Leggings are several types of leg attire that have varied through the years. Modern usage from the 1960s onwards has come to refer to elastic close-fitting high-rise garments worn over the legs typically by women, such as leg warmers or tights. Usage from the 18th century refers to men’s wear, usually made of cloth or leather that is wrapped around the leg down to the ankle. In the 19th century, leggings usually referred to infants’ leg clothing that were matched with a jacket, as well as leg-wrappings made of leather or wool and worn by soldiers and trappers. Leggings prominently returned to women’s fashion in the 1960s, drawing from the form-fitting clothing of dancers.
In today’s fitness-oriented world, leggings are becoming a staple, not just at the gym but on city streets, at grocery stores and more. They are great for anyone who leads an active lifestyle.
I’m sure if we look in the average person’s closet, we will find that they have several leggings in there. But if you are one of those who prefer jeans, dresses, skirts or whatever else, here are some reasons you might want to add leggings to your wardrobe.
Leggings are soft and unrestricting. They allow the leg to move freely and they feel exhilarating on the skin. Some might say leggings are even more comfortable than pajamas…although they give a neater appearance!
THEY ARE GREAT TO TRAVEL IN
If you are planning to be on a plane or sitting in a car all day, you want to be wearing clothes that offers the ultimate in comfort, but you also want to look attractive on your vacation. Leggings are both comfortable and attractive making them a great choice for travel.
THEY BRING OUT THE CURVES
Leggings hug your body in such a way that they hold everything in, yet they still draw attention to a great hour glass shape. This makes for a sexy yet effortless look that any woman is sure to feel confident wearing.
THEY ARE VERSATILE AND AFFORDABLE
When it comes to versatility and affordability, leggings have it all. You can wear them almost anywhere and with almost anything. Yet, because they have a simple design, they tend to be less expensive than other articles of clothing. This makes them a great addition to any wardrobe.
THEY REDUCE FATIGUE IN THE MUSCLE
Because leggings feel invigorating when you put them on, they are great for wearing during workouts and other times when you are being active. They reduce fatigue and muscle soreness to improve your overall athletic performance
THEY ARE GOOD FOR STRAIN PREVENTION AND STRAIN RELATED INJURIES
Because leggings have a tight fit, they work to compress muscles providing support and decreasing swelling. Their soft material prevents them from causing any sort of irritation to the affected area.
THEY HELP IMPROVE PERCEIVED EXERTION
Perceived exertion refers to the amount of exertion you are feeling when you’re exercising including how hard you are breathing and how fast your heart rate is. Leggings lend a sensation that makes you feel energized improving perceived exertion. This means you can undergo a difficult workout session without feeling overly tired and fatigued.
LEGGINGS INCREASE JUMP ABILITY AND POWER
If jumping is a big part of your workouts, leggings are highly recommended. They are non-restricting and energizing so they help you reach maximum height and easily regain jump ability for future workouts.
THEY PROVIDE AN INCREASED FLOW OF OXYGEN
During a workout, muscles require a lot of oxygen to keep them performing at optimal levels. Because the materials leggings are made out of tend to be porous, they allow for more oxygen flow to the muscle which helps to boost athletic performance.