Maximise your time in the next fitting room you enter. By Janice Sim
The first thing we look out for while shopping for our workout clothes is usually the aesthetics. What’s the colour going to be? Does it have that cute feathered print I’m into now? Will it make me look fat? Well while all those are crucial considerations, what’s actually more important down the road is in fact how comfortable you feel in these clothes during your future workouts. And usually, we can’t really tell by merely trying them on to see how you look in the dressing room. But here’s how you can gauge a little better by doing these…
1. Touch your toes
Bend over and touch your toes with your back facing the mirror. Peek through your legs to check if the material isn’t transparent while it’s stretched out and also if your shirt doesn’t ride up in a way that exposes your skin.
2. Run and jump
This is definitely to check the fit for sports bras and tops. By running on the spot (depending on how big your fitting room is) and jumping, you should be able to know if your boobs are supported well enough by running with high knees, doing jumping jacks etc.
3. Squat and lift
Here’s an exercise for the bottoms. By squatting and doing leg lifts, you will know if your shorts or leggings are able to hold up at the waist or if your shorts are simply too inappropriately short.
4. Stretch and twist
As for making sure your tops fit right, do the twist test with your arms stretched out and swing them from left to right, up and down. Check if your shirt rides up or if the material and seams are irritating your skin.
5. Check in with yourself
At the end of all the exercises, check your body heat. Are you feeling too unusually warm and already sweating? If so, you might want to opt for a material that’s more lightweight and breathable.