Plus-size women who want to get moving don't have to resort to oversize sweats and T-shirts. Finding great plus-size workout wear is easy when you know what to look for and where to look.
Baggy isn't better
If you've got curves, you might think loose sweatpants are the best workout gear for you, but in many cases you'd be wrong. Workout leggings usually have plenty of stretch, which makes them curve-friendly. Best of all, form-fitting workout leggings help cut down on irritating friction on your thighs that shorts and baggy sweatpants allow.
Double up if necessary
Possibly one of the hardest work-out garments for plus-size women to find is the perfect sports bra. Stretchy sports bras usually don't have enough support, and those with an underwire may chafe or pinch. The secret for the curvy lady is to double up. If you wear a stretchy, one-piece sports bra underneath one with underwire, the stretchy bra will protect you from chafing, and you get twice the support.
Where to look
If you like shopping online, check out plus-size active sites like Activeista and Just My Size. Both of these sites offer a variety of bras, tops and bottoms. They even have plus-size active swim wear, which is useful whether you enjoy water aerobics or just want something practical for the beach.
If you'd rather look for clothing in brick-and-mortar stores, try Fashion Bug or Old Navy. Department stores (like Sears) and dedicated sports stores (like Dunham's or Dick's Sporting Goods) also usually have more selection and variety than some of the women's specialty stores that you tend to find in malls.
Once you know what to look for and where to look, it isn't so difficult to find great plus-size workout wear. And now that you know how, you can spend less time worrying about what to wear and more time getting active.