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Choosing the right women's sportswear

No matter what sport you're into, you'll need good sportswear. After all, it's hard to keep your motivation if you're uncomfortable and chafing! Keep blisters at bay by finding the gear that's right for you. Think about your chosen sport before you start shopping, and remember your personal preferences. If you're hitting the gym or going running, you might go for a loose T-shirt or one that fits more snugly. Doing yoga? Don't choose something too baggy, or your T-shirt will end up in your face during inversions! Runners should look out for details like zipped pockets in your leggings or shorts. That way, you'll never lose your keys when you're out pounding the pavement.

Your sportswear: Start with a strong foundation

No matter what your discipline is, sportswear for women should always start with a sports bra. Make sure it fits well and gives you enough support. Again, this will depend on your chosen sport. High-impact sports demand serious support, while for gentler options, like Pilates, you can get away with something lighter. Other essentials include footwear. Your trainers will need to be right for the movements you're going to be making. Running shoes usually come with plenty of support, to cushion your feet as you hit the street. Basketball or tennis shoes, on the other hand, will give you more support for side-stepping and moving in different directions. As well as an appropriate pair of trainers, be sure to check that you've got the right kind of socks. Look for a breathable pair that will keep your feet from getting too sweaty and uncomfortable.

The finishing touches for sportswear for women

Once you've chosen your trainers, sports bra, T-shirt and bottoms, there are a few other pieces of sports clothing to consider. If you're going to be exercising outdoors, look for a lightweight jacket. This should keep you warm, but also be easy to slip off as you start to work up a sweat. You'll also want to think about how you deal with your hair. If necessary, look for accessories like a headband, sweatband or buff that will help you keep it out of your face. Long-distance runners might want to think about extras like a running belt with a couple of pockets. This way you'll be able to carry a mini bottle of water and other essentials with you.