7 Problems With Activewear That No One Talks About (But We've All Dealt With!)

7 Problems With Activewear That No One Talks About
(But We've All Dealt With!)

It's a fact that if you love to exercise, you love activewear. You take great pleasure in selecting from the wide range of activewear available in the market. Isn't it amazing that there are so many designs to choose from nowadays?

However, there's a less flattering side to activewear that not many of us discuss openly. โ€˜Cos, why talk about it, right? You wear it a few times; it gives you trouble (you swear your sports bra fit better just last week, it's only been in the wash twice!), and now you have no choice but to discard it.

But does it have to be this way?

Some activewear, as gorgeous as it may look, comes with a whole host of problems. When you're in your zone sweating it out, the last thing you want to deal with is uncomfortable activewear that doesn't keep up with you. Even seemingly "trivial" issues like not having pockets and carrying your phone in sweaty palms can be a bummer and take the fun out of exercising.

So, let's not stand for unsupportive activewear.

First, look out for these

Before discussing the most common issues with activewear, here are a couple of things you need to look out for when shopping for activewear:

The Perfect Fit

The Perfect Fit

The workout gear you buy needs to fit you properly. Getting the right fit will eliminate most of the issues that we highlight in this article. Perfection is when your activewear fits you like a second skin.

Climate Ready

Climate Ready Fabric

Make sure that you buy activewear built for the climate you live in. The humid Singapore weather requires light, breathable fabric. It's time we aired some dirty (activewear) laundry, ladies!

1. Don't rub me the wrong way!
Kyro Rib Pocket Leggings - anti chafingKyro Rib Pocket Leggings - anti chafing

We need to shed some light on the uncomfortable horror chaffing is. Before you go blaming your beautiful body, did you think that your leggings might be the culprit? Thin fabric, leggings that slip and slide, compounded by the combination of sweat and friction, can lead to an epidermal disaster.

Kydra aims to end chaffing with our high-waisted fit to ensure your leggings don't move while you move. The seams are held together with a cover stitch to ensure that it doesn't become lax with wear.

2. Nothing to see here
Kyro 7Kora & Kyro Leggings - Non sheer

Eek, don't we all detest leggings that unintentionally reveal too much? You can blame over-stretching, sweat patches and thin fabric for that. Avoid a potentially mortifying situation by trying on a few pairs of leggings to find the right fit for you.

The solution? Pick leggings that have undergone a 4-way stretch test. This means that the fabric returns to its original shape even with prolonged usage. Fun fact - all Kydra's leggings are tested this way. Furthermore, Kydra's Kora Fabric has anti-bacterial and sweat-wicking qualities you'll love. You can also avoid sweat stains by trying leggings in darker colours in high-quality materials.

3. Stay in one place
Stay in one placeSquat Test

Don't you hate the feeling of your leggings riding down when you either cycle or do squats?

The best way to ensure your leggings don't do an unflattering number on you is to do a "squat test" when you buy workout pants. Most commercial activewear is made to a standard fit. However, we Singaporeans need clothes that are tailor-made to suit our needs, weather, and bodies.

As a brand made especially for Singaporeans, Kydra accounts for the average waist-to-hip ratio of us ladies here in Singapore. We made the waist smaller in our leggings which reduces gaping around the waist and prevents leggings from riding down at the back.

4. Don't flip on me
Don't flip on me - sports bras insertsDon't flip on me - sports bras inserts

There are better things to concern ourselves with than refitting errant bra cups, am I right? What's even worse is that a once beautifully fitting bra never feels quite the same even after you flip it back. 

At Kydra, we construct our sports bras to ensure that the cups in the bra don't flip. In the unlikely event that they do flip and come loose in the wash, we have installed a clever contingency plan in place! Honestly, we don't understand why this isn't a norm. We labelled our bra cups so that you know how to place them back in. Genius!

5. Slipping away...
Non-slip sports brasNon-slip sports bras

A well-fitting sports bra shouldn't have straps that slide down your shoulders. As our bodies are all different, and if this keeps happening to you, a cross-back or racer-back bra or bralette might be the one for you.

Sometimes you may feel that your bra straps lose their elasticity just after a few washes. To combat this issue, our sports bras feature enforced stitching to prevent the elastic from coming loose with use.

6. Never be out of pocket
Shorts & Leggings with PocketsShorts & Leggings with Pockets

Seriously though, where have pocketed leggings been all our lives? Although this isn't technically a "malfunction" of activewear, pockets can make a world of difference to your workout - especially for a busy day out, reserving leggings with no pockets for floor workouts at the gym, yoga studio and workouts at home. Having pockets means you don't need to fumble with your phone while running or wear bulky armbands, and the great news is that our range of leggings and shorts feature pockets!

7. Hot and bothered
Never be hot and bothered with Kyro Never be hot and bothered with Kyro

Hot and bothered is how you should not feel after a workout! Activewear that doesn't absorb sweat can stick to you unflatteringly and leave you with sweat patches that don't dry up for an extended period of time.  

Kydra is built for the heat and has stood the test of time. Our signature lightweight and sweat-wicking Kyro Fabric is perfect for the Singaporean humidity. With everything going on in our lives, we don't want our activewear to cause problems. 

We hope our list helps you break free of all these and find activewear that brings out the best in you and keeps you comfortable and happy!

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