Getting into sports will give you lots of benefits. It will make you healthy, it will keep your mind sharp, it will put your body in its top shape and condition and it will let you develop a good kind of life. Overall, having an active lifestyle will give you physical, emotional, and psychological benefits.
Having the right kind of clothes is very important in having an active lifestyle. Sports clothes and apparels are created and designed for optimum movement and comfort in engaging in different activities. Some even have special and added features such as safety.
Since people are getting more and more health conscious and are getting more actively engaged in physical activities, the sports apparel industry is booming and in fact is getting bigger and bigger. There are huge companies such as Adidas, Nike, Converse, Speedo, and Reebok to name a few and they have eaten the lion’s share of the sports apparel market. However, these companies, since they have already established their brands and reputation, are a little costly.
There is nothing wrong with buying products produced by these companies because after all, their products are of high quality and will ensure consumer satisfaction. But there are some cases wherein practicality will come into the picture. It won’t be worth it for you to wear clothes that are too expensive for a late afternoon jog around the neighborhood or for a swim at a local pool.
Many people would prefer to go cheap. Buying cheap clothes doesn’t really mean giving up quality. Here are some things that you can do in order to save money on sports clothes.
1. Buy comfort and purpose, not the brand. It’s a fact, huge companies have great marketing schemes that they are very good and effective in luring people to buy their products. Though their products are of high quality, there are times wherein you can buy the same kind of apparel or clothes for a much lesser price. Go to the local department stores or sports hubs in your area and don’t look at the brand but instead, look at the material of the clothes. Most of the time, these clothes get expensive simply because of the brand and not really about the quality and the material used.
2. Join local sports events. If there are organized sports events in your area, they will most likely supply uniforms. In marathons, organizers give singlets, in basketball, baseball, and other organized sports events, they hand over uniforms. These sports clothes will get in so cheap if you pay for it personally and most of the time, especially in organized team sports events, you can get it for free.
3. Buy in bulk. It’s a general rule in buying. If you buy in bulk, you get it cheap. There are times wherein sports shops or even manufacturers offer discounts for bulk orders or purchases. If you intend to buy shirts for a jog, buy them in bulk. You can do the same for shorts or jogging pants and apparels such as socks and supports. Store owners and manufacturers give discounts to those who buy in bulk because it gives them faster profit. It’s a win-win situation, they earn fast, you get to buy cheap.
4. Buy straight from the manufacturer or factory. If you head straight to where these clothes come from, you’re definitely sure that you can get them cheap because you bypass the middlemen. Factories or manufacturers distribute it in bulk to distributors who, in turn, spread it to sports shops. These distributors and shops earn through marking up the prices of items hence the customer will end up paying more. Generally, prices are 20 – 50 percent higher than the company price. Quite a good bargain so to speak.