Check out the seven things you're not supposed to wear when you're working out

Staying in shape is more and more important as we get older. Keeping fit can save people from so many health related probems. I work out at the Ocean Club in Manahawkin. It's fantastic for both body and mind .... but here's some things "not" to do the next time you visit the gym ....

  • Anything Baggy.  It's a safety hazard, because it's more likely to get snagged on something, or get in the way of what you're doing.  And if you're working out with a trainer, baggy clothes make it harder for them to check your form. With that said, you also shouldn't wear anything that's so tight it might mess with your range of motion . . . like pants that aren't stretchy enough.
  • Perfume or Cologne.  When your body heats up, it intensifies the smell, which can actually be strong enough to bring on a headache . . . for you, or the person running next to you.
  • Clothing that's 100% cotton.  If you're just lifting weights and not doing much cardio, it probably won't make a difference. But if you work up a good sweat, cotton absorbs it, which can irritate your skin, cause breakouts, and increase friction in areas that are prone to chafing.  Which is why synthetic fabrics that wick away moisture are so popular.
  • Boxer Shorts.  Especially for things like running or cycling, where there's a lot of rubbing going on. Boxer-briefs are better, but the best option is compression shorts, which have even more support.  And shorts made specifically for cycling have extra padding.
  • Old Shoes.  You probably know this one, but just in case:  Working out in old sneakers increases your chances of slipping, and also of damaging your ankles, knees, or hips..... and that's not just when you're running, it's even when you're doing something like squats. If you only exercise two days a week, replacing your shoes once a year is probably fine.  But if you run every day, you should get new ones every three months.
  • Low-Impact Sports Bras.  Obviously this one depends on how much support you need.  But in general, high-impact sports bras with wider straps are better for things like running.  Low-impact versions are better for things like yoga.