quite a distraction, which could lead to having an accident while you are working out. 

 


Bottoms

 

There is, in fact, a difference between training shorts and running shorts. Generally speaking, training shorts will be a little longer than running shorts, falling right above the knee. 


Training shorts will also be a little more convenient for the gym because they have pockets, which you would definitely be hard-pressed to find running shorts with pockets. Running shorts for working out are geared more towards freedom of movement, and are an ideal choice for cardio-focused fitness.

  

 

Running Shoes

Men’s running shoes are generally geared for shock absorption and energy return. But if you are more of a treadmill-and-leave guy when it comes to working out, you won’t have the same needs for your exercise sneakers. Running shoes will tend to have a big, cushioned sole. Sneakers for weightlifting, on the other hand, have flat soles that are stiff to provide a stable foundation to help raise massive weights above your head. 


  

Base Layers

Base layers like men’s tights are generally worn underneath a pair of shorts to keep you warm when you train outdoors, and also so that these under layers can absorb sweat for improved comfort. 


In terms of performance, base layers also offer support because of how snug they fit your body, reducing the risk of injury. Let’s face it: base layers also help you look good while you are working out, accentuating the outline of your muscles, calves, and shoulders.


The great thing about layers is that they keep you prepared for a change in temperature, a change in activity, and even a change of environment that you weren’t expecting to be working out in.  


Wrapping Up

When it is all said and done, men's activewear shouldn’t be too baggy or too tight. It needs to be appropriate for whatever activities the user is going to be engaged in, it needs to be breathable, and it should be tried on, especially if we are talking about leggings or compression clothes, to ensure that you are getting the right size. 


Don’t be afraid to measure your body to be sure that you are getting clothing that fits well to begin with. Being shy about your size is understandable. But ultimately, you will be doing yourself a disservice if you go through all of the trouble to build a fitness wardrobe for yourself, just to find out that everything fits insanely too tight, or too loose.


Now you know the differences between different types of apparel that can keep sweat separated from you, protecting you from the sticky feeling that makes working out feel awkward, along with the chances of getting sick from how fast sweat turns cold, go off and look for that quality athletic and athleisure wear to help you get the most out of your workout!