Boca native Christina Lagoudes admits that she practically lives in active wear—when you have a 2-year-old daughter, as she does, everyday activities can be a workout. Still, it took an entrepreneurial leap for the Florida Atlantic University grad to bring European brand Body Action to the U.S. last year in the form of an online retail business (bodyactionusa.com). Lagoudes shares her expertise on workout clothes.

Q&A with Christina

When it comes to activewear, what are the key factors to look at?

Comfort and performance materials. Material is so important in activewear. You want to be comfortable. You want [the material] to feel good, or else you’re not going to feel good working out or even doing your day-to-day activities.

What materials are best for working out?

A blend of cotton, Lycra, spandex and polyester that forms to your body more, allows movement and is more durable. [Also, there is] Supplex, which is nylon but feels like cotton; it’s water-resistant and maintains its shape after washing. Anything 100-percent cotton isn’t good for high-intense workouts.

What workout pieces should women invest in?

A sports bra that’s comfortable and fits well; and pants [with] an adjustable waistband. That way, it’s more comfortable and more of a customized fit.

To see our favorite activewear pieces, inspired by Christina's advice, pick up the July/August issue of Boca Raton magazine.