I very recently started exercising. I'm not extremely out of shape 95-100kg but still when on the treadmill my manboobs and my belly bounce up and down and are generally in the way.

I do realize they'll go away with time and consistency but in the mean time what can I do? My best guess would be to use some sort of stretchy fabric to hold them down.

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    Maybe some sort of compression top to stop them bouncing around as much?
    – son15
    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:36
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    There are other cardio exercises you can do as well, maybe try cycling or swimming?
    – John
    Jan 17, 2017 at 15:09

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As with son15's comment, a slightly tighter top might help. When I started running, my wife got me a "workout shirt" from Aldi's in my size. I later bought one a size smaller. In this weather, it's underneath a layer or two, but it holds everything in place. It's a little uncomfortable, making me have to work a bit harder to properly expand my rib cage when breathing, but it reduced the jiggling. If you run into issues with chafing, a bit of talcum powder or corn starch dusted on the inside can help by absorbing moisture and decreasing friction.


A compression garment would help to reduce movement, although it will not stop it entirely, even if it is very tight-fitting. Sizing should be chosen to be as tight as possible without restricting circulation. You can wear these under a looser shirt if you are self-conscious about your body shape. As you lose weight, you should ideally adapt your sizing to match.

Something to consider is that the collagen and other connective tissues that are responsible for the elasticity of the skin exhibits a decline in function as one ages. In other words, as you grow older, you have less of it, and you what you have doesn't perform as well as it used to, which is why the skin of the elderly tends to sag and lack firmness. As you lose weight, depending on your age and extent of obesity, some of the skin's elasticity enables it to recover its former shape, but don't be surprised if, even after achieving your weight goal, your skin shows a considerable amount of sag or residual stretchiness. If you undertake vigorous activity without adequate support, you can cause additional stretching to occur, although the science on this is not entirely clear: I recall one study that suggested that women who wear supportive bras have less well-developed collagen in their breast tissue than those who have never worn a bra, suggesting that bras are a bit like a crutch, creating dependence over years of use. It is possible that short-term stress to collagen in a healthy, young adult population, can stimulate repair and additional production, improving skin elasticity through a remodeling process. But I'm not a dermatologist; for your comfort, I would advise using suitably sized compression garments throughout your fitness program regardless of weight or age.

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