Don’t look now, but summer is just around the corner. With nicer weather now a regular presence on the five-day forecast, there’s no better time to get out and find the right activewear for running.
That said, it’s not enough to raid the back of your dresser for whatever fits. Choose the wrong shirt, and you’ll carry an extra pound or two of sweat around during (and after) your workout. Meanwhile, the wrong pair of shorts or underwear can cause uncomfortable chafing for hours or days after a moderately intense workout.
Fortunately, there’s a better way. Here’s a look at what goes into essential workout gear, what to consider when choosing activewear, and how Jack Adams can help.
Wear a Comfortable Top
It sounds simple enough—who among us doesn’t immediately reach for a comfortable shirt before hitting the gym or going for a run?—but there’s a lot to think about when considering a workout shirt.
First, leave cotton at home. It may be comfortable, but cotton soaks up moisture, which weighs you down, causes unsightly stains, and can negatively impact your body temperature. Rather, look for a moisture-wicking material that pulls sweat to the shirt’s exterior; there, the sweat evaporates quicker and easier. (This, in turn, keeps you cooler throughout your workout.)
Second, find a shirt you’re truly comfortable wearing. Some prefer tighter tops, while others enjoy looser-fitting clothing. The better you feel, the more likely you are to work out regularly.
Jack Adams offers numerous tanks that keep you cool as your workout heats up. Our Air Classic Tank Top, for instance, is made from a moisture-wicking material and is body mapped for improved airflow in high-sweat areas.
Get a Cozy Pair of Shorts
There’s a lot to think about when choosing the right pair of running shorts.
First, what kind of cut are you looking for? Would you rather a pair that falls to your knees, or are you more comfortable in something shorter? Do you want shorts that move with your body, or would you rather wear something looser?
Whatever you choose, make sure it’s a breathable material. Doing so keeps airflow moving throughout your workout, which lessens sweat buildup and reduces the risk of chafing.
We’d like to think our Relay Air Mesh Gym Shorts can get the job done. Sporting a a sports-grade polyester fabric, the shorts dry quickly after intense workouts and keep you comfortable, whether on the track or in the gym.
Find the Right Pair of Active Underwear
With so many activewear choices to consider, it’s easy to forget about comfortable underwear.
We hate to sound like a broken record, but it’s worth repeating: Stay away from cotton. If a tight-fitting pair of underwear soaks up your sweat, it can lead to chafing, raise your already-warm temperature, and lead to infection. (Bacteria thrives in warm, dark, wet environments.)
Try not to wear something too tight, either. An uncomfortably tight pair can cut off circulation and trap more moisture, compounding your discomfort and risk of infection.
Whenever possible, try to find a comfortable-fitting material that wicks away moisture. If it’s a breathable fabric, you’ll enjoy the steady airflow and cooler temperatures where it counts.
We may be biased, but we’re partial to the Trainer Trunk by Jack Adams. Made from a soft cotton blend, the Trainer Trunk offers the support of a jock with the comfort and coverage of an everyday pair of underwear. The specially-designed front pouch offers full support, and the body-hugging cut keeps it from riding up the thigh while on the go.
In fact, Men’s Health named our Trainer Trunks one of its 10 Athletic Spring Underwear Picks in 2013, and Faveable ranked our Trainer Trunks one of the 10 best pairs of athletic underwear for runners in 2017.