You must have the correct exercise gear if you are a man to enable you to work out comfortably and efficiently. If you are a runner you should stay clear of loose and baggy clothing as these can create drag and ultimately chafe your skin. They can also become much weighed down with moisture and sweat and will feel very uncomfortable to run in. If you wear tighter clothing you will find that this is more comfortable.
The wicking material draws out moisture from your skin and wicks it away into the atmosphere keeping you cool and dry. You can always wear baggy lightweight shorts over the top of running tights to preserve your modesty while out for a run in the winter or wear them on their own in the summer.
Consider also what you wear on your feet while running. You will need some good quality trainers and also running socks. If you visit a specialist running shop they will measure your gait and advise you on what type of trainers will suit you best.
There are around 4 different types of trainers depending on what kind of footfall you have.
- Running socks are very useful, they’re moisture wicking and some are padded to save you from developing painful blisters.
- They are made from Merino wool which is a finer kind of wool and extremely absorbent and moisture wicking.
- You won’t know you’re wearing them, as they will keep your feet incredibly cool in the summer but warm in the winter.
- They are quite expensive but try and stock up when your local running shop is having a sale.
It is a good idea to buy a running sock that comes over the ankle. This will prevent any rubbing to the ankle itself and will be supportive to your feet in general. Padded socks are a great idea to minimize blisters and once your feet have got used to the impact of running you could change to a more lightweight variety.
Today coolmax running socks are very efficient in preventing bacteria build up and are incredibly durable, lasting a runner many years. When you take off your running socks you will probably find that they are wet. But, you won’t have felt this dampness while you were running. This is because your socks have been working to wick away that moisture during your run and once you have taken them off you will find that they dry very quickly and have no smell at all.
If you want to try a more lightweight sock, try to find them that incorporate acrylic as well as wool. These socks are called Thorlo socks and many people prefer them, as they are thinner than running socks that are just made out of wool. Lyzer make exceptionally good quality running socks that you can buy in many styles.