Fitness clothing and gear

Some activities require specific gear, and learning about buying gear is your responsibility as you learn the sport or activity. Always use the safety gear recommended for your chosen activity, such as a helmet and knee pads. Learn about the use and proper fit of such safety equipment.

If you are just trying out a new sport, try renting or borrowing the gear you need. Make sure the gear fits you properly. If you don't, you risk injury.

Get the right shoes for your activity, especially for aerobic activities. Shoes designed for running, walking, hiking, or particular sports have features that will keep your feet comfortable and well supported for that activity. Replace your shoes often if you exercise regularly. Here are some tips for buying shoes.

You don't need to buy special clothing to exercise, as long as you are as comfortable as possible. Wear clothing that is breathable (allows air to circulate through the cloth and around your body). Several light layers often work better than one heavier layer. Each layer serves a purpose:

  • The layer closest to your skin should wick moisture away from your body.
  • Another layer should provide warmth (if needed) and support to keep you comfortable as you move.
  • The outermost layer should protect you from wind and rain (without holding sweat next to your skin).

Experiment with clothing to find what works best for you.

Last Updated: August 26, 2008

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