Whether you go to visit the gym or you decide to go for a jog, it is essential that you choose the appropriate fitness gear. Failure to do so is likely to leave you injured or in pain and will merely serve to deter you from future exercise.
The first type of fitness gear that you must ensure is correct is your shoes. It is essential that you wear shoes that allow your foot mobility and comfort in order to prevent injury or unnecessary pain when working out. You must first determine what type of feet you have. If you are flat footed it is important that your shoes are stable and support your feet well to prevent falling whilst running. Likewise, more flexible and cushioning mid-soles are essential if your feet arch a bit more, as this will spread your weight much more evenly throughout your feet and reduce the amount of weight acting upon your heel and toes; causing you less pain. Obviously, if you wish to go running regularly then it would be wise to invest in some running shoes. These are more lightweight than ordinary trainers and much less cumbersome – making it much easier to keep going, even when your legs are tired! If you go cross country running, trail shoes are necessary, as they have more grip and give more support to your ankle when running – the biggest cause of injury during cross country running occurs when someone goes over on their ankle; this is avoided by choosing the appropriate fitness gear.
The second type of fitness gear to make sure is appropriate is your clothing. It is important to make sure that you wear breathable fabrics whilst you are at the gym. The gyms are very warm and, particularly when you are exercising, you will sweat a lot. If you fail to wear breathable fitness gear then the sweat will soak into your clothes and serve to make them heavier. Heavier clothing tires you out quicker meaning that you stop exercising earlier. The main way we lose weight is through sustained exercise, so this will detract from your attempts to lose weight. Also, if sweat is not channelled away from your body, the salt within it will remain and rub against your clothes as you exercise. This causes painful rashes that will make it too uncomfortable to continue exercising; again, making it difficult to lose weight. Wearing the appropriate fitness gear ensures that the sweat is not retained and you are able to keep exercising longer; much more beneficial.
If you are not properly equipped yet, don’t waste anymore time and purchase yourself a fitness gear until your next workout session.