Top Women's Plus Size Fitness Shorts

Plus size walkers need plus-size shorts that will move with them and won't bind or ride up. Chafing is often a concern in summer, which can be prevented by wearing bike-style shorts either by themselves or layered under looser shorts. Useful cargo shorts and comfortable yoga capris are also available for plus-size walkers.

Columbia Women's Plus-Size Sandy River Cargo Short

Columbia Women's Plus-Size Sandy River Cargo Short
Columbia Women's Plus-Size Sandy River Cargo Short. Courtesy of

These nylon shorts have slash side pockets as well as a zippered pocket. They are fast-drying and styled for outdoor wear. They are available in sizes 1X-3X and in a variety of colors.

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Nike Dri-FIT Tempo (Size 1X-3X) Women's Track Shorts

Nike Tempo Shorts
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Nike has realized that active gals come in all sizes. These track shorts have a built-in brief and a short cut for maximum freedom of movement. The fabric wicks away sweat and they are lightweight for maximum breathability. They come in sizes 1X to 3X.

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JunoActive Relaxed Fit Workout Shorts

Juno Active Relaxed Fit Workout Shorts
Juno Active Relaxed Fit Workout Shorts. Juno Active

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These relaxed fit shorts have slash pockets so you don't have to figure out how to carry along your cell phone, ID, etc. The polyester/spandex fabric will help wick away moisture. They are available in sizes from XL to 6X in heather gray or basic black.

RYKA Pursuit Running Skirt

Ryka Pursuit Running Skirt
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The RYKA Pursuit Running Skirt is available in sizes up to 3X for some color combinations. It has liner shorts under a running skirt, with the shorts extending beyond the skirt. The design is great for helping prevent chafing as well as covering your assets. It has a side patch pocket for small essentials.

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JunoActive Quikwik Bike Shorts

JunoActive Bike Shorts
JunoActive Bike Shorts. JunoActive

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JunoActive's bike-style shorts in fast-drying Quikwik fabric will help prevent chafing. They also have an anti-microbial finish which will prevent odor from setting in. They provide light compression and support. With their 8" length, they help prevent chafing and are suitable for layering under baggier shorts. They come in sizes 0X-6X. The fabric is 90% micropolyester and 10% spandex.

Ryka Active Shorts

Ryka Active Shorts
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These 3-inch mesh shorts can help you keep your cool on hot walking days. They come in a couple of great colors and sizes up to XXXL.

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Simply Emma Plus Performance Shorts

Simply Emma Athletic Short Leggings
Simply Emma Athletic Short Leggings. Simply Emma

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These shorts are available at Sears. They are made of performance polyester/spandex to wick away moisture and help prevent chafing. They have a wide elastic waist and hidden pocket. The are available in sizes 1X - 5X.

R-Gear High Five Pocket 5" Shorts

R-Gear High Five Pocket Shorts
R-Gear High Five Pocket Shorts. Courtesy of Amazon

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These dual-layer shorts have an inner brief and and outer shorts of soft micro-poplin that wicks away sweat. The front pockets have zipper and the back pocket has a Velcro® closure. There is also an inner iPod/key pocket. That should be enough to keep you moving! They are available in XL and XXL as well as regular sizes.

Sweet Spot Skirts

Sweet Spot Skirts 1500
Sweet Spot Skirts. Wendy Bumgardner ©

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If you wear spandex shorts to prevent chafing, but you prefer to keep something to the imagination, these fun skirts are a great solution. Sweet Spot skirts snap on over your shorts, tights or running pants. They secure with a row of snaps, so you can adjust them to fit. They come in sizes that should fit most women up to size 26. Feel feminine and stylish while you enjoy your active life.

QuikWik Power Play Skirt

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JunoActive Power Play Skirt. JunoActive by Junonia

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This combo outer tennis skirt/inner bike short can help prevent chafing. Feel feminine and fresh as the fabric wicks away moisture and prevents chafing. The skirt is slit at each side for easy motion. I found the skirt fabric in front to be annoying - I prefer shorts. On the other hand, the skirt helps hide your lumps and bulges, so it may give you more confidence when exercising in public. Skirt length 17 inches, short inseam 5.5 inches. Sizes XL-6X.

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