How to Choose Sportswear for Various Sports

One of the most important factors influencing the effectiveness of sports training and an athlete's well-being is comfortable clothing. A good form will allow you to concentrate on training and enjoy it fully. The choice of sportswear depends on its purpose, the place of training, and the characteristics of the athlete's body.
What nuances should be taken into account when buying clothes for a variety of sports and in different conditions, for example, for home and gym or for the street? What materials are relevant for equipment, and which ones should be discarded?

Criteria for Choosing Sportswear

Regardless of the sport and training location, there are a number of standard equipment requirements. Here are recommendations for what sportswear should be.
  • Comfortable. The following requirement is imposed on all wardrobe elements: during training, they should not move, gather in folds, or restrict movement. Things will be comfortable if you choose the right size.
  • Comply with hygiene requirements. Quality products should be made of hypoallergenic fabric with the ability to ventilate and heat exchange. Even during too active exercise, clothing should allow the skin to "breathe" and provide protection from hypothermia in cold weather.
  • Safe. Cutting and tailoring technologies, as well as accessories, are of great importance. The seams should be stitched on both sides and, at the same time, should not stand out to not create friction with the skin and not injure it. The accessories must be safe and functional: zippers are necessary for quick temperature adjustment, and the runners on them should be small and have a special coating to not slip when gripped.
  • Easy care. A rather important factor is unpretentiousness in care, without the choice of special soft powders and delicate washing modes. Not only sportswear for men but also for women should be very easy to care for.

As for color, in this respect, you should choose solely based on your emotions and mood.

Popular Sportswear Fabrics

For tailoring sports equipment, fabrics are suitable that can absorb sweat, retain and regulate air circulation, and also create a compression effect for joints and muscles.
  • Cotton. Cotton garments are ideal for exercises with little perspiration, but for long workouts, they will not be comfortable. Cotton has a high water-holding capacity, and when wet, it cannot maintain a comfortable body temperature. In addition, cotton things are not elastic: they stretch easily but are not able to restore their shape.
  • Fabric made of polyurethane fibers (elastane, lycra, linen, spandex). Elastic fabric made from polyurethane fibers is used for sewing most types of compression garments. It is soft, light, highly absorbent, resistant to tearing, stretches well, and quickly returns to its original shape. The only drawback is the relatively low breathability.
  • Nylon. Nylon is the best choice for intense workouts. Nylon is elastic, dries quickly and perfectly removes sweat from the skin, and "breathes" well.
  • Polyamide. Polyamide fabric is used in tailoring for outdoor sports. Polyamide has excellent water-repellent characteristics, resistance to ultraviolet radiation, and clothes made of it are comfortable even in cool weather.
  • Polyester. Polyester is widely used to make training equipment. This soft and comfortable material is great for a high range of motion exercises. Polyester fabric stretches well, and at the same time, it shows high resistance to irreversible deformation. It absorbs moisture well and, dries quickly, and does not wrinkle. The only significant drawback is poor breathability.

What Should Be Sportswear: Size and Shape

In training clothes should be comfortable - this is one of the most important requirements. Each person has his own concept of comfort, but the following can be considered the main condition in this regard: there should be no excessive constraint and an excess of freedom. The fact is that:
  • Proper fit will provide support for muscles and joints, as well as allow for the precision of movement;
  • An excess of freedom can interfere with exercise.

If you want to order a suitable training uniform, you need to take measurements and compare them with the size scale of a particular manufacturer. After all, the quality of the material and design features can distort the standards of generally accepted sizes.

Requirements for a Sports Kit for Training in the Summer

In warm weather, wear light clothing to avoid heat stroke. Ordinary cotton and knitwear items are unsuitable for this purpose, as they are quickly saturated with moisture and dry for a long time. Products from special materials are needed that will provide air exchange and quick drying.
For training in gyms or outdoors in the warm season, you need the following basic kit:
  • T-shirt or T-shirt with short sleeves and shorts - if the day is sunny or classes are held indoors;
  • If the weather is not hot, a T-shirt with long sleeves and tights or leggings.

Requirements for a Sports Kit for Training in Winter

To exercise outside in cold weather, you need suits that will keep you warm, and that will not interfere with your movement. Such products are sewn from special lightweight materials that allow air to pass through and protect them from the wind.
In cold weather, you will need multi-layer equipment: during intense movements, the body will gradually warm up, and some things can be gradually removed. The basic winter package includes the following:
  • Thermal underwear that will allow the body to "breathe" freely and comfortably remove unwanted moisture;
  • A thick sweatshirt, vest, or sweater for thermal insulation - they will warm and protect the body from the cold;
  • The last outer layer is a jacket or windbreaker, preferably with a fleece lining, to protect against rain, snow, and wind.

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