Exercise Clothes: Look Good, Feel Good, Get Fit (cont.)

For optimal comfort for both women and men, choose the right fabric for your underwear.

"Cotton is not the right choice," says Goeke. "Look for performance fabric that is breathable, moisture-wicking and quick-drying. These fabrics won't promote bacteria growth and are better than cotton for health reasons."

Or you can bypass underpants altogether and work out in fitness shorts, pants, or tights with a built-in crotch panel, Wessel adds. Don't wear underwear with these garments, she says, because it will negate the benefits of the performance fabrics used for the built-in liners.

Finishing Touches

While you want to look good while working out, exercising while fully made up is never a good idea, says Rachel Weingarten, co-founder of airkisses.com, an online style sheet for women.

"If you're serious about your workout, then forgo any makeup, which might clog your pores while you sweat," says Weingarten. Opt for a clean face, with a cotton or terry headband to keep sweat off your face. If you prefer not to go completely au naturale, use a tinted moisturizer and tinted lip balm to add a bit of color to your face.

Don't overdo the jewelry either, which can get in the way and may make it hard to grip equipment and lift weights, Weingarten says.

Instead, focus on a sharp-looking outfit, and the great feeling you get from a successful workout.

Originally published July 14, 2004;
Medically updated June 22, 2005.

SOURCES: Larina Kase, PsyD, MBA, president, Performance and Success Coaching LLC, Philadelphia. Victoria Moran, author, Fit from Within, New York. Rachel Weingarten, co-founder, airkisses.com, New York. Elizabeth Goeke, executive vice president, Moving Comfort, Chantilly, Va. Ellen Wessel, president, Moving Comfort, Chantilly, Va. Melissa Ediger, assistant product manager, New Balance, Brighton, Mass. Lynne Brick, president/owner, Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick's Women's Health & Fitness, Baltimore, Md.

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