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It’s time to turn in that ratty t-shirt and cut-off pair of
sweatpants and get some gear that will truly help your
workout. Sure, those old favorites seem comfortable when you
slip them on, but they can have some unpleasant side effects
when used for intense physical activity. The truth is that not all
workout wear is created equal. Try these picks on for size next
time a good sweat is on the agenda.
If you’re a regular runner, you know that choosing the
wrong shorts or running pants can cost you some serious
chafing and discomfort. These Fabric Mix Shorts from
Nike’s Gyakusou Line are made from a breathable material
designed to draw moisture away from your skin far better
than traditional cotton or polyester. Dryness means less
potential for discomfort. They’re also designed with seams
on the outside, rather than up against your skin. While
interior seams are great for jeans, they cause unnecessary
friction when you’re running. Add to that a paneled cut
created to accommodate the motion of running, and you’re
light years ahead of typical trunks; $150, Nike.com.
Unless the game you’re playing involves pushing buttons,
your feet are likely to be a key part of your movement.
Especially in sports that involve running, choosing the right
socks can make an immense difference in your comfort
level. These Maximum Protection Running Mini Crew
Socks from Drymax use the brand’s patented Blister Guard
System to help prevent damage to your skin, and boast
a light additional padding along the sole to help reduce
impact without altering the fit of your shoes. They’re also
made from high-tech fabrics that pull moisture out and
away — and when it comes to your feet, moisture is most
definitely not your friend; $22.50, DrymaxSocks.com.
Far too many Americans, particularly
young adults, don’t understand how
serious skin cancer really is. In fact, each
year there are more new cases of skin
cancer than the combined incidence of
breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.
One in five Americans will develop skin
cancer in the course of a lifetime, with
melanoma the most common form of
cancer for young adults age 25-29, and
the second-most common for young
people age 15-29. The good news is that
with precautionary measures and early
detection, the majority of skin cancers
are preventable. Melanoma has a genetic
basis, so it’s imperative that families get
checked on a regular basis. Melanomas
have different appearances, but generally
look like moles that have asymmetry, or
irregular borders. They can also look like
moles with different colors in them, or
that are larger than 6mm, which is the size
of the back of a pencil eraser. The most
important thing is to be aware of how your
moles look and if any of them change, you
need to see your dermatologist. If you have
many moles, you can have pictures or a
map of your moles created for you by your
dermatologist so that you can both keep
track of any unusual changes.
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This SS Pace Crewe is made from a fabric with amazing
qualities: quick drying, temperature regulating and
naturally odor-reducing. What is this miracle material?
Merino wool, actually. But don’t start imaging working out
in that itchy sweater your grandmother knitted for you.
Icebreaker’s merino is gorgeously soft, lightweight and
comfortable. Just as it does for the New Zealand mountain
sheep it came from, this material naturally helps keep you
cool during warmer temperatures, and warm when it gets
colder; $75, Icebreaker.com.
26 Dr. Susana
Board-Certified › Dermatologist Khouri at the is a Dermatology &
Plastic Surgery Center at 580 Crandon
Blvd. in Key Biscayne. For more
information, call 305.361.8200 or visit