Appropriate clothing to wear during running/cardio?

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    Sep 09, 2010 9:17 PM GMT
    When one is doing cardio such as treadmill, elliptical, jump rope, and the like, should one wear more clothes or less clothes? Does sweating or keeping body temperature higher help increase the number of calories being burned?
  • Vaughn

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    Sep 09, 2010 11:27 PM GMT
    Not those short shorts...
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    Sep 09, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    A cute little bonnet and fishnet stockings do well.

    Or, shorts and a tshirt, or moisture wicking tee.

    I find that wearing less is better... You want to be comfortable more than anything when doing cardio!
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    Sep 10, 2010 1:16 AM GMT
    TerraFirma saidWhen one is doing cardio such as treadmill, elliptical, jump rope, and the like, should one wear more clothes or less clothes? Does sweating or keeping body temperature higher help increase the number of calories being burned?

    No, you would only lose water weight. It is dangerous and not effective at all.
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    Sep 10, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    Pinny said
    TerraFirma saidWhen one is doing cardio such as treadmill, elliptical, jump rope, and the like, should one wear more clothes or less clothes? Does sweating or keeping body temperature higher help increase the number of calories being burned?

    No, you would only lose water weight. It is dangerous and not effective at all.


    What he said.
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    Sep 10, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
    My favorite, on young guys, is the wearing of extra baggy and long shorts with the waist band near the pubic hair line with no underwear, so they flop all around the material. Yes, and these are the same guys who refuse to shower at the gym so no one will make a move on them...icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 10, 2010 5:07 AM GMT
    Be sure to wear a sports bra.
  • HankFit247

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    Sep 10, 2010 6:03 AM GMT
    Loose, wicking material and a Polar Heart Rate Monitor.
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    Sep 10, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    Pasties with tassles are definitely the way to go.
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    Sep 10, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    Anything that lets your junk bobble around for the titillation of others around you.
  • neon4u

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    Sep 10, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
    I guess if you're doing the cardio mentioned you are inside. If you're inside doing cardio you are better off wearing less clothing to avoid overheating. Moisture wicking fabric is great so you're not in wet clothing which is disgusting. If you're outside, stay cool too. But sometimes you have to dress to stay warm (ie winter time). When doing cardio you want to stay cool to provide a comfortable atmosphere to continue the exercise for a long time (at least 20 min if not longer). This includes not only the clothing you wear but staying hydrated. So drink water while doing your cardio. Your body will generate a lot of heat while doing an exercise so usually you have to control the rise of body temperature as opposed to warming.
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    Sep 10, 2010 6:38 PM GMT
    Indoor cardio: kaftan
    Outdoor cardio: muu-muu

    For reals: wear a moisture-wicking tee and decent shorts. Avoid all-cotton t-shirts as those will soak up your sweat like a sponge and get really heavy.

    Don't forget to post pictures of yourself in your new gear, too.icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 10, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    A pretty good rule of thumb is to do your main work out in clothes that'd be comfortable in temps about 10-15 degrees warmer with no exertion if you're working out outside. So I say lighter clothes are better.
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    Sep 10, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    In the gym I wear a vest/singlet for a top. Ditto when running in the summer or when the air is mild.
    In the winter I wear a casual shirt for a top.
    Shorts in all occasions.
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    Sep 10, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    i dont wear anything :O
  • nicelyproport...

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    Sep 14, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    All my cardio is done outdoors -- where I wear as little clothing as I can get away with -- so I'm afraid I can't offer any sage advice.
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    Sep 14, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    The question is asked every week or two.

    The answer remains the same: to enhance exercise performance your body needs to stay not over-heated. That means not being an idiot and overheating yourself by wearing caps, sweats, etc.

    If you see someone on cardio equipment at the gym with a heavy sweatshirt or long shorts, or even sweats, it's because they're ignorant and simply don't know any better and are too stupid, or too lazy, to go looking for the answer.

    Overheating lowers your exercise performance and is NOT conducive to training goals.
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    Sep 14, 2010 5:58 PM GMT
    You should wear whatever clothing you are comfortable in and allows you to work hard without overheating. Overheating is bad. icon_biggrin.gif

    I'd suggest clothes made out of lightweight 'tech' fabrics such as Nike Dri-FIT, Adidas ClimaLite, Brooks Equilibrium, Asics Hydrology etc... I'd avoid anything made of cotton because cotton gets really heavy and clingy when you sweat.

    For indoor cardio, I wear a pair of briefs, a pair of lightweight loose exercise shorts or running pants, a short sleeve t-shirt and a hat (lots of hair to control!).

  • tazzari

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    Sep 15, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    People aqsk me all the time what the best ski boots are, and the answer is the same: the ones that are comfortable.

    For the rest, the guys who warn against over-heating are all right on the money I'd just add that it's important to drink during an exercise session.

    Nat
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    Sep 16, 2010 12:20 AM GMT
    Thanks all!