Fitness Apparel

Fitness Apparel

Fitness Apparel
Fitness apparel can be an important aspect of reaching your fitness goals. Apparel such as exercise shoes and sports bras come in many types and sizes, so it is important to do research on what is best for the type of exercise you enjoy. In addition, wearing the right clothing and shoes can prevent possible injuries, chafing and discomfort.

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    Do I Have to Have My Orthotics Custom Made, or Can I Use Over-the-Counter?
    Over-the-counter orthotics are a good first step before custom orthotics, says Holman Chan, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that some over-the-counter orthotics might do the job just as well, for much lower cost.
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    Orthotics is the science of developing equipment that supports and stabilizes a part of the body that is weak or malformed. An orthosis is a mechanical device that is applied to or around a part of the body in order to optimize function and/or help restore and/or maintain optimal body biomechanics. For example, they can increase stability in an unstable joint and prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems. One example of a foot orthosis is an arch support.
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    Orthotics are made from a mold of your foot.  They are not made to fit your shoe. They are made to be taken out of one shoe and put into another shoe.  You can however ask the podiatrist to custom fit your orthotics into a specific shoe. If you should choose to where that specific shoe often
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    The need for orthotics for walking or in general will be decided on a case by case basis. Some things you need to ask yourself are: do you experience any pain when walking? Do you have any hip, back or knee pain? If you answer yes to either of these, then orthotics may be necessary.

    Prior to prescribing anything, seeing a specialist to analyze your feet would be ideal. Seeing a doctor such an orthopedic would be a great place to start.
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    If orthotics is a necessity to for you to be able to walk pain-free and as long as the drugstore has the appropriate style and fitting for your feet then yes, you should be able to purchase these. However, be sure orthotics is required prior to purchasing. If you have pain of any sort from walking, do not assume assistance is needed. Get advice from a professional and then decide what is needed following.

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    Orthotics are created from top-notch materials that will be effective, long-lasting, and require little maintenance for its users. For the orthotics to have optimal effects, they need to be properly used. At first, they should be worn only in one pair of shoes. Additionally, on day one, they should be worn only for two hours. Each day, an hour should be added. The orthotics may not be comfortable at first as they take about two weeks to adequately mold to your foot. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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    Orthotics is similar to the insoles of your shoes. They give addition support to your body when using the shoe. Orthotics may be the full length of your shoe or be the length up to the ball of your foot, mainly supporting the arch and heel. As you walk, your support will be redistributed with additional support.

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    Orthotics are shoe inserts that correct an abnormal walking pattern. An analogy is as glasses correct the way we see, orthotics correct the way we walk. Overall, orthotics place your foot in a corrected position making standing, walking, and running more comfortable. Podiatrists will prescribe orthotics for patients with high arches, flat feet, bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis/bone spurs etc. The use of orthotics is highly successful and has helped many people avoid surgery. They can come in many forms such as rigid, soft, or semi-rigid. Anyone from children all the way to the geriatric patients can wear them.
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    Dr. Oz - big belly

    The best swimsuits to camouflage a big belly are made with extra Lycra and ruched fabric around the middle to make you look slimmer. In this video, Rachel Zalis from Life & Style magazine shows Dr. Oz how she helped one audience member look and feel better with the right swimsuit for her.

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    Compression shorts deserve special consideration by overweight or obese exercisers. Many overweight individuals tend to avoid wearing compression shorts, or any kind of compression clothing. The objection usually goes something like "I'll never wear tight shorts, they make me feel like an over-stuffed sausage!"  Although it's not recommended to wear something that makes you uncomfortable during your workout, obese people may obtain extra benefits from wearing compression clothing while exercising.

    When an overweight or obese person exercises, parts of the body will tend to rub against one another-- the inner thighs may rub together, the inner arms may rub agains the chest, etc.  John Bingham, author of "Running for Mortals," calls this condition the dreaded "chub rub." Anything that rubs will chafe-- the skin will turn red, and can develop a painful rash that may also bleed. When chafing leads to a break in the skin, there's always an increased chance for infection.  Because of the friction, overweight and obese people are also more likely than others to develop skin tags-- bits of skin which stick up from the surrounding skin, sometimes with a stalk.
    Skin tags are benign (non-cancerous) growths which tend to occur where skin rubs against skin or clothing-- on the base of the neck, underarms, under the breasts (especially where a woman's sports bra rubs directly under the breasts), the groin area, and between the thighs.  Skin tags can be very painful, and can bleed when they are repeatedly irritated.  Although chafing and skin tags are not especially dangerous, you won't feel especially interested in working out when you have them.

    Enter Compression Shorts: these are tight-fitting shorts that are made from special fabrics designed to minimize resistance and wick moisture.  If you have "chub rub," compression shorts provide double protection-- they help keep the skin dry, and they offer a physical barrier which prevents skin rubbing skin.  Since compression clothing can reduce friction, it may also reduce the chances of developing skin tags.

    Despite these benefits, overweight people may still feel self-conscious about wearing compression clothing.  Jayne Williams, author of "Slow Fat Triathlete" recommends that plus-sized athletes "dare to wear spandex."  Bodies- even large ones- are meant to move, and compression clothing can be one way to help our bodies move more freely.    
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