8 Tricks to Finding the Best Workout Gear for You

Feeling your best during a workout has a lot to do with your gear. Sure, you may be tempted to reach for that ratty old T-shirt from college, but is that really the best piece of clothing to get you through an awesome sweat session? Probably not. While you may have a hard time justifying spending extra cash for new gear, we’re here to tell you that it’s totally worth it if it means you can avoid some of the most common culprits of gear dissatisfaction:

1. Embarrassing sweat stains.

Without wicking abilities, we’re faced with awkward splotches and heavy, sweat-soaked clothing. Opt for a technical fabric that will quickly draw moisture away from the skin–like a polyester, nylon, or Merino wool blend.

UA Picks: UA Tech™ tees feature a signature Moisture Transport System, which draws moisture away from your body to promote rapid evaporation.

2. It stretches out after one wear.

Your gear should provide support and allow for a full range of motion, even after numerous washes. Four-way stretch encourages freedom of movement with a supportive fit that empowers you to reach for that backhand or finish even your longest runs with confidence that things won’t slip out of place.

UA Picks: The Four-Way Stretch construction of Fly-By Leggings ensures a second-skin fit that stretches both laterally and vertically — and snaps back to form with every move you make.

3. You’re hot — way too hot.

It’s cool outside, so you choose leggings and a long-sleeve top. A few minutes into your workout, you’re drenched in sweat and uncomfortably hot. Switch to high-performance fabrics like a rayon blend that can do double duty: wick moisture and maintain air circulation. Bonus points for cool mesh panels and cut-outs — they’re eye-catching and functional.

UA Picks: UA CoolSwitch capris feature an interior coating that pulls heat away from the skin, making you feel cooler and enabling longer performance. Armour Breathe® sports bras have power mesh panels for increased airflow.

4. It just doesn’t fit.

You bought your usual size, but the actual garment is either too snug or not snug enough. Rather than go through the motions of returning the item, you battle a subpar range of motion from a too-small sports bra or struggle with leggings that fall down mid-burpee. The best fix: make use of a brand’s customer services. Experts are there to help, and can consult on sizing and proper fit for the activity of your choice.

UA Picks: Choose from new and improved fits for bottoms, spanning Dialed-In (a muscle-wrapping compression fit), Always Ready (a tailored, supportive fit), and Feel Free (a loose fit for enhanced mobility).

5. Painful chafing.

Particularly during longer workouts, less technical fabrics may begin to rub and chafe against the skin. If chafing commonly happens below the waistline, try a pair of tighter-fitting or longer shorts to diminish friction. If it’s most common around your sports bra or armpits, look for a garment with a seamless or welded-seam construction and avoid cotton (a prime culprit for trouble spots).

UA Picks: The UA Streaker Tank boasts ergonomic, flatlock seams and UA Microthread technology, ensuring the fabric won’t cling, chafe, or get weighed down with sweat.

6. It’s sheer or see-through.

When you’re focused on a workout, the last thing you should worry about is whether you’re exposed. The best gear has a sturdy construction with a thicker knit and opaque fabric you can feel confident in, regardless of the activity. Still skeptical? Do a few lunges and tree poses in the dressing room before purchasing.

UA Picks: UA Mirror Studio Leggings are made with UA StudioLux® fabric, a high-performance knot that delivers relentless support and ultimate coverage.

7. The waistband slips down or rides up.

If you’ve lost weight — good for you! — and are still wearing your old gear, keep in mind that the elastic in your waistband could be stretched out. Banish the falling waistband by choosing a pair of leggings with a smooth, wide waistband that’s stretchy but sturdy. Supplemental features like interior drawcord ties may be helpful, too.

UA Picks: Improved, confidence-enhancing waistbands have been added to all new UA leggings. Try the UA Fly-By Engineered Leggings, which feature a wide, yoga-inspired waistband that stays put with every move.

8. It’s missing something important.

We’ve all fallen in love with the look and feel of an item, only to discover it doesn’t have one or more key features. Hidden pockets for a credit card and keys, zippered ankles for easy pull-on, reflective details for night walks or runs- every athlete has his or her own “non-negotiables.” Be sure to evaluate whether an item meets your every need before purchasing.

UA Picks: UA ClutchFit™ Capris feature a zippered back pocket, reflective trims throughout for visibility, and antimicrobial technology to stay fresher, longer.

UA Mirror 29” Color Block Leggings

UA Mirror Studio Leggings are made with UA StudioLux® fabric, a high-performance knit that delivers relentless support and ultimate coverage.

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Erica Bellman
Erica Bellman

Erica Bellman is a San Francisco-based writer and editor. An avid hiker, trail runner and yogi, Erica’s favorite thing about San Francisco is its proximity to nature. Next on Erica’s West Coast bucket list: hiking the John Muir Trail, summiting Mt. Shasta, and perfecting her veggie chili recipe.

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2 BR Apt in East Orange

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2 BR Apt in East Orange

S Walnut St #19, East Orange, NJ 07018

$1,125/mo

KEY FEATURES
Bedrooms: 2 Beds
Bathrooms: 1 Bath
Lease Duration: 1 Year (See Details Below)
Deposit: $1,688
Pets Policy: No Pets Allowed
Property Type: Apartment

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Tenant pays all utilities.

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3 BR House in Ivy Hill

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3 BR House in Ivy Hill

40 Eastern Pkwy, Newark, NJ 07106

$155,000

KEY FEATURES
Year Built: 1952
Sq Footage: 1478 sqft.
Bedrooms: 3 Beds
Bathrooms: 1 Bath
Parking: 2 Garage
Lot Size: 3999 Square Feet
Property Type: Single Family House

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Why You’re Never Too Old to Start Running

Spring is in the air, and, along with the warmer weather, more and more of you are lacing up your running shoes and hitting the road. It’s the perfect time for us to take a look at the habits and attitudes of runners across the Under Armour family of apps. Check out these two infographics for a comprehensive look at everything from when people run to how many injuries they report.

run report infographic

 

heat map infographic

2 Family Home in East Orange

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Robert George | RTG Property Solutions LLC | 609-474-0360

2 Family Home in East Orange

197 N Park St, East Orange, NJ 07017

$230,000

KEY FEATURES
Year Built: 2003
Sq Footage: 2846 sqft.
Bedrooms: 6 Beds
Bathrooms: 5 Baths
Parking: 2 Off street
Lot Size: 6499 Square Feet
Property Type: Multi-Family

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HUD Home being sold As Is. Buyer is responsible for all inspections an certifications.

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2 BR Apt in East Orange

Rob's World

Contact info:
Robert George | RTG Property Solutions LLC | 609-474-0360

2 BR Apt in East Orange

S Arlington Ave, East Orange, NJ 07018

$1,125/mo

KEY FEATURES
Bedrooms: 2 Beds
Bathrooms: 1 Bath
Parking: None
Lease Duration: 1 Year (See Details Below)
Deposit: $1,688
Pets Policy: No Pets Allowed
Floor: 3
Property Type: Apartment

DESCRIPTION


2 BR Apt in East Orange. Hardwood Floors near public transportation, I-280 and GSP.

RENTAL FEATURES


  • Range / Oven
  • Refrigerator

COMMUNITY FEATURES


  • On-street parking

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Why Undereating Won’t Actually Help You Lose Weight

We all know that calories matter a lot when it comes to weight loss. As long as you eat fewer calories than you burn, you should lose weight. The logic is sound for most healthy adults, but we can also take that logic too far. In the case of healthy, sustainable weight loss, more restriction doesn’t always lead to better weight loss. In fact, regularly eating too few calories can put you at risk of malnutrition, resulting in unhealthy weight loss and nutrient deficiencies.

To prevent this, MyFitnessPal automatically has a minimum daily calorie goal of 1,200 calories per day for women and 1,500 calories per day for men. These minimums, based on recommendations from the National Institutes of Health, ensure the majority of us trying to lose weight do so safely and get enough essential nutrients from food to prevent malnutrition.

What really happens when you chronically undereat?
The difference between fasting and chronically undereating (which can lead to starvation) is a matter of duration. Fasting is commonly practiced on a timescale of several hours, but while the term has earned itself a bad reputation from notorious fasting or “detox” diets (think: cayenne pepper diet), fasting for weight loss can be safe. Our bodies were actually designed to handle short-term fasts, like when we don’t eat for eight hours during sleep. We also go anywhere from 4–8 hours without eating when we skip meals during life’s busier moments.

On the other hand, going without food for several days or eating less than the calorie minimum for weeks to months puts you at risk of malnutrition. As well-nourished individuals, we do carry enough stored fuel to meet our needs for 1–3 months in the form of muscle tissue and fat. However, our body can only store 1–2 days’ worth of glycogen (the body’s carbohydrate stores), which, if not replenished, is quickly used up to maintain blood sugar.

After several days of undereating, the body switches to energy-conservation mode, meaning your metabolism slows way down, making you feel tired and edgy. As carbohydrate stores run low, protein and fat become the dominant sources of fuel. After 48 hours without food, your body runs out of glycogen to power the two organs that need it the most: red blood cells and the brain. While glucose is the only fuel blood cells can run on, the brain will begin to adapt to power itself with ketone bodies made from fat. To meet basic energy needs, your body ramps up breakdown of muscles and organs in addition to fat.

To learn more about how your body fuels itself, check out A Beginner’s Guide to Your Metabolism.

Is it ever OK to undereat?
Although it’s not advisable for the average adult to eat less than the calorie minimum, there are individuals who benefit from following a medically supervised “very low calorie diet.” The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease defines a very low calorie diet (VLCD) as eating less than 800 calories per day. Eating at such a low calorie level makes it very difficult to obtain all the essential vitamins and minerals through just food alone. This diet involves eating specialized shakes, soups and bars that can fit in more micronutrients per calorie and regular check-ins with a doctor who specializes in weight loss. It’s not a good idea to jump into a VLCD without checking with a health professional to determine if you are a good fit. Even so, a VLCD is meant to last 12 weeks at most—enough time for someone who has a lot to lose to jump start their weight loss.

3 Reasons Why Undereating Is a Bad Idea (and Won’t Actually Help You Lose Weight)
For most of us, consistently eating less than the calorie minimum is a bad idea because it leads to a:

  1. Slower metabolism and lousy side effects. With too few calories on board to power you through your daily activities, your body learns to live on less by significantly slowing your metabolism. Short term, you may feel sluggish, irritable and apathetic. Once you stop undereating, it takes awhile before your body to recover and your metabolism to rev back up.
  2. Loss of valuable muscles and organs. Just because you’ve adapted to using ketone bodies doesn’t mean your body won’t need glucose at all. A minimum blood glucose level must be maintained to keep you alive so your body continues to break down muscles and organs. It’s a major problem in the long run, because your body doesn’t distinguish between essential tissues (think: heart, kidney, blood cells) and less essential tissues (think: skeletal muscle). Over time, this breakdown weakens and damages your vital organs.
  3. Higher risk for nutrient deficiencies. Eating very few calories will also decrease the variety of foods you can eat, increasing your risk for nutrient deficiency. The type of nutrient deficiency that can occur depends on the food(s) that are being restricted. While not everyone who chronically undereats can automatically be diagnosed with an eating disorder, anorexia gives insight on the types of nutrient deficiencies that are likely to occur from prolonged starvation. This includes but isn’t limited to deficiencies in calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin D and the B vitamins, in addition to dangerous electrolyte imbalances and protein malnutrition.

Every body is different, so it’s important to experiment and see what works best for you. Just know that undereating is not a good long-term solution for living a healthy life or achieving or maintaining weight loss.


Trinh Le
Trinh Le, MPH, RD

Trinh Le is a registered dietitian for MyFitnessPal. She holds her master’s in public health, nutrition from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Trinh is a proponent of balancing food and exercise for a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys hiking, strength training, yoga, running and fidgeting.

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3 BR Single Family Home in West Orange

Rob's World

Contact info:
Robert George | RTG Property Solutions LLC | 609-474-0360

3 BR Single Family Home in West Orange

21 Central Pl, West Orange, NJ 07052

$168,000

KEY FEATURES
Year Built: 1910
Sq Footage: 1026 sqft.
Bedrooms: 3 Beds
Bathrooms: 1 Bath
Floors: 2
Parking: 1 Off street
Lot Size: 2613 Square Feet
Property Type: Single Family House

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3 BR Single Family Home in West Orange. HUD Home being sold As Is buyer is responsible for all inspections and certifications.

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RTG Property Solutions LLC
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