Working out for better health has the added bonus of helping you look better. Looking good at the gym should not be your priority, though. It’s hard to look cool or sexy with a bright red face and dripping with sweat.

When you are deciding what gym clothes to use for your workout, it’s better to aim for comfort over style. Gym clothes need to fit properly and allow you to move and also move with you.

What you wear to workout will also depend on what exercise you are doing. Different clothes will work better for different workouts. Let’s take a closer look at what to look for in gym clothes that will work for you.

Keep within your Budget

Buying the most expensive gym clothes will not make you go faster, regardless of what the ad told you. The top brand names certainly have their benefits, but you don’t need to pay top dollar for something you are going to sweat in.

Quality clothing doesn’t have to be the most expensive and will work just fine for all your workout needs. This is particularly important if you are just starting out. Good priced quality clothing will do you nicely.

Leave your love of fashion for the new clothes you get to wear when you are fitter and trimmer. It is better to get quality gym clothes that are comfortable and will last. Discover more about great clothes that work well with an active lifestyle.

Bottom First

Shoes are going to be the most important item of gym gear you can get. They provide protection and comfort. You want to find shoes that will fit perfectly with socks inside them.

Good shoes and socks will provide support for your feet and arches, prevent strains and injuries. Whether you are running, walking, lifting weights or tasking an aerobic type of class, good quality shoes are a must.

Getting an injury can take you out of your workout routine and may even cause you to stop going altogether. Find shoes that don’t pinch or rub and cause blisters.Good, thick cotton socks are a good investment, as well.

Fabrics

Most workouts cause us to sweat, therefore you want material that will breathe and absorb the moisture. Light cotton clothing can absorb the sweat and move with you, but heavier cotton will start to feel heavy if you sweat a lot.

Wicking fabrics, which are synthetic materials, are designed to pull the sweat away from your skin and absorb it. These are better for heavy exercises, like running, spin classes, or heavy aerobic exercise.

Lighter, breezy cotton is great for less strenuous activity, and it moves well with the body. It’s perfect for a run, yoga class or light weight lifting.

What’s Your Workout?

The type of gym clothes you use can be universal for each type of exercise, with a few exceptions. You want the comfort and protection plus sweat absorption at all times.

If you are running outside, you will want something more protective against the elements, trees, bug bites and any flying debris. Longer pant and long sleeves may be needed.

A yoga class you will want clothing that will allow you to get into all those great positions and move with you without exposing all your personal information. Leggings or yoga pants, or longer, form-fitting shorts are best.

Test Drive

Before you make your grand entrance to the gym for the first time, you want to make sure you and your gym clothes are on the same page. Give them a trial run at home first.

Do a few squats, stretches, leap about and make sure they don’t ride up, split or fall down. Also make sure that when you make the cool moves, they are now exposing certain areas of yourself you prefer to not be in the public eye.

Find Something You Like

Just because it’s not top of the line, top dollar or top of the ‘must-have’ list, doesn’t mean you have to settle. Finding gym clothes you like is just as important as the workout.

You want to feel comfortable but you should want to wear the clothing, as well. If you have clothes you don’t like you may be less happy about putting them on, and less likely to go workout in them

If you are just going for a morning run, something baggy and a torn old tee shirt is fine, but if you are going to the gym, wearing something you like can do wonders for your self-esteem.

Quality Control

Buying discount clothing doesn’t mean you have to give up on quality items. You want to find good workmanship, good quality materials and clothes that are built to last.

Read the labels, ask your fellow gym-goers or family and friends who will know and find some well-made, durable pieces to use for your workouts. The last thing you need is for your new clothing to fall apart after only a few workouts or washings.

Buy more than one

When you find a piece of gym clothing you like, buy another. It’s always a good idea to have a backup.

Having a few good quality items on hand means you have no excuse for not working out just because you didn’t do your laundry.

Ready, Set, Go!

Starting a new workout routine is always a great idea, so good for you! Having the proper clothing can make those workouts more enjoyable and more effective. Finding the right ones for you should be easy, fun and not cost you the moon.

Keeping you warm, or cool, keeping you safe and protected and they will motivate you. There will grow an association to the gym clothes and you will want to relive that great feeling of working out and the sense of accomplishment after you are done.

Exercise is an important part of a well-balanced life, along with diet, mental health, and an understanding of self. For more information on how to keep a good balance in your life, check out some of our articles.

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If You Want to be as Great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Sir Richard Branson, Read This

Success, real insane success is a marathon. Oh, and there are no shortcuts. You can’t spring your way to greatness. It takes times, a very long time.

Here is Richard Branson’s business timeline – his business ventures from the 1960s to today. It’s a very long list. It will give you an idea of what it took him to get to now.

These are two of the most upvoted responses on Quora to this question: “How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Sir Richard Branson?

1. Justine Musk, Canadian author, and the first wife of Elon Musk

Extreme success results from an extreme personality and comes at the cost of many other things. Extreme success is different from what I suppose you could just consider ‘success’, so know that you don’t have to be Richard or Elon to be affluent and accomplished and maintain a great lifestyle.

Your odds of happiness are better that way. But if you’re extreme, you must be what you are, which means that happiness is more or less beside the point. These people tend to be freaks and misfits who were forced to experience the world in an unusually challenging way.

They developed strategies to survive, and as they grow older they find ways to apply these strategies to other things, and create for themselves a distinct and powerful advantage.

They don’t think the way other people think. They see things from angles that unlock new ideas and insights. Other people consider them to be somewhat insane.

Be obsessed.

Be obsessed.

Be obsessed.

If you’re not obsessed, then stop what you’re doing and find whatever does obsess you. It helps to have an ego, but you must be in service to something bigger if you are to inspire the people you need to help you  (and make no mistake, you will need them).

That ‘something bigger’ prevents you from going off into the ether when people flock round you and tell you how fabulous you are when you aren’t and how great your stuff is when it isn’t. Don’t pursue something because you “want to be great”.

Pursue something because it fascinates you, because the pursuit itself engages and compels you. Extreme people combine brilliance and talent with an *insane* work ethic, so if the work itself doesn’t drive you, you will burn out or fall by the wayside or your extreme competitors will crush you and make you cry.

Follow your obsessions until a problem starts to emerge, a big meaty challenging problem that impacts as many people as possible, that you feel hellbent to solve or die trying.

It might take years to find that problem, because you have to explore different bodies of knowledge, collect the dots and then connect and complete them.

It helps to have superhuman energy and stamina. If you are not blessed with godlike genetics, then make it a point to get into the best shape possible.

There will be jet lag, mental fatigue, bouts of hard partying, loneliness, pointless meetings, major setbacks, family drama, issues with the Significant Other you rarely see, dark nights of the soul, people who bore and annoy you, little sleep, less sleep than that. Keep your body sharp to keep your mind sharp. It pays off.

Learn to handle a level of stress that would break most people.

Don’t follow a pre-existing path, and don’t look to imitate your role models. There is no “next step”. Extreme success is not like other kinds of success; what has worked for someone else, probably won’t work for you.

They are individuals with bold points of view who exploit their very particular set of unique and particular strengths. They are unconventional, and one reason they become the entrepreneurs they become is because they can’t or don’t or won’t fit into the structures and routines of corporate life.

They are dyslexic, they are autistic, they have ADD, they are square pegs in round holes, they piss people off, get into arguments, rock the boat, laugh in the face of paperwork.

But they transform weaknesses in ways that create added advantage — the strategies I mentioned earlier — and seek partnerships with people who excel in the areas where they have no talent whatsoever.

They do not fear failure — or they do, but they move ahead anyway. They will experience heroic, spectacular, humiliating, very public failure but find a way to reframe until it isn’t failure at all.

When they fail in ways that other people won’t, they learn things that other people don’t and never will. They have incredible grit and resilience.

They are unlikely to be reading stuff like this. (This is *not* to slam or criticize people who do; I love to read this stuff myself.) They are more likely to go straight to a book: perhaps a biography of Alexander the Great or Catherine the Great* or someone else they consider Great.

Surfing the ‘Net is a deadly timesuck, and given what they know their time is worth — even back in the day when technically it was not worth that — they can’t afford it.

I could go on, it’s a fascinating subject, but you get the idea. I wish you luck and strength and perhaps a stiff drink should you need it.

2. Michael Simmons, Co-Founder, Empact & Award-Winning Entrepreneur

Most of these people have focused on individual traits such as hard work, deliberate practice, etc.. But when we look in the real world, we see that individual traits aren’t the whole story.

There are so many people who work extremely hard, have great ideas, plan out big things and so forth, yet they are not nearly as successful as these four legends.

I myself am an entrepreneur. I have been since the age of 16. Recently though, I had the same underlying question you had.

Because of that, I went out searching for the answer.

Through my interviews I do for Forbes, I recently came across the field of network science. This field has studied how people become successful from a completely different angle. They’ve found that how we build our network may be the best predictor of success.

Since then, I have interviewed many of the world’s top network scientists on a quest to understand how networks create competitive advantage in business and careers.

Out of the four legends that have been mentioned, I feel that the best person to showcase as a prime example of how networks impact success is  Steve Jobs.

Since then, books have been written and movies have been made.

Each has celebrated his legacy and aimed to share the secrets he used to build the largest company in the world; things like attention to detail, attracting world-class talent and holding them to high standards.

We think we understand what caused his success.

We don’t.

We dismiss usable principles of success by labeling them as personality quirks.

What’s often missed is the paradoxical interplay of two of his seemingly opposite qualities;

  1. Maniacal focus
  2. Insatiable curiosity

These weren’t just two random strengths. They may have been his most important as they helped lead to everything else.

Jobs’ curiosity fueled his passion and provided him with access to unique insights, skills, values, and world-class people who complemented his own skillset. Job’s focus brought those to bear in the world of personal electronics.

I don’t just say this as someone who has devoured practically every article, interview, and book featuring him.

I say this as someone who has been monomaniacal in the study and research of what the underlying key components are that create career success.

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