Surprising benefits of Bamboo Clothing as fitness wear.

If you like to keep fit and healthy, you no doubt do some kind of fitness activity. It could be running, cycling, lifting weights, yoga etc. What ever it is it will probably involve you wearing clothes… Well, unless it involves being naked, ummm, the mind boggles, yeah OK, I won’t go there!

So we’ll go with you wearing clothes when you exercise, cool. Have you thought about giving Bamboo clothing a go though? Did you even know bamboo clothing existed?

Well, I can tell you that yes it does and that it’s a very good fabric to use in clothing, especially fitness clothing, in my humble opinion that is.

I find that bamboo clothing hangs better on the body than cotton clothing does ( by this I mean that it’s almost figure hugging in places ) it’s more absorbent and wicks sweat away from the body better than cotton does, and it can even help keep those nasty pongs that emanate from a sweaty body at bay much better than cotton can.

Aubergine Bamboo T-shirt from Riley and Silver

When it comes to fitness clothing, personally I go for less is more. There’s nothing more I hate when I’m exercising than being hot and sweaty and not having the right clothing on to allow me to cool down properly without having to take off layers and then getting cold too quickly when I’m taking a rest period.

I’ve been keeping fit for over 15 years now, and I’ve pretty much tried all types of fitness clothing. Well, actually now that I think about it, I haven’t tried spandex, mmmmmm…….. sorry, I was dreaming thinking about a firm gluteus maximus in tight yellow spandex…. ahem, apologies, sorry about that, where was I…

Ah yes… When it comes to fitness clothing I believe you need something that is absorbent, that wicks moisture away from your skin, and can deal with the high probability that you may get a bit smelly!

And that ladies and gentlemen is where I believe bamboo clothing comes into its own.

Black Bamboo Vest from Riley and Silver

I’ve only been wearing bamboo clothing for about a year now, but I swear that it is perfect for doing any kind of activity in.

I have a spare room with my weights and running machine in. I dislike gyms with a venom and I’m not a fan of pounding the road dodging people, animals, cars and the like, so I prefer to do my exercising at home.

I tend to only wear a bamboo t-shirt and a pair of shorts, well, when I say shorts, I actually wear a pair of bamboo sports trunks, but I won’t go into details ( I know, sorry ladies! ).

What I like most about wearing a bamboo t-shirt is that it is light enough to generally not notice I am wearing anything, but thick enough that it keeps me warm enough until I get warmed up from exercising.

Then once I am hot and sweaty, I find that the bamboo material seems to absorb my sweat and it then evaporates away.

And the same goes for the shorts. They are tight enough to provide support in the necessary area, but not too tight to cut off circulation ( egads can you imagine chaps? ) and when they get a little sweaty ( as that area tends to ) the bamboo again seems to come into its own, by wicking the moisture away from my body.

Black Bamboo Boxers from Riley and Silver

And I should also mention the smells, or lack thereof. Bamboo seems to have a natural ability to keep smells at bay, although I’m not one for wearing the same clothing for more than a couple of workouts, they just don’t pong regardless of how intense my activity has been.

I haven’t yet tried any other kind of bamboo clothing for fitness related activities, but I think at some point this year I’m going to try to find a decent area to run outdoors, and I’m going to give some bamboo leggings and a long-sleeved bamboo top a go and see how they feel, but I’ve got to say I’m pretty confident that they will do just fine.

Anyhoo, if you fancy giving bamboo clothing a try for whatever fitness activity you are doing, then come and have a look on the Riley & Silver website as we’ve got an ever-growing selection, and if you decide to buy some and try it out let me know how you get on with it!

Right, I’m off for a quick interval session on the treadmill.

Cheerio!

Mike

Posted on January 22, 2014, in Bamboo Clothing, Fitness and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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