Getting Fit And Getting Fashionable: How To Have Your Cake And Eat It
Now that we’re more than a month into the new year, it’s time for the pedal to hit the metal. It’s time for each and every one of us to pull the finger out and make all those new year’s resolutions become a reality.
For many men, getting into shape is a major resolution. We’re tired of our bellies wobbling and getting out of breath after walking the dog.
We all know what getting fit involves: going to the gym, joining a class or hitting the park. But how do we do it in style? Stock up on these sporting fashion staples and look good while working out.
Get The Appropriate Trainers
You might not think that the style of shoes you wear when you workout matters all that much. After all, what counts is that you’re in the gym, right? Well, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Different shoes are appropriate for different circumstance. For instance, the guy over the on the squat rack, squatting 400 lbs. He isn’t wearing regular trainers: he’s wearing flat sole trainers that don’t compress and keep him anchored on the ground. It’s a good idea to copy him if your aim is to lift super-heavy weights.
Then there are shoes for those who prefer to do a bit of cardio and occasionally hit the dumbbells. These guys are more suited to lightweight, all black trainers. These help the feet to breath during long stints on the treadmill and during epic supersets.
Compression leggings might sound like a fashion disaster, but if you want legs that look like those of Henry VIII, then it’s a good idea to wear an item of clothing that actually shows them off.
The purpose of compression leggings is to give you plenty of insulation while you’re jogging – critical during the winter. It’s also to help support and prime your muscles so that they perform at optimal efficiency. According to Fashionbeans, keeping legs warm and wrapped up helps dramatically with recovery after a long jog in the park.
Finally, for those of you worried about what your legs might look like wearing compression leggings, they actually help to make them better. Wobbling thighs quickly disappear under the special compression material.
There’s nothing worse than hitting the gym for a hard workout wearing a top made from cotton. You end up sweating buckets. Unfortunately, working out topless is prohibited by most gyms, except for Muscle Beach in 1975 perhaps. So what’s a man to do?
One option is to swap out your regular cotton tee for something that will actually allow your skin to breathe. Many shirts produced by sports clothes manufacturers use a mesh-like fabric that allows the skin to breathe and for heat to escape. Look for shirts with so-called “sweat wicking airflow.”
A Gym Bag
Finally, the gym bag is a fashion accessory in its own right. High-quality leather canvas is a great option, complete with a sealed interior to prevent any untoward whiff of sweat leaking out.