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Why I "dress up" for the gym.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Some people believe that wearing baggy sweats to the gym is perfectly ok. We are there for our health--not for a fashion show, right? And honestly, many of us are embarrassed by our less-than-perfect bodies, and want to cover up. In fact, what are all of those stupid mirrors accomplishing, other than to make us self-conscious!

However, those form-fitting clothes and mirrors exist for a reason--several reasons, in fact. Tighter clothes allow you to pay attention to your form, which not only can prevent injury, but most definitely can make your work out more effective. Trainers have trouble seeing your form if you are wearing sloppy gym clothes. Loose clothing can catch on equipment and get you hurt, too.

I think there is one more truly important reason to wear clean, structured clothes to the gym: our precious self esteem. Let's face it--none of us--at ANY size, actually look better (or thinner) in voluminous t-shirts, or our husband's baggy sweat pants. A pair of black, spandex workout pants (no they don't have to fit like they were spray-painted on), a supportive sport bra, a (reasonably) form-fitting tee-shirt or tank top, sport socks, and a pair of sneakers--this is a look that is classic, functional, and safe. Pull our hair up or back, limit makeup to a little light foundation and waterproof mascara, and carry a towel to mop up sweat.

This is really not about vanity (well--maybe a little). But honestly--what is wrong with respecting ourselves--not to mention our fellow gym members--by wearing tidy, functional clothes. And--it makes looking at ourselves in those mirrors a whole lot easier!

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    I work out in a gym at work and I switched to slimmer fitting workout gear when I found I was flashing my coworkers. Probably not a wise move.
    2568 days ago
    Hmmm, I never thought about it, but what you said makes sense. I didn't wear spandex to the gym, but shorts & a T that weren't too baggy. I'll never be a "Barbie" in the spandex with the thong on the outside, but I do like being able to go to the store before (or after) the gym to pick up a few things.
    2569 days ago
  • SMURPH99
    Loose-fitting clothes can get caught on equipment. Sometimes it is humorous (like the girl on you-tube whose shirt came completely off when it got stuck on the Smith machine, but it can also get you really hurt (a loose shirt sleeve pulling a bar off a rack, as once happened to me--ouch),
    2569 days ago
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    I've always felt that I go out in public because I need to do things, and NOT to make the "view" pleasant for others - if they don't like me, they don't need to look at me! That simple! I tend to find that kind of attitude smacking of elitism and snobbery, and I'm uncomfortable with that - IMHO - just sayin'!

    Now that I'm off of my "soapbox".... back in the day when I was part of a gym or Y, I would usually wear a T-shirt and sweatpants (I've never been the fan of tight, form-fitting clothing) - and both of these items were always in good repair and clean, i.e., no stains or tears of any kind. That's always worked for me.
    2569 days ago
    I'm don't feel I'm uite to the spandexpointbut I do were "bootleg fit" workout pandand a t shirt. i can't waitto be oneof those hotmomma's in the shor tshorts and matching sports bra get-ups.

    I think if your feel "presentable" when you work out then you work out with mor confidence! thanks for the blog!

    2569 days ago
  • DOTTY7267
    Very interesting. I never thought of the way I dressed as a safety concern. I do know that when I first started losing weight, I rewarded myself with a nice gym outfit to wear that was matching. Prior to starting my weight loss program, I did not have anything for working out. I wore what was comfortable, clean, and performance enhancing. Sometimes it's not vanity or lack thereof, but a matter of availability and resources.
    2569 days ago
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