Once you have your treadmill installed, you will probably be thinking about what clothing to buy. One of the great things about using a treadmill regularly is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on special sports memorabilia clothing. Here are the things that you should be aware of.
The major area where you should not take any shortcuts is in your running shoes. Your feet are a very complicated piece of biomechanical machinery comprising of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones. Wearing the correct footwear can prevent problems such as shin splints, knee pain and stress of the ankle.
It is recommended that you go to a specialist running shoe shop to obtain your footwear. They will be able to advise you on what is best for your particular feet. You should pay attention to the cushioning that the shoes offer. This is particularly important for heavier runners and those who intend to run a large amount of miles on the treadmill. This cushioning will help reduce the shock that is transmitted through the foot to the lower leg, knees and hips.
Women should also consider using a special sports bra if they are intending to run on a treadmill. Exercise can cause the supportive ligaments to be damaged and stretched if the breasts are not properly supported. This is permanent damage that cannot be reversed. The best method of prevention is to wear a sports bra that gives full support. There are specialist retailers who can supply a wide variety of appropriate designs. They are even designs that will allow you to easily place a heart rate monitor around your chest.
If you are exercising at home, the clothes that you wear should be comfortable. Most people prefer to wear a T-shirt and shorts. Some people find that cotton is comfortable but when it gets wet with sweat, it gets heavy and can irritate the skin. There are specialist synthetic materials that are light and can help keep you dry by having a technology called ‘wicking’. This might be something you’d like to consider if you exercise a lot.
Getting the correct sports clothing to wear on your treadmill is a matter of comfort and also a means of preventing injury. By buying quality items, you will be getting products that will last a long time.