So you’re keen to get fit next year – congratulations! Whether you choose to cycle, box, do Crossfit, get flexible with Ashtanga yoga, hit the gym and pump iron, or just go for an old-fashioned run, making fitness one of your priorities will reap benefits in the long run.
However, a lot of guys will often just throw on their old rags and runners when they exercise – yes, feeling comfortable is important, but over time these clothes can actually do more harm than good! Functional activewear not only looks good, it also ensures you’re making the most of your physical potential and supports you while you exercise. If you’re serious about getting fit, it’s essential to have the right gear to help you get there. Here are some tips on what to wear while you work out.
Activities such as cycling, running and boxing are great forms of cardiovascular exercise, and it’s easy to work up a serious sweat. When doing these kind of sweaty workouts, choose a shirt or tank top that’s made of a performance fabric that allows the clothing to breathe and wicks moisture away from your body. The Stripey Tank is the perfect choice for summer workouts, while the Jogger Vest is ideal for exercising in the cooler months – both absorb moisture while allowing the fabric to breathe and keep you feeling dry even in the most strenuous spin class. [image/s]
Just as with shirts, it’s also important to wear bottoms that don’t cause irritation or chafing during these kind of workouts. Look for shorts or pants that are breathable to keep you cool and dry, as well as having some stretch so they don’t restrict your movements. The Trainer Short is great for that long cycle or run as the fabric absorbs sweat and dries quickly, as well as having 4 way stretch to keep you moving.
Circuit training, yoga, and Pilates are excellent workouts that work on your strength and flexibility – for these activities, go for cotton shirts or tanks that keep you cool as well as move and flow with you. Cotton shirts are also best for men who have sensitive skin – look for shirts that are 100% cotton to keep skin reactions at bay. Another benefit of these shirts is that they’re great post-workout – they look fantastic with a pair of jeans or joggers! The Crackle S/S tee is a classic choice; this, paired with the Cropped Jogger, can easily take you from studio to street.
Always consider your footwear for whatever you decide to do – your old Dunlop Volleys aren’t going to cut it, and as funky as your Yeezus trainers are, they won’t keep your feet supported during training. Make sure you’re properly fitted for a shoe that’s appropriate for your workout – this is especially important for high impact activities such as Crossfit and running. Shoes will be the best investment you make in kitting out your fitness wardrobe.
Whatever you choose to meet your fitness goals, it’s also important to make sure what you’re wearing helps you along the way. The Upside men’s fitness line launches in early 2016, and with its range of tanks, shirts, pants and sweats it’s guaranteed make you the coolest (and best-dressed) guy in the gym/studio/running track – check The Upside website for updates!
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