Some activities require specific gear, and learning about buying gear
is your responsibility as you learn the sport or activity. Always use the
safety gear recommended for your chosen activity, such as a helmet and knee
pads. Learn about the use and proper fit of such safety equipment.
If you are just trying out a new sport, try renting or borrowing the
gear you need. Make sure the gear fits you properly. If you don't, you risk
Get the right shoes for your activity,
especially for aerobic activities. Shoes designed for running, walking, hiking,
or particular sports have features that will keep your feet comfortable and
well supported for that activity. Replace your shoes often if you exercise
regularly. When shopping for shoes:
Try on shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are most swollen.
If you have shoe inserts or orthotics, test them out in various shoes.
Wear the type of socks that you will most often wear with the shoes.
Have both feet measured. Your foot size can change as you grow older. Often one foot is larger than the other. Shoes should be fitted to the larger foot.
You don't need to buy special clothing to exercise, as long as you are as comfortable as possible. Wear clothing that is
breathable (allows air to circulate through the cloth and around your body).
Several light layers often work better than one heavier layer. Each layer
serves a purpose:
The layer closest to your skin should wick
moisture away from your body.
Another layer should provide warmth
(if needed) and support to keep you comfortable as you move.
outermost layer should protect you from wind and rain (without holding sweat
next to your skin).
If you are outside, don't forget about the sun. Use sunscreens, and consider using:
Hats with wide 10 cm (4 in.) brims that cover your neck, ears, eyes, and scalp.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.