Should your fitness clothing change across seasons?

Training clothes are more than just a way to keep you cool in the summer heat. They can be an essential part of your workout routine, making it easier to stay focused on your goal and achieve better results. With this in mind, here are some questions about your fitness clothing as the seasons’ change.


Spring is when we shed our winter attire for lighter, more breathable fabrics. As a result, now’s a good time to switch your fitness clothing for clothes explicitly designed for warmer weather.

Here’s what you should be looking for:

  • lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen, wool and silk
  • clothes that are designed to “breathe” better than others


For summer, you want to wear lightweight and breathable fabrics. For summer weather, shorts are great if you don’t mind showing off your legs. Avoid black and white if you intend to work out in a tight top or shorts. You might be tempted to wear red since it’s a bold colour that pops out in a crowd—but don’t do it!

  • Red is the slightest forgiving shade on your skin tone and can make you look washed-out if worn when exercising (or in general).
  • Brown isn’t much better; it makes people look sickly or tired.
  • Navy blue is also off-limits because it can make your complexion appear duller than usual.
  • Grey should also be avoided if possible; At the same time, some shades of grey work well with certain skin tones, but they are generally unflattering on most people (for example, grey sweatshirts are great for layering over another shirt but don’t work alone).
  • Finally, beige-coloured clothing makes everyone look pale. So, steer clear unless that’s how you like your outfits.


If you’re feeling the fall chill, a hoodie is an excellent way to stay warm. A nice pair of leggings will help keep you cosy on those cold days. You can also wear them as workout clothing and pants when it gets colder outside.


If you’re working out in winter, you need to be warm. So, your clothing should be thick, sturdy and insulated. It should also be waterproof because the last thing you want is to get wet when it’s freezing outside.

It’s essential to stay dry by wearing layers: wearing a long-sleeved shirt under a short-sleeved one and tucking the loose end of each sleeve into the other, so they don’t bunch up around your hands when exercising. Pair your long sleeve top with leggings or pants that are tight enough, so no skin is visible (but not too tight). This will help keep heat in and cold air out and protect from windchill, making exercising even harder on those chilly days ahead.

Don’t be blind to seasonal clothing changes

August is the last month to wear your winter coat, but if you’re still rocking it in September, people will think you’re a fool.

The same goes for your shorts. Don’t wear your spring/summer shorty shorts in the fall, and don’t wear your winter snow pants during summer, either.


Ultimately, you should always be aware of how clothing affects your fitness level. As seen here, there are several ways that seasonal changes can affect how well your clothes work—and vice versa.

With this in mind, it’s essential to keep an eye on what you wear and when you wear it.

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