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The Guide To Buying The Coolest Workout Gear

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Jo Admiraal, founder of new fitness clothing label Hey Jo, dispenses her smart tips on shopping for workout gear that feels as good as it looks.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of wearing Hey Jo[1] leggings (by the cult fitness brand which describes them as ‘luxe for legs’) will know that feeling and looking good in the gym can be one and the same thing.

Just ask fans Sienna Miller, Cara Delevingne and Kelly Brook, who all own a pair (although whether they all own a gym membership is another question).

READ: How to choose a fitness boot camp[2]

But for the rest of us who feel a little less than glamorous in our comfiest of keep-fit attire, what are the rules for finding fashionable fitness get-up?

READ: Workout and diet secrets of top fitness coaches[3]

We asked the founder of Hey Jo herself, Jo Admiraal, on how to best dress for fitness. So if you want to feel cool – in more ways that one – while you get fit, read on.

When it comes to workout gear, how do I shop for my shape?

“For sportswear to be flattering one must play to one’s strengths. If you have strong muscular legs it’s better to show them in their entirety: short shorts or long tights. To wear leggings cut-off at the knee or on the calf muscle can exacerbate stockiness. If you’re proud of your abs then wear a fitted vest. If you’re not wear something fitted (for support) under a loose but super stylish T-shirt. Layers look great on top over leggings and can hide a multitude of sins. If you want to show off your arms and shoulders find the right racer back vest (either loose or fitted) to suit,” says Admiraal.

What about the comfort factor?

“The most important thing to remember is to find the best bra fit or control top that works for you, so get properly fitted and measure,” explains Admiral. “Next, always invest in good supportive trainers, which you should again get professionally measured for,” she adds. Take our advice and get your gait tested. All reputable running shops, including Run and Become[4] and Asics[5] , offer the service which involves looking at how and where your foot hits the ground when you’re running or moving to match you and your body to the perfect training shoe. You then have the best starting point for comfort & posture,” advises Admiraal.

And should I pay attention to texture and technology?

“Technology is at the tip of every tongue when speaking about sportswear. We’re always learning of new fabrics and fibres but right now there is a huge movement from big sportswear manufacturers towards ‘green technologies'” Admiraal explains.

“Hey Jo strives to pay attention to fabrics which are environmentally friendly, from the fibres used to the dying processes. I personally love technical breathable/wicking fabric for the lower half (no unsightly patches please) but often choose cotton for the top. It’s a personal choice; I don’t mind seeing sweat on the top half and love the look and feel of cotton,” she adds.

Asides from the obvious, does it pay to invest in a good workout kit?

“During the Olympics, athletes fully acknowledged the fact that looking good enhanced performance, it’s a well documented fact,” says Admiraal.

“I box in a gym alongside some very stylishly dressed men and women. It raises the bar and adds to the ambience of a gym when members care about their appearance – if you like what you see when you check yourself out in your workout gear, it will always show in your performance – fact!

“Colour too is integral to your kit, which is why for Hey Jo we chose lots of bright colours to boost the mindset and muscle. Feedback from our clients is that when presented with a full range of flattering colours they choose colours they ‘love’ over black anyway,” she adds.

“And remember, however good your weight loss motivations are, don’t buy or wear kit which is too small for you – it just doesn’t flatter,” she warns.

References

  1. ^ Hey Jo (hey-jo.co)
  2. ^ READ: How to choose a fitness boot camp (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ READ: Workout and diet secrets of top fitness coaches (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
  4. ^ Run and Become (www.runandbecome.com)
  5. ^ Asics (www.asics.co.uk)

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    • Gem
    • July 30, 2013
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    Does Anyone Know Any Fitness Tips That Work? Short fitness tips that really work would be very helpful, thanks.

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      • HealthNut
      • July 30, 2013
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      To stay fit or become?

      Becoming fit requires motivation and determination. Eating healthy and regular exercise.
      Try avoiding fast food places at all times; don’t skip breakfast (most essential meal of the day).
      Hope this link will help you:
      http://www.besthealthmag.ca/get-healthy/fitness/9-surprising-fitness-tips

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  1. Reply

    What Are Some Good Fitness Tips? I have been trying to lose weight for a couple months now and has been stuck at one weight. Do anyone have any fitness tips and also eating tips for me?

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      • HealthNut
      • July 30, 2013
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      80% of weight loss is diet.
      You can eat a healthy diet and lose weight.
      You can eat a healthy diet and exercise and lose more weight.
      You can exercise and eat a poor diet and not lose and even gain weight.
      A good healthy diet high in fiber, lean meats, eggs, complex carbohydrates, whole grains, antioxidant foods, healthy beverages and low in added sugar and salt help people lose weight, lower cholesterol, increase energy, improve brain function, lower blood pressure, reduce cancer risk and have a more positive lifestyle!
      You need to eat a lot more food and a lot more fiber!
      Diets that exclude foods from any food group are fad diets and do not lead to permanent weight loss or solve any other health issues.
      First, try to kick your fiber intake to 40 grams of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
      Whatever you do, get your fiber from your food, not from a jar.
      Fruits and vegetables have good fiber in them. A high fiber diet increases the metabolism.
      Try a breakfast cereal with at least 20% of recommended daily allowance of fiber in it. They are usually low in sugar so there is a double benefit. Blueberries or raspberries on top add more fiber and antioxidants. But fresh or frozen, not the kind in syrup. Oatmeal with berries or a bit of fresh honey is also good.
      Raw nuts are a great source of fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Avocados are the best.
      Lots of beans, peas, and grains are high fiber. Whole grain breads. Fiber kicks up the metabolism so you actually burn more calories. These foods will give you more gas in the beginning but if eaten daily, the bacteria in the digestive tract will elevate lowering the gas output.
      This will get you on the path for a healthy daily bowel movement. This helps clean the system and aids healthy digestion.
      I know it goes against everything you’ve heard but eating lots of the right foods will actually help you lose weight!
      Next, take an age appropriate basic daily multivitamin. Don’t look at your multivitamin as nutrition but more as an insurance policy. Think of it as filling in the gaps in your daily diet as opposed to a primary source of nutrients.
      You have to drink lots of water to be healthy. But you can disguise it. Fill your glass all the way full with ice before pouring low sugar beverages. Try iced green tea with a splash of orange juice in it for sweet. More antioxidants. Add lemon juice to water for flavor. Slice up a cucumber and float it in pitcher of water. Gives it salty fresh taste. But you must drink up to 100 oz of water daily to help your body get rid of waste and the natural toxins.
      Last, you need to get 7-9 hours of quality sleep depending on your age. All recent sleep studies report a connection between poor sleep patterns and weight gain. This includes going to bed as close to the same time every night including weekends. Most of us stay up late Friday and Saturday night and it throws us off.
      You must combine a healthy diet with exercise to multiply the benefit. Whether an hour a day in the weight room or just a 30 minute brisk walk every day, the added benefit of a regular exercise program really do increase and accelerate healthy weight loss.

      I lost 30 pounds in 5 months by spending my money at the grocery and gym and have kept it off for over two years. Less than 3% of people that attempt weight loss lose it and keep it off for two years. It is not easy. It is a lifestyle change.
      Good luck and good health.

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    Any Fitness Tips For People With Asthma? Just need some fitness tips to help with my asthma. I want to be able to run for a longer period and have an overall better fitness level. I start losing my breath after about 1 minute of running. Any ideas and tips would be very much appreciated : )

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      • HealthNut
      • July 30, 2013
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      First, you have to choose a certain kind of exercise that they really can handle well. Some exercise that might be great choice for asthma sufferers are walking, swimming, riding a bike, as well as hiking. These kinds of exercise needs less physical move than tennis, hockey, gymnastics, long distance running, and many other else. You could also consult their doctors to choose the most appropriate type of exercise for you.

      Second, you can take advantage of your inhaler. You can use your inhaler about 15 minutes before you start to exercise. Besides, makes sure that your inhaler is always close enough to you. You will never know when the attack might hit you. Therefore, providing inhaler as first aid near you is very important.

      Third, breathing through your nose during the exercise is also important. Mouth breathing tends to trigger asthma attack since it causes you to inhale cold air right into the bronchial tube. In contrary, the air that you heal will be filtered well when you are breathing through your nose. Besides, nose breathing also allows the air to be warmer before reaching the lungs.

      The fourth thing you need to do is looking for a certain area that free from pollutions and allergens. However you should also avoid area with too many trees or grass. Then, you should also be aware of the symptoms of asthma that occur during the exercise. If you feel very tired and your chest begins to be tightening, you should be notice that those are the initial symptoms of asthma. Usually, those symptoms will be followed by wheezing. Stop doing any physical activity when these symptoms occur.

      By following those tips, asthma sufferers could still have exercise with less risk of asthma attack. Do not let asthma attack prevent you to have regular exercise activity.

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    What Are Your Best Tips To Live A Healthy Life? Health tips in any area would be great. Especially what foods to eat, fitness tips, avoiding colds or being sick, and being happier.

    Sorry it’s so broad, but I just wanted some really good tips or secrets, or anything. Thanks!

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      • HealthNut
      • July 30, 2013
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      One has to be happy, not worry about everything little thing that goes wrong, think of others who have life a lot worse or the ones who are gone who whould like to swich with you, but most importantly, you must cleanse your body of toxins and take suppliments.

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    What Are The Best Fitness Tips ? I want to know What are the best fitness tips ?

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      • HealthNut
      • July 30, 2013
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      Fitness Tip 1 :
      Change does not have to be Hard :
      The majority of the fitness tips that you come across nowadays would request you to go for extended exercises in gym and eat only salads in addition to get registered with various elevated priced health clubs. By fitness tips, the majority of us believe that we have to totally change our life-style and thus the majority of us never bother to think about various helpful fitness tips. The terror of abandoning your dietetic habits is one of the obstacles between people and fitness tips.

      Fitness Tip 2 :
      Try to discover the golden signify between over training and concrete, tangible exercises gains and advantages . Calculate carefully the depth, period and frequency of your exercises. You require visible and quick results but a burnout might prove disastrous .

      Fitness Tip 3 :
      No exercises program and no diet will bring long term consequences if you do not make a serious responsibility. Nourish your self motivation and person discipline. Look into the mirror , if your eyes slash and spark at that time you be able to go on. Put Specific Objectives Setting specific goals means that you have to forget going to the fitness center without even knowing the cause you go. For example, set the practical objective of gaining 5 pounds of muscle mass throughout the next couple of months or to improve your bench weight 10 percent. Your exercises, your diet, your supplementation even your brain must be focused on this objective.

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    How Can I Increase My Metabolic Rate? Which exercise/fitness tips can you give me to increase my metabolic rate? Also if you can explain the science behind it, I would appreciate it.

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      • HealthNut
      • July 30, 2013
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      -Eat breakfast. You metabolism is slow in the morning becasue you have been fasting all night. Eating breakfast revs it up.
      -Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day. Same principal, when you go to long without eating your metabolism slows. Eat something at least every 3 hours.
      -Build muscle through resistance training. The more muscle you have the higher your metabolic rate because muscle is active tissue and burns calories even at rest.
      -Drink lots and lots of water. Being sufficiently hydrated makes you body carry out its metabolic processes more effiecintly.

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