[REVIEW] 4 Fitness Challenges With Thousand Miles’ Shorts & Pants
[This is a sponsored article with Thousand Miles.]
As someone who’s been a couch potato for most of their XL life, the first step to getting out and exercising has always been a pain. I tried to make it a habit, but the bad weather in Malaysia and my general laziness made it difficult.
Thousand Miles, a performance clothing brand that emphasizes function, comfort and style, approached us to review their shorts and pants, so my colleagues challenged me to rise to- above being a couch potato and really test the pants as they should be used.
I was sent the All Day Shorts (Omniflex) in Midnight Blue, the All Day Shorts (Elite) in Ash Gray and the All Day Chino Pants in Slate Gray.
Right out of the box, the shorts and pants looked like regular chinos, but with a soft and stretchy fabric. Unlike the shorts that I usually wear and claim to be for exercise, they definitely look more presentable and would be suitable for different occasions.
Interestingly, the shorts are compressible in its own back pocket. As in, you can fold it neatly, invert it in the back pocket and zip it up.
While packing the shorts takes longer than just throwing them in my bag, I can see its benefit for travelers and office workers who want to pack a change of clothes after work.
First challenge: jogging / brisk walking
Although I lead a sedentary life, I jog once in a blue moon. So I put on the All Day (Elite) shorts in ash gray, put on a faithful podcast and jogged in my apartment.
Surprisingly, even on a sunny day, the pants were breathable and I found that they weren’t complete sweat magnets, even after 20 minutes of brisk walking with a few laps of jogging.
However, I can’t say if the shorts will stay sweat-free after intense workouts like an hour-long futsal match or a hike as I’m not even at that level of fitness yet.
Second challenge: One Punch Man (OPM) challenge
In OPM, the main character, Saitama said that his daily routine of a 10k run, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups and 100 squats contributed to his superhuman powers.
Not wanting to be super buff and a life punch, I decided to go for a tweaked version of the challenge recommended by Sean Seah, a Singaporean who tried it in 2019 with impressive results.
Sean also divided the challenge into different difficulty levels. Level 1 starts with a 1k run, 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, and 10 squats, and this increases to level 10, which was Saitama’s daily routine.
While the first level seemed pretty straightforward, the 10 pushups cut me off. The shorts served me well up to level 1, although I don’t see myself going to level 10 anytime soon.
Third challenge: Nintendo Ring Fit
I bought the Ring Fit at the start of the second MCO, thinking that an “exercise game” would make me work out more. But six months later, Ring Fit is just collecting dust in my office.
So I strapped one of the Switch controllers onto my left thigh, grabbed the Ring Fit controller, and started from beginner level. I even turned the game on in “silent mode” which uses squats to move the character around in the game.
I completed the first level in 9 minutes, burning 54 calories along the way. For comparison, a McChicken is about 418 calories and I consumed this burger the same day in under a minute.
At the end of the exercise, my heart rate hit 140 bpm, which is a normal heart rate for a 30-year-old, but I certainly didn’t feel normal. The shorts remained sweat free throughout and the extensibility helped keep my movements flexible while squatting.
Fourth challenge: Fitness Marshall Workout
As someone who doesn’t have a single groovy bone, this challenge struck me as difficult. Fortunately, The Fitness Marshall’s routines are separated into different difficulty levels, and I opted for the easy routines.
The Fitness Marshall wore long pants in the video, so I put on the All Day Chino pants and danced with his routine. Luckily my family weren’t there to watch me dance ugly to this easy song that still made me sweat.
The pants are also quite comfortable to wear, as are their shorts. Their pants may also be suitable for most social gatherings as they look like normal chinos, but I wish their cuffs were a bit tighter. Thousand Miles also claims that the pants are water resistant. So we did a little water test on the pants.
Surprisingly, most of the water didn’t get through the pants, and when they did, they dried out pretty quickly.
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The four challenges I took on were making my legs hurt (and as of writing this, they still hurt) but as they say: no pain, no gain.
Overall I’m quite impressed with the pants and shorts from Thousand Miles. They might not look like they’re meant for exercise, as they aren’t made from the fine polyester / spandex blend typical of most athletic shorts. But it turns out they’re breathable, comfortable, and stretchy for any challenge move.
And if you’re someone who leads a fast-paced lifestyle, they should tick a lot of your boxes for shorts and pants suitable for various activities or just for everyday use. Thousand Miles will be launching a women’s collection soon in the very near future, so keep an eye out for their social media.
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