Today, most of us spend at least three quarters of our day without moving a muscle. We are either working while sitting in one place, sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle or in some mode of public transport, or sleeping. We spend minimum time doing any form of exercise in our day to day activities. Gyms have become all the more popular in the past few decades because they encourage us to do a variety of workouts under the same roof. Gyms workouts require you to be dressed in a certain way to ensure comfort and hygiene while you are working out. It is important that you stay comfortable throughout your whole workout in order to actually concentrate on it. Many people mistakenly assume that the gym is a place to show off and tend to wear clothes that are completely wrong for the occasion. Here is a step by step guide on how you should dress for the gym.

The top

Many people mistakenly assume that the less you wear at the gym, the more comfortable you will be. This is only a misconception and would most likely result in aches, pains and sprains. Choose a comfortable top made of a breathable material such as cotton or nylon. Men can opt for t-shirts or mens gym tops while women can opt for tank tops, t-shirts or crop tops. Wearing clothes that do not adequately cover the body gives rise to frequent sprains, chills and cramps.

The bottoms

Gym workouts require you to be comfortable at all times. It is best to wear a bottom that makes you nothing short of comfortable. Men can wear shorts while women can wear comfortable track pants or shorts. Shorts should always be at least up to the knee, unless you are working out at your home gym. The waist band of the bottom should not be too tight or too loose to make you uncomfortable.
Bottoms that are too tight will only make you uncomfortable and unable to concentrate on your workout. The same goes for bottoms that are too loose. You will be concentrating more on keeping it up rather than on your workout.


Shoes are an important part of gym attire, though they are not considered as clothes. No gym outfit is complete without the right pair of gym clothes. Most gyms do not allow you to wear street shoes inside the gym. Check the rules and regulations of your gym to be sure of the fact. Your shoe should be the right size and the right type for the exercises that you will be doing. Wearing tennis shoes, for example, is not the best thing that you can do when doing a cardio workout on the treadmill. Not wearing the right shoe not only makes you uncomfortable, but can also give rise to many kinds of leg injuries.


Towels are not exactly a part of gym clothes, but a gym outfit cannot be considered complete without a towel. It is always best to carry your own towel so that you can use it for wiping the sweat off your face and arms during the workout. A towel can also come in handy if you are sharing your exercise mats with others or using the floor to lie down on during certain exercises.