Choosing the right Clothes for Running
When we think of running and what to wear the first thing that comes to mind is the shoes. We don’t really think of anything else first, but whether we have the right shoes. While having the right shoes is important, the rest of the clothing that you wear can make a difference too. And since men and women are typically different when it comes to style and what is deemed appropriate to wear, those clothing styles will differ. Not to mention that men and women have different parts that need to be supported and protected.
So, we run head long into the categories that make running an important factor, the clothing. Wearing the run clothing can make your run difficult and less enjoyable. And, let’s face it, if you don’t like doing something than you are not going to want to do it even more if you are uncomfortable doing it. Besides the differences between men and women there are also differences in the terrain and the climate based on your location. Weather will also play a factor both in your run and what you wear.
Men’s Running Wear
The key to men’s clothing is something that is going to be lightweight and not constricting. You definitely don’t want to wear anything that you have difficulty bending over in, such as tight jeans or slacks. Instead you are going to want to wear shorts, and either a light T-shirt or a tank top. There are some high-quality name brand sports athletic wear for men that will always advertise that they are the best. Shop around, but there are plenty of options out there that won’t break your wallet. What you want to look for is something that is a cotton blend instead of 100% cotton. A nylon material is nice as well as it is very lightweight and it breathes easy.
Shorts shouldn’t be too long, as you are not playing ball but running. They should have an elastic waistband and be tight enough to stay on, without being too loose that they will fall if your phone or wallet is in your pocket. The same type of material is made into shirts and tank tops but they are more pricey than standard wear.
For men, it is important to remember that when you are choosing your clothes that you are going to get hot and sweaty. The longer the run, or the more out of shape you are, the more this will happen. As you get more used to the run, this won’t happen as fast, but you will come to look forward to it when it happens. Since you will be hot and sweaty your skin will swell to try and cool off. Because of this you will want to limit the jewelry that you are wearing so that it doesn’t become too tight on your ears, or fingers or have a necklace hit you in the face when you are running.
Underwear is something that is a preference for each guy as some prefer boxers to briefs and vice versus. We sweat there too, so powder up if you need to, but make sure your junk is secured. Sitting on a bench while wearing shorts and boxers could leave you vulnerable.
Women’s Running Wear
While men will wear loose clothing, women tend to do the opposite. They will wear tight clothing, but of fabric that is flexible. This is why you often see them in yoga pants, sports bras and close-fitting clothing, unlike the guys. Women tend to need more support in certain areas than guys do, which is why the tighter clothing works. It’s also a style choice, as this doesn’t work for all women. Since a woman must support her breasts or they could throw off their run, let alone get in the way with some women, they must wear clothing that will support them. Loose clothing, unless worn over the tighter clothing doesn’t give enough support.
Some women like the loose clothing, and will wear similar clothes to what you see the men wearing, although more fit towards them. Outfits such as tennis players wear and similar are often worn by women runners instead of yoga pants, or they just choose a pair of loose fitting shorts that fit them the best, without hindering their run. This way the only tight-fitting garment is their sports bra, and they get the freedom and flexibility of movement that they need when they run. Women sweat and get hot just like men do, and since they often work out more, they may even sweat more than most men.
The weather will always play a factor in what to wear, and while the styles for men and women might differ, keeping safe and healthy is what’s important. While light clothing is something for the summer, heavier clothing is usually the normal for the winter. This doesn’t work as well when you are running though so you need to meet somewhere in the middle.
Try sweats and sweatshirts over your lighter wear so that you can retain some measure of warmth, and the rest you will build during your run. This doesn’t apply in wet weather though so keep in mind you could be peeling your clothes off if you are running in the rain. Nylon clothing is great in the rain though as most of the water just beads off and falls away.