The best gym clothing for women over 50

Get ready to sweat!

Women over 50 working out

by Eleanor Weaver |

Having the right clothes for exercise on hand is essential for keeping comfy and helping you to stay motivated. There's nothing worse than exercising in leggings that won't stay up or a thick t-shirt that has you sweating more than you should.

When you’ve reached a certain level of maturity, you'll also find that the skin-tight, revealing workout wear you find in stores has lost its appeal.

That’s why filling your wardrobe with the best workout clothes for women over 50 is a must, whether you’re just beginning your fitness journey or regularly working up a sweat.

Much like the right exercise equipment, the best workout clothes will help you to achieve an effective workout and serve as a reminder to get you moving. Get them on first thing in the morning and you'll be ready to work out as soon as the spur of the moment comes!

We've found the best gym clothing to buy in the UK, so you can stay cool and comfortable from head to toe.

What are the best clothes to work out in?

No matter what type of exercise you’re doing, you’ll want your clothing to be supportive, breathable, and comfortable.

You should look out for clothes that are moisture-wicking, as these will help to pull the sweat away from your skin and help you stay cool throughout your workout.

They're designed not to stick to your body and they're easy to clean - the right gym clothes won't lose their shape or stretch in the wash.

The best moisture-wicking materials include Marino wool, nylon, spandex, bamboo, and there are high-tech options too that incorporate materials like polypropylene and polyester. Many of the best workout clothes for women over 50 are also made with super-smart antimicrobial technology that inhibits the growth of bacteria - even better!

With the right gym clothing, you can say goodbye to that awful chafing for good and feel your best as you move.

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What should an older woman wear to the gym?

Whatever you like! Your age doesn't dictate what you choose to wear when you work out, so choose whatever is comfortable to you and makes you feel fierce and empowered to exercise.

What are the most flattering gym clothes?

When choosing your workout clothes, think about what you’ll be doing in them.

Whether you like to power walk, do yoga, run on the treadmill, or take part in a Zumba class, it's important to choose clothes functional and comfortable for your exercise.

Your choice of workout trousers for yoga is going to be different from what you choose for running leggings, and each has features to make them ideal for that specific activity.

That said, feeling like you look your best is important, too. Wearing flattering clothing gives you a boost, which might make you more likely to head to the gym!

From gym basics to comfortable running shoes and accessories, we’ve rounded up the best workout clothes for women over 50 that will make you feel great and ready to move and shake!

Best gym clothing for women over 50

While many women opt for super-tight workout pants, they’re not always the most comfortable choice, especially for yoga. On days when you need a little breathing room, these slimming and lightweight flared bottoms will have you covered.

They’re equipped with a wide, drawstring waistband to make for the perfect fit and they're squat-proof, great for keeping our dignity intact! They've been tested for moisture-wicking properties so you can stay dry and comfortable as you work out. Our prediction? You’ll find yourself reaching for these pants more often than not.

Sizes: 6-18

Colours: Black, navy, cornflower blue, grey and oxblood

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This short-sleeve performance top from M&S' Goodmove range will keep you wonderfully comfortable and cool during your workouts. In a flattering, relaxed fit, this cap-sleeve top is lightweight, breathable, quick-drying, and moisture-wicking - what more could you need from a gym top! We also think this top is a great stylish option for wearing out and about, even with casual trousers for hikes or short walks in the summer months.

Sizes: 6-24

Colours: Jade

Engineered to sculpt, stretch and support, these cropped leggings from Sweaty Betty are finished with a high waist and an adjustable drawcord for the perfect fit. The material is moisture-wicking, stretchy, lightweight, breathable, and soft for a comfortable workout and great for any position you find yourself in. They're super handy with a pocket to the side and back (that's right, pockets!) and they're constructed with a sculpting fabric that'll flatter your curves and keep them in place.

Sizes: XXS-XXL

Colours: Blue floral print, blue/move print, blue flower print and black camo print

This comfy vest is ideal for jogging and power walking, thanks to its special material that's designed to wick sweat away from your body, keeping you nice and dry. Made from 100 per cent polyamide, this vest is fitted but high-stretch with breathable mesh panels to keep you cool. We also love that this is seamless so you don't need to worry about abrasive seams rubbing you up the wrong way as you work out!

Sizes: XS-XL

Colours: 15 colours to choose from

Unlike the majority of sportswear brands, Peachylean has been specifically designed for women of all shapes, sizes and ages.

Founded by mum of two, Sharon Keegan, the products aim to make every woman feel utterly amazing whether working out or chilling out.

The leggings are high-waisted, super comfy and bum-sculpting, providing squat-proof support that lifts you up and never lets you down. There are loads of colours to choose from, our personal favourite is the Olive green.

Review: "I have struggled before to find leggings that fit well without going see-through or being baggy. These feel so supportive, fit nicely around my belly and bum. The phone pockets on either side are really handy and I love the range of colours available. I have a sports bra from the same brand and that fits lovely too!"

Sizes: XS - 4XL

Colours: 13 colours to choose from

A workout jacket is a fitness essential perfect for any season, and Lululemon’s Define Jacket is a fantastic pick. Designed to help you stay comfortable this lightweight and moisture-wicking jacket will keep you dry even during the most intense workouts. It has a flattering, slimming silhouette, secure front pockets, and soft fabric that's a triple threat - supportive, breathable and stretchy.

Taking a break from the gym? It’s stylish enough to wear as an everyday jacket too, making it one piece of fitness clothing that’s well worth the investment.

Sizes: US 0-24

Colours: Seven colours to choose from

This clever bra should reduce stress on the breasts during exercise - perfect for Zumba or aerobics classes. It features a Coolmax inner support to wick away moisture as you work out and has soft padding, making it a staple addition to your gym base layers.

Sizes: 34B-36G

Colours: Blue and hot crimson

H&M has been a favourite for their gym wear that's comfy, well-fitting and at a great price. These ankle-length leggings have been designed with minimal seams for better stress, mobility and less abrasion, and the fast-drying fabric will keep you lovely and cool, and dry! We also love that it's true to size, and that can be trusted with the 1,279 reviews on its site.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colours: Beige, light pink, green, black and blue

In a traditional bra style, we know and love, the infamous Shock Absorber bra is a top pick for taking on a workout without added stress on your back. Perfect for yoga, pilates, walking, and cycling, this bra is moisture-wicking, breathable, and padded (including around the hook and eye closure) for extra comfort. The underband is softer and wider than other bras on the market making it a great choice for the support you need.

Sizes: 32B-38F

Colours: Black and white

Finding the right running shoes can feel like an impossible task, especially if, like many women over 50, you suffer from debilitating foot pains. Fortunately, the ASICS GEL-Venture 5 is here to help. Equipped with extra heel cushioning, removable liners for medical orthotics, and a design that provides excellent traction on all types of terrain, these sneakers are best-sellers for a reason.

Sizes: 3.5-13

Colours: 14 colours to choose from

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Not only is this gym bag a pretty, pastel pink workout addition, but it's also a handy big bag for your towel, water bottle, and gym kit. We think that'll make your trip to the gym or local park easier, and made of polyester and PVC, it won't stay sweaty post-workout.

Size: 47 x 20 x 22cm

Colours: Pink, light grey, black, cucumber green

These leggings are perfect for providing the support you need, no matter your workout. We really appreciate the targeted compression which will help ease the impact on your muscles and lock in those wobbly areas that can make your workout uncomfortable. Made from a series of high-performance recycled materials, these seamless leggings will adapt to your movement and fit nicely with the high-rise elasticated waist.

We'd recommend sizing up as some reviewers have found they come up a little small.

Sizes: XS-XL and plus size 1X-4X

Colours: Two-tone black and grey, navy and grey and mauve and carbon

This super-soft hoodie is made from sustainable cotton, perfect for keeping you comfy over a t-shirt when warming up or cooling down. If you're working up a sweat, we doubt this will stay on long, but it's a great gym-going companion with a touch of stretch for easy movement, breathable fabric and thumbholes for cosy wear. The best part for us - this hoodie has zip-up pockets!

Sizes: 6-24

Colours: Navy, grey, black, white, raspberry and soft turquoise

Comfy joggers are perfect for gentle classes - not to mention relaxing at home afterwards. These bottoms from Matalan's Souluxe sportswear range have been crafted in antibacterial, stretchy fabric that will wick away moisture on the go. They're soft, on-trend, and even have zip-up pockets.

Sizes: S-XL

Colour: Grey

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