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How To Select The Best T-Shirt For Yourself

How To Select The Best T-Shirt For Yourself

T-shirts are considered our everyday dress, both casual and trendy. However, most people are not aware of the fact that their history goes back about a hundred years.

As the name implies, these shirts were named for their “T” shape. Though we have given them a more casual nature these days, they were previously used as undershirts to absorb sweat, doors, and dust, preventing the outer clothes from being affected by perspiration.

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As the world entered the industrial revolution, more and more men started engaging in activities that generated sweat and grime on the body, such as underground mining and construction. The traditional rough-and-tough undershirts were made into a softer cotton material so that the workers felt comfortable while wearing it under their clothing. Over time, the material got softer and the quality got higher — i.e. from undershirts to day-to-day shirts.

How to choose the best t-shirt depends on the type you want and the body figure you have. Let’s have a look at some of the specifications of t-shirts around the globe.

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The Types of T-Shirts:

The two popular necklines for t-shirts are the crew and the v-neck. Both of these have their own advantages and shortcomings that can help you in deciding which one your body is suited to.

The crew collar is common and the look is ageless. Men with good physiques look amazing in this collar because the broader look it gives shows off those broad shoulders and body tone. Men with slender necks tend to choose this type as it covers up their neck and adds balance to their face.

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On the other hand, v-necks are considered a tad more informal, representing both casualness and a sleek sense of style. Since the necks go deep, men that want to show off their chests may want to try this neckline. Also, men that have broader faces or are shorter look better in v-necks because both these features are balanced by the shirt’s shape as it elongates the body.

The Colors of T-Shirts:

  • If you’re fair-skinned, white will look amazing on you and can easily be complimented with any colored pants. However, if you’re darker, the white of the shirt may not compliment your skin tone.
  • Gray has a tendency of not only giving off a casual look, but also adding a bit of a smoother touch. However, if you’re a sweaty person, keep in mind that sweat stains are more obvious on gray and this might lead to embarrassment.
  • A black t-shirt is sleek and is one color that almost anyone can pull off easily. Whether you like the gothic look or you want a touch of elegance in your closet, black can give you both of these effects. Pair it with jeans to execute a classy look.
  • Navy blue is another color that most men include in their wardrobe. This masculine color looks great for a night out because its casual yet manly look can make you the highlight of the show.
  • Apart from these common colors, you can try reds or greens or lighter shades, but all that depends on your skin tone. Darker skin tones can’t pull off light blue as well, and fairer tones can look weird in bright yellow. Your best shot is to try them on in the changing room and get an outsider’s opinion.

General Rules to Follow:

T-shirts should not be too tight because that will look a little too edgy and can make your breathing difficult. On the other hand, don’t wear them too loose or you risk a very informal style. The length should compliment your body by not being too short or too far below your hips. Sleeves should cover about half your upper arm.

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Remember that what you wear is less important than how you wear it. Your general attitude, the way you carry yourself, and your personality all add a lot to your overall appearance.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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