Accessories & Training Comfort
Joseph Gatlin provides some advice on equipment and accessories that can enhance your training experience.
For the most part, athletic training is all about technique and dedication. You will not get very far if you do not apply yourself, in a correct, healthy, and effective way, to your exercise activity or competition. However, it can be difficult to do all of this if you are not comfortable while you train. Part of this is about making sure that you stay hydrated, that you keep your energy up, and again, that you use proper technique and train intelligently. However, in many cases, your comfort and success also depends at least somewhat on your equipment. Here are a few tips and examples of equipment and accessories that can be greatly beneficial to your training.
Whether it is a tight sports bra for a woman, or a pair of compression shorts for a man, having tight-fitting elastic athletic underwear can improve your comfort a great deal as you work out. The reason these sorts of materials are beneficial is that they prevent body parts from rubbing together as you move and train, and this in turn prevents irritating chafing.
Dri-Fit, specifically from Nike, and similar materials keep you more comfortable as you work up a sweat. These materials are specifically designed to absorb moisture and keep it away from the body, allowing you to stay cool and keep up some airflow between your body and the garment. This is as opposed to ordinary shirts, which quickly become drenched in sweat and stick uncomfortably to the body.
Many people find that using ordinary headphones while working out leads to a great deal of annoying irritation. These headphones can easily fall out, or even fail due to sweat absorption. Instead, consider trying out a few pairs of headphones specifically made for athletic performance, as they are made to stay on tightly, and to absorb moisture without becoming damaged.
If you ordinarily wear glasses to correct your vision, you may frequently be uncomfortable during workouts. Keeping glasses on can be annoying, and leaving them off can make your vision blurry and cause you to become mildly disoriented. Instead of succumbing to these discomforts, consider looking into Acuvue contacts, even if it means buying a pair that you only use for training.
Thousands and thousands of people make the mistake of simply buying the most affordable or visually appealing pair of athletic shoes they see before beginning a training program. This sometimes works out, but it is important to remember that the wrong pair of shoes can cause you to alter your run or become uncomfortable while training. Take some time to have a trainer or shoe professional analyze your feet and your run, so that you can know which shoes best fit your style.
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About the Author
Joseph Gatlin is a freelance writer. He has a strong interest in all things that involve athletic training, and enjoys numerous sports and athletic activities.
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