- Shop for workout sneakers later in the day (when your feet are at their largest) to ensure a proper fit.
- You do not need to break in running shoes — they should feel comfortable the moment you run in them. Don't feel shy about running around in the store to test them out.
- Write the date you bought your sneakers on the inside of the tongue. After 300 to 500 miles, replace them with a new pair — so pay attention to your weekly and monthly mileage.
- Choose gear based on your needs, not on style. If you're running on the road, don't choose a pair of trail runners just because you like how they look.
- Test out workout gear in the dressing room before you buy it. Run in place to see how the fabric moves with you, do a Down Dog to make sure your boobs don't fall out of your top, and of course, do a wide straddle in front of the mirror to avoid purchasing see-through leggings.
- Wicking gear is a must to keep you dry and prevent chafing, so skip the cotton (including undies), and choose fabrics that breathe and pull moisture away from the skin.
- Never wear two sports bras! If you're in need of greater support, find a company, like Moving Comfort, that caters to larger-chested women.
- Since you probably don't own a sports bra for every day of the week you work out, while taking your post-workout shower, hand wash your sports bra and hang it on the rod to dry for tomorrow.
- Once you find a sneaker, sports bra, or top you love, stock up! You can break it out as soon as the original is on its way out.
- Inspect your fitness gear every so often for safety and effectiveness. An exercise band that has a tear or worn-out sneaks are an injury waiting to happen.
- Splurge on an expensive yoga mat like the Manduka Black Mat Pro. It won't break down like cheaper mats and has a lifetime warranty, so you'll only need to buy one mat.