How To Get Dressed for Jogging or Workout?
Jogging does not require fancy clothing. One of running’s attraction is the fact that you do not need to spend much money. Nylon or cotton gym shorts and a T-shirt are adequate in summer. For winter running, a sweat suit or jogging suit serves until temperatures fall below 20° F. Some runners prefer cotton thermal knit long underwear under their running shorts. Several layers of lighter apparel are preferable to a single heavy garment. Add gloves and a knit cap in colder temperatures. When the wind blows, a thin nylon windbeaker helps to reduce heat loss. A cap is particularly important in cold weather, since a great deal of body heat is lost through the head.
The best guide to use in selecting clothes for jogging is that they be comfortable, reasonably loose, and help keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Women should avoid wearing support garments or clothing that restricts free movement of the arms or legs or impedes the return of blood from the extremities. Men do not need to wear athletic supporters while jogging as they frequently cause skin irritations. Workout uniforms or “jogging suits” are not necessary but they do help motivate some people to keep jogging once they have started.
When temperatures fall below 20° F you may choose to wear both the underwear and the sweat suit. Many continue to run despite subzero temperatures. There is no danger in doing so provided you are properly clothed, warmed up, and sensitive to signs of wind chill and frostbite.
Never wear a rubberized or plastic clothing while jogging to increase sweating as this will not cause any permanent loss of body weight and can be harmful to your health. Rubberized or plastic clothing can cause body temperature to rise to a dangerous level because it does not give sweat a chance to evaporate, which is the principal temperature regulation mechanism for humans during exercise. When sweat cannot evaporate, body temperature increases and this causes more sweating which can lead to excessive dehydration and salt loss resulting in possible heat stroke or heat exhaustion.