Can £190 leggings really teach you yoga: And other ‘smart’ fitness wear to boost – Health News Today

Not all that long ago, gym gear meant a baggy cotton T-shirt and a pair of old tracky bottoms.

But fabrics are now so technical your leggings can apparently do everything from creating infrared energy to vibrating to correct your yoga pose.

Big brands spend millions on researching ever more advanced fabrics to shave milliseconds off elite athletes’ times. And eventually, that all reaches the High Street.

Rachel Carlyle tested a selection of the latest technically advanced leggings that promise to boost workouts 

‘Compression fabrics, for example, can increase your blood flow by 1 per cent to 2 per cent’ says Dr Colin Crosby, a consultant in sports medicine and medical director at BMI Hendon Hospital in North London.

Here I try out some of the latest offerings.

CORRECTS POSTURE

Wearable X Nadi X, £190, wearablex.com

These ‘smart leggings’ are designed to coach you towards better yoga form: they have sensors at the ankles, knees and hips that vibrate when you need to focus on those areas.

This is monitored through a detachable ‘pulse’ device, which clips on to the back of the leggings. Simply charge it up using a USB cord, connect it to the Nadi X app on your phone via Bluetooth and you’re off.

Rachel said Wearable X Nadi X (pictured) are eye-wateringly expensive, but comfortable and high quality

Rachel said Wearable X Nadi X (pictured) are eye-wateringly expensive, but comfortable and high quality 

Each time you move into a new pose, if your posture needs correcting, a part of your leg vibrates (and yes, the sensation is as weird as it sounds). However, it’s not always clear what changes you need to make. I pitied anyone walking past my window as I grappled with Warrior pose.

The leggings are comfortable and high quality, but do go for a size up. They’re also eye-wateringly expensive, so you’d have to be pretty keen on yoga to splash out.

However, I did have fun perfecting the poses and have used them several times since. 4/5

NATURALLY COOL

Bam Enduro Bamboo Deep Waistband Leggings, £49, bambooclothing.co.uk

Rachel said she would take Bam Enduro Bamboo Deep Waistband Leggings (pictured) on holiday or wear in the street

Rachel said she would take Bam Enduro Bamboo Deep Waistband Leggings (pictured) on holiday or wear in the street 

Bamboo is nature’s performance fabric: it is three times more absorbent than cotton and naturally wicks away sweat from your skin.

It also blocks 98 per cent of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays and is naturally anti-bacterial.

I tested these on a 7km run. They weren’t as supportive as the others I tried, but the fabric felt cool and breathable, which meant my legs didn’t overheat.

I wished they’d had a pocket and a drawcord, but they didn’t slip.

These were the leggings I’d take on holiday (if I could) or wear in the street. 4/5

LAYERS OF LYCRA

Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight 25”, £88, lululemon.co.uk

Rachel said Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight 25¿ (pictured) are supportive and the fabric dries within ten minutes

Rachel said Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight 25” (pictured) are supportive and the fabric dries within ten minutes

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