A series, presented in partnership with getfit at MIT
So we’ve covered shoes. But what about the rest of your body? While getting in shape requires a certain amount of discomfort in order to make progress, there’s no reason your clothing should contribute to that.
We’re going to enlighten you on something that is going to change your fitness life:
COTTON IS ROTTEN.
Cotton is super comfy, but it’s something we want to avoid with anything you’ll be sweating in. And here’s the reason: cotton is highly absorbent. So when you sweat, the clothing you’re wearing will just soak that up and hold it against your skin. So when it’s hot out, your body has a hard time cooling off, and when it’s cold out, your body has a hard time warming up.
SO WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO WEAR, THEN?
Look for a synthetic or wool blend, which will wick moisture away from your skin and dry quickly. This will keep you comfortable and able to workout longer! This is particularly important in SOCKS. A wicking sock will keep your feet dry and blister-free, while a cotton sock will soak up sweat and start to bunch up around your feet, creating friction points.
Side note – did you know that each foot produces about a pint of sweat per day?! So you might spend a little more on a wool or synthetic sock, but your investment is well worth it (and your walking/running socks will outlive any cotton sock by at least a year!)