Whether you run, walk, or cycle, the shoes you wear are crucial to your health. There’s a specific shoe type designed for almost any workout you can imagine, and for good reason. The wrong shoes can cause pain and injuries to your neck, back, and legs. Additionally, when you match your athletic shoes to your specific gait and foot shape, you keep yourself feeling great during workouts.
If you’re a female, then you know the problems that come with inadequate upper body support. Cheap, poorly made sports bras lose their shape quickly, meaning they become less supportive with every wash and wear. Having proper support is crucial not only to your comfort during exercise, but also to preventing breast tissue damage. Because of the importance of sports bras to your level of support, this is definitely an item on which to splurge.
This one may surprise you, but if you do a lot of outdoor sports activities, you’ll need effective sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV damage, even during the winter. Inexpensive sunglasses often stretch out after many uses, meaning they won’t stay in place for long periods of time – especially if you’re sweating. What’s more, you need to find the perfect fit and UV protection level to get the most comfort out of your shades as possible. Feel free to splurge on the perfect pair.
Leggings may seem mostly decorative, but don’t give into the design fad without making sure you get a strong, quality pair. Nice leggings will retain their elasticity longer, meaning they keep their fit during your workouts. Additionally, the right leggings will keep moisture away and help prevent chaffing. Professionals suggest spending more money on the items that are closest to your body, so leggings fall into the “splurge” category.
We hope this list helps you complete your exercise wardrobe with all the right apparel. Sometimes it’s necessary to splurge on high-cost products that will last a long time, fit comfortably, and help prevent injury. For quality active wear you can count on, take a look at the products Downtown Athletic Club has to offer through our Pro Shop. Now through Mother’s Day, if you spend a $100 or more on a gift card, get 25% off items in the Pro Shop.