Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or are a cardio pro, it can be tempting to buy or update an entire workout wardrobe. Your health will appreciate it, but your budget, not so much because quality fitness attire is not cheap. Luckily, not all workout clothing is worth the splurge on high-quality items.
Items Worth the Splurge
Shoes – When working out, your feet are the powerhouse of your body. They need to be cared for to prevent injuries throughout your body. Look for end-of-season sales or visit an outlet mall to save on high-quality shoes.
Sports Bras – Do we really need to say more? Good support is worth the investment.
Socks – This may sound ridiculous but splurging on a few pairs of workout socks will make a difference, especially if you are a runner. Good socks can provide an extra layer of cushion, which can prevent blisters. They also last longer than most basic socks making them worth the investment.
Leggings – Is there anything worse than having to stop your workout to fix your leggings because they have ridden up or fallen down? You don’t need to drop $100 on one pair of leggings but you need to have 2-3 pairs that are high quality and fit you well. If you buy cheap leggings they won’t hold up and you’ll just have to continually replace them.
Items to Save On
Shirts or Tanks – While workout tank tops can complete your workout outfit, they won’t improve your overall workout. Save money and pull from that stack of t-shirts you have from school or local events.
Jackets – Unless you’re an outdoor runner, sports jackets won’t provide much of a difference in your overall workout. Look for light-weight cotton sweatshirts or zip-ups, these will help your body breathe.
Accessories – When you’re starting out, you don’t need an expensive yoga mat, weight set, or water bottle. Start small with your investment. If you’ve been working out for a while and want to splurge, pick one item that you will use at least twice every week.
Before you go on a shopping spree, think about what you use now. If you’re just starting out, try to buy only what you will need for one week. This will hold you accountable to your budget and your workout plan. If we’re being honest, buying workout clothes is more than fun than actually working out so it’s totally okay to include one splurge purchase in your budget every few months.
Bottom line is that not all workout clothes are created equal. Some pieces are worth their investment and others are not. What workout item is worth the investment to you? Let us know in the comments below.