When choosing the clothing you wear for a workout; you obviously know that the lighter you dress, the less heat you’re going to accumulate and the less chance you have of passing out from heat stroke.

But did you know that your clothing has much more of an impact than just that? The kind of material you wear on your body can decide a lot more about your workout than just what temperature you sweat at, but don’t worry.

We’re here to explain it all as it is well known ever.

Bamboo

Bamboo, that hollow kind of tube-shaped tree that pandas eat, can be beaten into the pulp and turned into a very versatile fabric. Bamboo fabric is light enough that your skin can breathe through it, something that most clothing brands can’t say about their products, and it is also moisture-wicking, meaning that the sweat you exude during your workout won’t stick to your skin because the fabric disperses it.

To top it off, it’s also insanely soft stuff, almost rivaling wool or cotton. It repels odors and regulates your temperature, too!

Cotton

Cotton isn’t the best fabric for anything that makes you sweat a lot because of course; you know that cotton absorbs moisture like a sponge. This means that unless you want to feel like a half-drowned rat by the time you’re finished spin class, choose something a little less absorbent.

However, for all of its absorbent properties, it doesn’t let odor-causing bacteria thrive like polyester and other artificial fabrics do. This makes it perfect for weight training, yoga, or anything else that doesn’t leave you sweating up a storm!

Besides, you probably have a cotton tee already in your wardrobe.

Nylon

Made famous by being the material that women’s stockings are made out of, you probably already know that nylon can be one of the smoothest and breathiest materials out there. It also dries quickly after a sweaty workout and is mildew resistant, which means it doesn’t have a lot of the fallbacks that cotton does.

Nylon is also extremely stretchy without losing its shape, meaning that even if you’re practicing doing the splits in yoga class, your pants will be up to the challenge.

The only thing you’ll want to watch out for is the odor. As stated above, synthetic fabrics let odor-causing bacteria thrive, so just make sure to wash anything made of nylon often.

Polyester

Polyester is the “110%” of workout fabrics, and it shows in how often you’ll see it on labels for everything from coats to pants. It’s just plastic spun into cloth, meaning that it doesn’t wrinkle, it’s more durable than anything else in your closet, it’s light and breathable, and it lets the sweat from your workout evaporate instead of absorbing it like cotton does. It also reflects UV rays and the cold, meaning it’s perfect for cold-weather workouts.

The only problem is, as stated above with the other artificial fabrics, the stink factor. Wash this one too.

Show Me The Muscles

Now that you have a baseline to work with, find your perfect workout outfit and get cracking! That perfect body won’t build itself, will it? Remember, bikini bodies are made in the winter, check out Bikini Body Workouts Review’s website to learn more.