We’ve booked a slot on the Run ABC website for North, Midlands and South (couldn’t get Scotland) for early March and all of April including a editorial for our ChestShield compression vest.
Why use a ChestShield rather than nipple covers / tape or anti-chafing gel? If either of these two solutions work for you, that’s great. However, in our experience, gel only lasts for 35 – 50 minutes when exercising and can seep through your clothing leaving ugly marks. With nipple tape, you have to apply every time but, more importantly, remove every time, meaning hair removal you might not have wanted!
The tried and tested ChestShield can be used, washed and used, again and again. It becomes a comfortable, essential part of your exercise kit that you don’t have to think about. The recent weather we’ve had has been the perfect opportunity to confirm yet again that ChestShield works a treat in preventing nipple chafing.
No pain, just gain!
With storm Ciara on the horizon, it’s now the perfect time to do something about that chafing. It doesn’t matter if you’re on your weekly long run or low down and dirty on the rugby field, that awful stinging can destroy your zen. The shower afterwards is then far from pleasant. You don’t want the blistering to last for a couple of days – prevention is better cure!
ChestShield was proud to advertise in the X Border goodie bags. This event is an annual 10k fun run for beginners and experienced runners alike, across the border from Scotland to England.
The X Border 10k from Gretna in Scotland to Carlisle in England is an excellent way to get fit in the New Year, for anyone who is new to running or who has loved running for a while!
If you missed this year’s event, or took part and want another crack at it, just sign up for next years at http://www.x-border10k.co.uk .
Today on the Chris Evans breakfast show on Virgin Radio, the use of a garment to cover ‘moobs’ or ‘man-boobs’ was mentioned. At ChestShield we have always believed that this is no laughing matter! Searching online, it appears that 80% of all male joggers suffer from jogger’s nipple, a painful and debilitating condition (YouTube ‘What is Jogger’s Nipple and how to prevent it’).
Who’d have believed that nowadays men would be wearing leggings? They are also called running tights, of course, but you choose what you want to call your garment. If you want to call your ChestShield a man-bra that’s fine but why suffer when you can prevent this condition and continue to enjoy your sport pain-free?
Mental health is an important topic in today’s society and men suffer from more mental health problems than we think. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 75% of all suicides recorded in 2017 were male (The Telegraph, 2017). Some reasons for this shocking statistic could be due societal expectations. Gender roles within the family and workplace may also contribute. It comes down to the history of men and women and what was traditionally expected of both genders. Historically, a man was expected to be the breadwinner in the family but the reality in households these days is often shared responsibility. It was also assumed that men should behave and feel in a certain way at all times. For example, it was seen as a weakness for a man to cry or be anything but strong and dependable.
An article published by Exercise Right explored the connection between men’s mental health and exercise, and why it is so important (Exercise Right, 2019). Firstly let’s look at the science behind exercising. When we exercise, our body releases endorphins, which in turn, leads to a lower perception of pain as these chemicals interact with the preceptors in your brain. Secondly, there is a major social aspect of exercise and sport that also contributes to a healthy and happy mind. Whether you enjoy playing a team sport, such as rugby, or if you find joy in running with friends it is a great way to build social connections and get off the sofa! Getting the ball rolling is the hardest part of the journey. This is why you should plan beforehand and commit to the challenge to get the most out of exercise.
The ChestShield is a brilliant garment to help overcome one of the problems men may have when exercising: nipple chafing. This can be a topic men find difficult to discuss, creating a vicious circle! The ChestShield has been created specifically for men, as, at time of writing, there is no other product like this, readily available on the market.
It’s made from a light, moisture-wicking fabric and designed to be unseen under sports tops or running vests. The garment has been used under a running vest in 10k races without being noticed. However, footballers have been seen recently wearing a similar-looking garment on top of their sports shirts. Wear your ChestShield any way you like! The main aim is to get you comfortable being active.
To launch our website we are offering a 10% discount on all single ChestShield purchases. The promo code you need is: CHESTSHIELD10
What causes nipple chafing?
It’s no secret that nipple rub, vest rub, runners nipple or whatever you want to call it, is a real problem for many men. Put simply to answer the question of what causes nipple chafing is friction from the cloth of a loose shirt or a poorly fitting t-shirts, sport vests and sport tops causes discomfort, often causing chafing, cracks, and even bleeding. In addition, inclement weather will add to the misery. “What’s the solution?” you ask.
There are several nipple chafing products on the market. They range from water-based lubricants, sprays and balms to micropore surgical tape , all with different success rates.
At ChestShield we’ve come up with a different solution to the dreaded nipple rub: a compression crop-top for men. Furthermore, the ChestShield has been rigorously tested over a prolonged period of time and is lightweight, soft and flexible. In addition, it is made from a moisture wicking, technical fabric that allows your skin to stay protected. The ChestShield helps prevent irritation from sweat, wind and rain.
As well as helping prevent the dreaded nipple rub, it acts as a compression garment, giving men chest compression in the same way any compression sock, calf sleeve, arm sleeve or short does. Another benefit to the ChestShield is that it reduces the likelihood of over-heating.
Of course, you don’t have to be a runner to benefit from wearing the ChestShield. No matter what your sport, whether it’s football, rugby, basketball, squash or running, to mention a few, the ChestShield is the ultimate sports garment to avoid nipple rub.
Finally, the ChestShield has also been rigorously tested in the washing machine at 40 degrees Celsius.