How Women’s Workout Clothing Is Designed For Better Results

Back in the day, women threw on a pair of sweatpants, a sweatshirt, and some running shoes and went jogging to get their exercise. Today, there are workouts with resistance equipment, kettle balls, and even water. As much as the form of exercise itself has evolved, workout clothing has evolved even more. Modern exercise attire can improve performance, delivering beneficial results that complement our workout efforts. In addition, this clothing looks much more attractive than those old sweatpants.

Increasing exertion

If the goal is to shed some pounds this year, never fear, because there is workout clothing out there to help. Some apparel exerts force against the skin during a workout, increasing muscle exertion by up to 50 percent. The result is that whether the wearer is walking, running, doing yoga, or lifting weights, a bit more energy is expended. Resistance built into some clothing targets problem areas like the thighs and glutes.

Keep your cool

In addition to increasing performance, many pieces keep the wearer cool and dry while exercising. Fabrics wick moisture from perspiration away from the body and store it like a capillary. Bras feature nylon mesh backing rather than multiple layers of fabric, keeping women cooler. Well-made pieces are designed to last and the clothing comes in different colors and patterns. Material is soft and provides the “give” needed during a workout that involves stretching and other movement.

Be environmentally friendly

For exercise during the warmer months, there are no ride-up capris and shorts designed for workouts that involve raising the legs, such as Pilates. Some exercise clothing is eco-friendly, made from fibers like organic cotton, soy, and bamboo. Other clothes include recycled materials and lack synthetic fibers such as Lycra. This allows an environmentally conscious woman to enjoy a workout without worry that the environment was harmed in making her apparel.

Workout gear for every part of you

Clothing that enhances performance is not limited to tops, bottoms, and undergarments. Shoes are also designed to improve a workout. Toning shoes work the core of the body and can be worn during a walking workout or when walking around town. Performance-enhancing workout clothing has become so popular that some manufacturers plan to release a line of swimwear that includes the same features. This will enable avid swimmers to enjoy the same benefits without having to give up their preferred exercise.

The beginning of a revolution

This seems to be just the beginning of a revolution in workout clothing. As researchers discover new fabrics designed to improve comfort and enhance performance during specific types of exercise, the product line will evolve. It is not difficult to imagine a day when each type of exercise has its own designated clothing featuring built-in benefits.

Fitness should be a part of every female’s lifestyle. If the clothing women wear can help improve the results of their workouts, this is a great additional benefit. Though the clothing will not do all of the work for the wearer, it can make exercise …

MARS Model of Individual Behavior and Results

Companies are striving to answer many questions in efforts to benefit from positive employee behavior in the workplace. The goal of most companies is to foster a win-win situation for both the company and associate. What is the difference between a happy satisfied employee and a disgruntled unmotivated employee? Is it how much money he or she makes, or the amount of time they spend on the job? Is it the work environment? Does the position meet the needs of the employee? Can the employee successfully perform? Does the employee know the role they play in their organization? Has the manager provided their employees with the required tools to be successful? In fact, there is a model of individual behavior that answers these questions quite well. The MARS model of Individual Behavior and Results introduced in chapter two of Organizational Behavior, 4th edition (McShane & Von Glinow) is an excellent medium for creating the win-win relationship between the employer and associate.

This model identifies four interrelated elements that have an affect on employee performance; Motivation, Ability, Role perception and Situational factors. These factors are highly interrelated; for example, a data analyst is skilled in running reports (ability), self taught on how to use the latest tools to extrapolate data (motivation), and understands how this information will help management make decisions (role perception), but does not have the required access to the data files (situational factors). Unless all of the elements of the MARS model are satisfied, employee behavior and performance will be negatively impacted.

A successful manager will possess a clear understanding of the abovementioned elements and be able to apply them. Motivation is the internal influence affecting employees’ actions. Employers must meet the intrinsic needs of associates to fully capitalize on the motivation element of this model. In order to accomplish the job, employees must have the necessary abilities. Managers are responsible for ensuring their employees receive the required training and skills to be successful. Another critical function of the ability element is to place employees in positions that will effectively utilize their talents. The third element of the MARS model is role-perception. Staff members must have a clear understanding of where they fit in the organization and how they contribute to the overall mission. Comprehensive job descriptions with clear expectations will aid the associate in understanding the role-perception element. The final element is Situational factors. Employees must have all of the required tools, equipment and work space to accomplish the job.

How does a manager adopt the MARS model? Starting with motivation, employers must have a good relationship with employees and discover the driving force behind their actions. One well known theory of motivation organizations must consider is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In the workplace Maslow’s hierarchy levels are satisfied as follows:

Level 1 – Physiological & Body – Good salary and safe working conditions.

Level 2 – Safety and Security – Job training programs and enrichment.

Level 3 – Social & Friends – Team building seminars and …