Maybe it was a New Year resolution or maybe you are a fitness enthusiast. You sweat it out regularly to keep fit, to feel fresh, and are there to stay the course. Your fitness regimen is important to you. Yet, so many of us often tend to be dressed unsuitably for the occasion. A fancy cotton T-shirt or a fitness shirt, we are often torn between the need to appear fashionable and the need to dress suitably. A dress that is not conducive to workouts more often than not tends to be counter-productive, can cause injury, and instead of helping you sweat it out, may retain more moisture than ideal. For your workouts to be effective, you should be very sure about what to wear and what you should never wear to the gym.

Cotton clothing

A cool and colorful cotton fabric may look attractive but it’s a strict no-no when it comes to working out at a gym. Though cotton absorbs sweat, it takes a long time to dry. It means you’ll be soaking wet and feel a lot heavier all the time of your work out. It can cause skin irritation also. Change cotton wear for quick-drying synthetics or fitness shirts. Change it at regular intervals or when it starts to take on an odor of its own.

If you have something that is very loose-fitting, it can get torn or trapped on something. The ideal dress is one where your body’s alignment, posture, and movements are clearly visible. Cuffs of short-sleeved workout tops and fabric covering shoulders and armpits should be roomy enough for lifting, flexing, and waving your arms around.

Appropriate undergarments

A properly fitting sports bra is an absolute must for working out. A good sports bra does the work of protecting the ligaments and tissues in your chest from excessive stretching or stress. Choose bras in moisture adsorbent fabrics with flat or covered seams to minimize trapped sweat and chafing. The fit of the underwear is as important for men too. It should allow you to stretch adequately and provide the required protection.

Taunted footwear

Everyone’s passionate about wearing good-looking shoes, but shoes are a prescription, and they should be seen as such. If you’re picking out a new pair of sneakers, take a professional evaluation of your strides. Choosing function over fashion. Flat is bad because you tend to develop ankle injury when running and jumping. Instead, look for cross training sneakers that are lightweight, breathable, and a perfect cushion for your foot. Deteriorated soles and arch supports can keep you from establishing a solid base when standing on a slick studio floor and may even damage joints.


Jewelry isn’t only unwanted at the gym, it’s hazardous also. Rings, dangling earrings, and bracelets can easily get caught in machines or even in your own workout clothing. Anything that’s going to get in the way or make you think about anything besides your workout, should be left at home.

Loud ear gear

Music provides motivation and enthusiasm. You probably wear headphones to pipe in your favorite soundtrack. Although donning ear-gear can help you get in the zone, it can also limit awareness of your surroundings.  Keep the volume of your music at a level that allows you to hear what’s going on around you.

Perfumes and lotions

No one wants to smell bad even at the gym but keep it mild. The aroma of strong perfumes or colognes is intensified when your body heats up and starts to sweat, which can lead to a headache. Thick hand and body creams can make your skin slippery and spoil your best attempts to hold a plank or grip a barbell. Opting for fragrance-free, oil-free lotion specifically ones that are formulated for sport is your best bet for skin-protection.


What you wear to the gym is extremely important to whether your fitness regime works out the way you want it to. Inappropriate clothing and accessories could spoil the entire fun. So, if your gym wardrobe is full of things that are more suited for fashion than workouts, then it’s time for a makeover.