Cavemen may have had very little fashion sense, but they knew that clothing was functional and wore what was appropriate for the tasks at hand.
When it comes to exercise, best dressed doesn’t mean showing off. Tight clothing may restrict movement. Certain fabrics don’t allow skin to breathe. And hiding less attractive parts of your body may mean giving them less attention when they really need more.
If you want to get the most out of cavemen workouts, your best bet is to follow the tips below and feel great while looking great.
Nothing beats a plain and simple t-shirt made of cotton or a special material like Nike Dri-Fit, which has been designed especially for the purpose of exercise and keeps moisture away from your skin.
To burn more calories during your workout, a lightweight hoodie can be layered with your t-shirt. Look for one with a zipper, which makes it easier to put on and take off. Again, cotton or a dri-fit like material will help keep that extra perspiration at bay.
If you feel the need to put your guns on display, sleeveless tees are also acceptable, as long as they aren’t too loose or too tight fitting. But avoid the muscle tanks, wife beaters and cut-off tank-tops. Covering up actually helps keep muscles, joints and ligaments warm, while improving circulation and lessening the risk of injuries such as strains and tears.
Below the waist, a caveman has two options to wear to the gym, athletic shorts or training pants. Whatever option you choose, make sure it is efficient for working out in, not just stylish.
For shorts, length is important—no longer than an inch or two below your knees for men and no shorter than mid-thigh for women. Think soccer shorts or boxing shorts. And they should have an elastic waistband. You want everything to stay in place during squats, lunges and the like.
With training pants, make sure the length is right at the ankle. Too long and you will be tripping over them on the treadmill. Too short and they will look like capris. Track pants are a great option for gym goers, especially on upper body days.
With both pants and shorts, keep colors to a minimum. Also, look for cotton, mesh or dri-fit like materials.
Athletic shoes are your only option, and cross trainers are your best bet. Running shoes may be popular, but they are, after all, made for especially for running. No sandals, loafers, boat shoes or dress shoes—you will stand out, in a bad way, and put yourself at risk of injury to boot.
Be sure to wear socks, of course—basic, white and durable. They will help you avoid blisters and keep your shoes from absorbing all the sweat. Crew length will give a bit of added protection to the ankle. Knee high and tube socks are better suited to sports than workouts, but no show socks are acceptable if comfortable.
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