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!