The purpose of fitness clothing is to keep you comfortable, allow for correct freedom of movement and in some cases, help your performance. Wearing the correct clothing can help you get the most out of your workout.

Unless you swim, the basics of any fitness wardrobe are shorts, pants, tops and jackets. For runner and cyclists, Tighter fitting, but nonrestrictive pants are helpful. Fitness walkers or hikers may prefer looser fitting bottoms. If you lift weights, be mindful of how loose the shorts fit to avoid catching the edge of a dumbbell.

The fabric of your clothing should contain a small percentage of spandex to help them retain their shape between washings and during your workout. While you may enjoy wearing your favorite t-shirt, cotton workout apparel absorbs your body's moisture directly onto your skin, while specially designed workout fabrics wick sweat away from your body, helping you feel cooler. Wool, fleece, and nylon are good for winter workouts.

Try and avoid 100% cotton socks when exercising. Choose a specialized fitness sock made from a blend of material that keeps blisters at bay while helping your feet stay dry. Also look for socks with an extra layer of padding in the ball of the foot and a supportive band around the arch of your foot.

If you are a woman, a sports bra is an essential piece of fitness clothing. Choose a sports bra that offers you support and minimizes breast bouncing and movement while running or working out to stay comfortable and help avoid breast injury.