I can’t go to the gym!? I have nothing to wear…! Rarely do I hear these words..
Unlike a first date, a board meeting or client presentation, which what we wear is directly related to an impression we want to make, at the gym we tend to dress for ourselves, for a different purpose.
What is the purpose?
To wear something comfortable maybe, non restrictive, something you can sweat in, (which usually means old t-shirts) or maybe something that just what you wear when you workout has a very strong purpose. To make you get the best out of your exercise and you must dress for the occasion.
You don’t wear motorcycle gloves to do the washing up? Or your ugg boots to the office?
Then why would we settle for “ordinary clothes” for the gym. Some people like to complain about their fellow gym goers overdressing for the gym, (jealous much?)
Stop missing the point people!!
The gym is where you go to work out for yourself, your body, your well being, NO ONE ELSE.
It is amazing how we care so much about what other people think of us, when was the last time you stopped to think about what you think about yourself?
I was at yoga last week, marvelling at the amazingly patterned and colourful selection of yoga pants with another fellow yogi.
Me: “Wow, those are so funky, love them definitely get them” (pointing to the rad tights in pink and yellow animal print she was holding)
Her:” Oh they’re incredible! ..but I couldn’t wear them, they wouldn’t look good on me..”
Me: “Don’t be ridiculous, you are doing yoga! I’ll bet you would feel good in them..”
Guys and gals give yourselves some credit! Respect that bod! We humans anchor certain feelings to clothes and I doubt those ratty old armpit sweat stained t-shirt, pilling leggings and odd socks with holes do not harbour the kind of positive, inspiring and motivating emotions to achieving the best from your work out.
Look after yourself on the outside as well as the inside! Working in fashion has taught me that it’s not just about looking good, but that looking good is feeling good and that self belief can come from knowing you look great on the outside. Working out has as much to do with your mind as your body.
If you don’t think you can, you probably won’t do an extra rep or set or kilometre.
Amp up your fitness routine with a fabulous outfit to match that “can-and-will-do more,” attitude with these 3 awesome tips for confidence boosting gym gear that will make you feel just as good as you look. Bring on the floor to ceiling mirrors.
1. Add colour – although black hides sweat, let’s be realistic, you are going to get sweaty regardless and you feel it more than you see it! Reds and yellows for heat and intense workouts. Blues and purples for the weights training for focus and a calm mind. Runners, add a bit of neon for visibility as the days get shorter and the mornings and evenings darker and darker- also that futuristic vibe will have you darting along at a record breaking pace towards your goals!
2. Buy the correct gym gear ¬- Just like we have experts designing the latest gadgets and apps, the technology is evolving in the fitness wear realm. Advancements in materials and fibres mean less sweat, less stink, more comfort and a better work out. Did I mention you get to look good too?
3. Throw out the old stuff – think about how you are representing yourself.
If there are holes in your gym shorts there are most likely holes in your workout. Step up, buy a new pair, discard the old and you’ll be that much closer to the ultimate you. Give your body the support and adornment it deserves to give your mind the confidence it needs.
Let your workout clothing serve you, support you and nurture you in order for you to be challenged to take your body and your mind to the next level. Without out challenges we can often get bored, we do not learn and grow, which is imperative for success. Turbo charge your gym kit and give that beautiful body you’ve been working so hard on, the revitalise it deserves.