Are Pants, Leggings or Shorts Best for Exercise?

Are Pants, Leggings or Shorts Best for Exercise?
Pants, leggings or shorts, it’s always been an age-old debate, which should you wear when exercising? You may be surprised to learn that each option has its pros and cons and it’s likely you’ll find yourself switching between all three as the weather changes and your workout plans alter. Here we look at the upsides and downsides of each type of clothing so you can decide which is best for you.

What are the Pros and Cons of Wearing Pants
The pros of wearing pants while exercising include comfort and protection from chafing. The cons include overheating and lack of flexibility. Tight pants can also limit your range of motion, which is especially important if you are working out in a studio where you don’t have as much room to move around as you might if exercising outside. If you wear shorts and they ride up over your thighs during your workout, it could be a distraction—or worse—if they end up around your waist. While some women feel that wearing shorts makes them more self-conscious (especially at group fitness classes like Zumba or spin), many women who own athletic clothing find that they enjoy participating in group classes more than when they did them in their old street clothes.

What are the Pros and Cons of Wearing Leggings
Everyone knows leggings are comfy. But when it comes to exercising in them, that comfort can be both a blessing and a curse. For one thing, they provide support to your knees and hips—some athletes claim they’re more supportive than spandex shorts. They also stay put better than other types of pants and are less likely to become see-through when you’re sweating. On top of that, leggings have pockets and other elements designed for high-performance workouts.

What are the Pros and Cons of Wearing Shorts
Wearing shorts when exercising allows for optimal blood flow to your skin. This is ideal in warmer weather but can be hard on sensitive skin in colder climates. And yes, wearing shorts means you’ll have to change more often during exercise—but that’s no big deal if you prefer a certain type of garment. It’s worth pointing out that some men prefer to wear longer shorts while working out because they say they feel uncomfortable with their legs constantly exposed. It all comes down to preference! You might even want to try different types of clothing at home before you head into a gym just so you know what works best and how much discomfort (if any) you can handle.