Staying fit is all about keeping ourselves healthy, but knowing we look good while exercising gives us an extra emotional boost that makes our workouts more fun. Just as you dress for success on the job, wearing great-fitting and stylish gear will help you feel more confident.
Why not choose workout wear that you feel comfortable in? Moving easily in your clothes increases your enthusiasm and makes exercising easier.
Here are some tips and trends about this fall's workout wear:
Celebrity FashionsRed-carpet worthy fitness apparel is easy to find and fun to wear. Want to look like a celebrity? Try Two-time Champion of "Dancing with the Stars" Cheryl Burke's new line of fashionable workout separates, available at www.jazzercise.com.
"Green" GarbClothing for active lifestyles is now available in organic cotton, bamboo, coconut and soy fabrics, and many are made with organic dyes. Natural fabrics are healthier for your body and some are so soft you'll never want to take them off. Bamboo and soy grow quickly, therefore needing less water, so they're better for our planet, too.
Vivid and VogueClashing separates and neon colors have been shown on catwalks and fashion shows this year. Have fun in fuchsia, be charming in chartreuse. This fall, it's all about being bold.
Simplicity ShinesChoose clothing that has minimal or no drawstrings, buttons, snaps or other features that can come undone or otherwise distract you while exercising. Leave strings for beaches and bikinis, and instead focus on fitness. Choose streamlined, simple pieces that stay in place while you move.
Embrace TechnologyNew materials are lighter, softer and can wick moisture away from your body while you are working out. Compression apparel increases circulation, increases the flow of oxygen to muscles and reduces lactic acid build-up. Microfiber garments are lighter than air. Choose the best of modern technology for your favorite sport or activity.
Comfort is KeyThe bottom line is while you're working out, choose clothes in which you feel comfortable. When you feel great, you'll rock any outfit.
Dress stylish for your next fitness class.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and cardio box movements, has positively affected millions of people. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. For more information go to jazzercise.com or call (800) FIT-IS-IT.