A note from FITNESS: We are proud to partner with SparkPeople to provide our readers with even more helpful content. ---- Specialty workout clothes might not be a necessity to your exercise program, but the sweat-wicking fabrics and body-hugging designs sure can help! A few reasons why:
- Clothes designed for exercise are made for bodies in motion; they're designed to fit right and stay put when you're on the go so that you stay comfortable.
- Both high-tech synthetic fabrics, and natural ones such as wool, can help pull sweat away from your body so you stay dry. That means you'll be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter—and that's more than a comfort issue. Regulating body temperature also keeps you safe.
- And beyond functionality, workout clothes are just plain motivating!
Unfortunately, all that motivation comes at a price. More than 60 percent of SparkPeople members agree that new workout clothes motivate them to exercise, but when asked what they tend to wear during their workouts, a whopping 75 percent wear "any old clothes" they have. The high cost of workout wear is a major deterrent for many. Luckily, it doesn't have to be... Find out some smart strategies for saving money on workout clothes... More From Spark People: 6 Things to Look for When Buying Exercise Apparel Join the 10-Minute Daily Exercise Challenge! Get a Free Fitness and Weight-Loss Plan