There are a few different types of workout pants to suit different needs. Running pants, yoga pants, and workout leggings are all different types of workout pants that are each designed for a specific purpose. When selecting clothes to wear while exercising, it is important to keep a few factors in mind, such as comfort, breathability, and safety, among others. There are workout pants available in men's, women's, and children's styles.
Running pants are among of the most popular types of workout pants. These typically come in short or long versions, and are often tight and fitted to the legs. This can help to make running easier by preventing any wind resistance, and can also prevent the runner from tripping on his or her pants and potentially causing an injury. This type of workout pant is quite similar to leggings, though running pants are often made of materials that wick sweat away to keep the wearer cool, while providing breathability.
There are different types of running pants for different seasons; for the summer, one might choose a lighter pair of workout pants, while cold-weather runs might necessitate a more insulated pair of pants. This is largely a matter of personal preference. Some choose to wear two pairs of running pants during a run; one tight pair, such as leggings, underneath a slightly looser and warmer pair, similar to sweatpants. In the summer, runners often wear a pair of shorts over running leggings for comfort.
Of course, running pants are not the only type of workout pants available. Yoga pants, which are often worn for yoga and Pilates, are generally fairly form-fitting pants, but are not as tight on the legs as running leggings. These are designed to stretch easily, and to not ride up during different postures. When doing Pilates, it is especially important to avoid wearing loose, flowing pants, because they could easily become caught in various Pilates machines.
General workout leggings or fitness leggings are a type of workout pants that are often worn during classes in gyms, such as aerobics or kickboxing classes. These are also fairly tight and allow one to move freely without becoming overheated. Though some people prefer to wear loose, baggy pants while exercising, in order to hide any flaws on the body, this is generally not a great idea because it is easy to trip on pants that are too lose, and it is difficult for an instructor to determine if the wearer is using proper form during an exercise.