The Importance Of Sports Clothing

asouthernmother
August 24, 2015

Whether you’re into competitive sports or you just do these activities for fun and to keep fit, you’ll need the right sports clothing. Having suitable activewear can help to boost your performance and enhance your enjoyment, and it can even reduce your risk of injury. Here, we take a look at exactly why it’s so important to have suitable sports clothing, so whether you’re just starting out, or updating an old workout wardrobe you’ll know what to keep an eye out for when shopping in stores like Tesco.

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Helps to keep you fresh and comfortable

Whether you’re pounding the pavements, working up a sweat in the saddle or testing your skills at team sports, it’s crucial that your clothes keep you fresh and comfortable. By opting for materials that are specially designed to wick sweat away from your body, you can stay cooler and dryer during your workouts. These garments absorb sweat from your body and spread it out through the fabric, meaning it can more easily evaporate into the environment.

Gives you full movement

Well-designed workout clothes give you the full range of motion you need for your sports too, helping to ensure that you’re not restricted in any way. This can make it easier to perfect your technique, and it should mean you feel more comfortable. So whether you click here for an array of mens tracksuits or search for womens workout wear instead, when you’re testing different clothes out, try adopting a range of positions to see if the garments give you enough freedom.

Protects you from the elements

Appropriate attire can protect you from the elements too. For example, you may need gloves to keep your hands warm while cycling, or perhaps you could do with a sunhat or long-sleeved top to shelter you from the solar rays while running. By choosing garments that suit the weather conditions, you should find it easier to keep your body at the right temperature.

Reduces your risk of injury

Certain items of sportswear can reduce your risk of injury too. For example, impact-resistant polycarbonate glasses can minimize the risk of damage to your eyes if you’re playing sports like basketball. Gum shields, shin pads, Elbow Sleeve, and arm and leg supports are other examples of danger reducing accessories. Even for something as simple as jogging or running, it is vital that you pick the shoes with the correct support to save you from injuring yourself.

Boosts your confidence

Then there’s your confidence to consider. By wearing suitable and stylish sports clothes, you should feel better about yourself when you get stuck into your chosen activities because you’ll know you look the part. In contrast, if you feel self-conscious about your garments, you might be distracted and unable to focus on and enjoy the sports. Some people even feel more confident by getting retro-style shoes, which can be a great staple to any fashion attire. You can have a look at some 1990s retro basketball shoes from places like BuySideSports and change up your sports look and impress your friends.

For these reasons, it’s easy to see why getting the right sports clothing is such a big deal in the world of sports.

Becoming a Princess with RunDisney

Almost two years ago I ran the Disney Princess half marathon with RunDisney at Disney World Resort. It was a magical experience, but I had a few regrets. I think if I had researched more about the races, I could have had a better run and much better experience overall. I thought I would share a few tips that might make your transition from regular runner to Disney Princess a little more magical.

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Shake up your diet with Atkins Shakes

asouthernmother
January 5, 2015

I skipped breakfast this morning; it was the second time in the past five days. Then my day happened, and it ended up being nearly 2pm before I got to eat lunch; I was very hungry and cranky. I ran out of Atkins shakes which I occasionally use to supplement my diet. It is too easy to skip meals when I am busy working at home and trying to get my son to school. Meal planning has been essential to my dieting success in the past, and that included having a back up plan. A major advantage of the Atkins diet is that there are so many meal and snack options available. I am less likely to skip meals, make unhealthy choices, or overindulge when I plan ahead and I have a variety of choices available at home.

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You can still have sausage, egg, and cheese with Atkins breakfast

asouthernmother
December 12, 2014

My favorite meal of the day is breakfast, but it’s also the meal that I skip most frequently. I want bacon, eggs, and sausage, but who has time to cook breakfast when you’re trying to run out the door? When you make your own hot breakfast you have to count protein and carbohydrates, and that is why I like Atkins breakfast sandwiches. The carbohydrate and protein counts are already calculated on the box, so I can just enjoy my sandwich.

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What is Atkins 40?

asouthernmother
November 13, 2014

I just finished my first week on the Atkins™ 40 diet. Honestly, eating low carb meals was a huge adjustment for this carb lover, but it wasn’t as a bad as I thought it might be. I like that I could eat 40 net carbohydrates as soon as I started Atkins™ 40, it helped to curb my carb cravings. I never felt hungry, which is unusual given my past experiences with diets. I’m pleased as a peach with my results and I’ll tell you why.

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Reacquainting myself with the Atkins diet.

asouthernmother
October 30, 2014

Let’s be honest, diets aren’t fun, but being overweight is even less fun. The thirty pounds that I gained in the last year has taken a toll on my mental and physical health. I avoid mirrors, hate shopping for new clothes, and I don’t feel well. When approached about working on a campaign for the Atkins diet, I didn’t hesitate. I had successfully used the Atkins diet in past to lose weight, and this was the perfect motivation to shed my unwanted pounds.

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#BlazeNewTrails after an injury with Mizuno Wave Kazan

asouthernmother
August 13, 2014
This post is a sponsored post through Fitfluential for Mizuno Running.
Mizuno trail shoeLast fall, I was heartbroken to learn that I had a serious injury that would prevent me for running for a while. It would keep me from running the Marine Corp Marathon and the Bourbon Chase; I had planned to run both races for nearly a year. I suffered a stress fracture in my left foot 18 months prior to that which lingered on for months, all because I had failed to heed the advice of my Doctor. I was angry and upset and wanted someone to blame other than myself. In a lot of cases of accidental injury, there is someone at fault and you could contact a personal injury lawyer to see if you have a claim. If you have ever suffered an injury as a result of an accident which wasn’t your fault, you may want to consider contacting someone before it’s too late. To learn more about personal injury lawyers and how they can help you, check out this website. However, in my case, I had nobody to blame but myself. I hadn’t followed my Doctor’s advice, I wasn’t warming up and down properly and I wasn’t wearing the right shoes. I don’t think I even knew that certain apparel could hinder my performance! I was tempted to get more info about apparel styles and what clothes and shoes are best for running but then I totally forgot and continued using the bits I already had, causing more issues. That was a tough pill to swallow, but I got there in the end.
This new injury involved my left hip and I decided that I was going to strictly abide by my doctor’s instructions. This time around I was a little over protective. I didn’t run or exercise all winter, and when I did start back I struggled because I was more than a few pounds heavier. I had two goals: to loose the weight I gained and to get back to my previous exercise endurance levels.
What is the most important piece of gear for a new or experienced runner? The proper shoe can help prevent injury and accidents, and enhance run times. I knew from previous experience that an ill-fitting or wrong running shoe can irritate an injury. I live in a rural part of Kentucky, and the majority of my runs are done on trails ranging from paved, gravel, dirt, and grass. The Mizuno Wave Kazan has been one of the best trail running shoes that I have tried. The soles and treads are suitable for any surface, and they transition seamlessly from trail to trail.
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The Kazan is incredibly light; the women’s shoe weighs 8oz and the men’s version 9.5oz. It is incredibly versatile and I am unafraid to #BlazeNewTrails when wearing it. One of my biggest fears while trail running is falling or stumbling due to uneven terrain; the traction on the Kazan helps to ease that worry. The shoes have a 12mm ramp.
The very unique thing I found about the Wave Kazan is that its treads do not make them heavy or cumbersome; the shoe is flexible even with the heavily treaded bottom. Many other trail running shoes feel “clunky” but these are very comfortable. If you examine my photo of the sole of the Wave Kazan you can see that the forefoot and heel can move independently.
Since I had a stress fracture in my foot previously, I value shoes that provide proper support. The Wave Kazan has a nice overall feel. The Wave Technology acts as a stabilizer promoting a smoother foot strike. I haven’t noticed any foot soreness or tenderness since I started wearing the Wave Kazan.

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I found that the Kazan runs true to size. The color pattern on my pair is fun, and the yellow stripe helps keep me visible in the woods. The laces have good grip so I am not constantly retying my shoe.
Here is a great video about the making of the Wave Kazan from two time Olympian Michael Aish.
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How did you transition back to running following an injury? What do you look for in a good running shoe? Happy trails, and let me know if you decide to #BlazeNewTrails with the Mizuno Wave series trail shoe.
I received product and compensation for this review, however all views and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.