Hit the road and look cool in the right gear
'I've started running but my clothes literally hold me back! My bra straps slip while my tracksuit bottoms weigh me down and my sweater isn't warm enough at the start then leaves me boiling! What gear will make working out more comfortable?'
Save the cotton tracksuits for chilling out post-workout! Cotton absorbs sweat but doesn't wick it away from your skin, leaving you feeling damp and sweaty. Baggy cut work-out gear causes air-drag and slows you down.
What you need is running gear in a hi-tech wick-away fabric such as Climacool that removes moisture as you run, keeping you cool and dry. Select sleek fitted running pants. Look out for mesh air vents at the back of knee joints to stop you over- heating, and reflective panels on the legs so you can be seen.
Zipper pouches in the back of pants or tops to stow your keys are also handy. I'm a fan of Nike's FIT DRY running range, available from Champion Sports, which incorporate these design details.
Adidas do a good range including a Climawarm running jacket essential for keeping warm without over-heating during colder months. The right runners are essential to prevent injuries. Adidas Supernova Glide running shoe has just been launched and offers overall cushion and comfort.
But I would strongly advise you to talk to someone in a sports shop about the right runner for you. How your foot hits the pavement will determine the right shoe for you. It's worth buying climacool socks too, which will keep feet dry.
A sports bra is important as under-wire bras can cut you while standards bra straps slip, causing distraction, discomfort and a lack of support. Shock Absorber has designed bras for specific sports, The running bra is seam free, has wide, non-slip straps and offers maximum support. Finally, an over-sized hoody is key to keep you cosy while stretching-out post run!