We tend to go to the gym in order to look good in our day to day lives. But have you ever considered how you look when you’re actually in the gym? Gymwear will take up an entire category of its own in the wardrobe, so you want to make sure you’re making the best purchases possible when you head out to purchase bits and bobs to wear during your workouts. So, let’s take a look at two of the most difficult purchases when it comes to gym wear – swim shorts and trainers.
Perhaps the most difficult purchase when it comes to gymwear is swim shorts. Why? Well, you tend to have a good idea of what you’re looking for when it comes to cycle shorts, running shorts, vest tops, and running jackets. But we tend to spend less time in the pool and there also tend to be fewer options to choose from. So, opt for a reliable brand like John Henric who can provide you with plenty of different prints in a variety of sizes.
Now, when it comes to choosing a pair of trainers for the gym, your best bet is to go with the big name brands on the market, like Nike and Adidas. This is because they have the means to conduct proper research into quality and performance in each and every shoe that they place on the market. They also tend to have the most aesthetically pleasing options out there. Browse their ranges specifically designed for running, as you are likely to complete a whole lot of cardio in the gym. Once you’ve settled on a pair, you need to consider your personal requirements, as you may need to purchase a specialist insole to ensure that your foot is properly supported. This will require you to understand pronation. This sounds more daunting than it is. In short, pronation is the way your foot rolls inward when you walk and run. Different shaped feet have different pronation. The four main types are underpronation, neutral pronation, overpronation and severe overpronation. If you experience underpronation, your feet will have a high arch. This could leave you prone to having increased shock run through your lower limbs. Individuals with neutral pronation tend to have a medium arch, meaning that you are unlikely to experience issues running. If you have overpronation, you are likely to have a normal arch, but will have problems with the prolonged rotation of your leg to your foot. Those of us with flat feet are likely to have to deal with overpronation – a condition that causes you to be most likely to experience injury. Your foot function will be disrupted, and you will have poor shock attenuation.
While you want the clothing you opt for to be comfortable and functional, you also inevitably want them to look good at the same time. The good news is that you can have your cake and eat it when it comes to purchasing swimwear and trainers!