What you wear to workout will result in your performance, confidence, and of course, appearance. Here’s what not to wear to the gym.
90% of people quit the gym after only three months of joining. While there are any number of reasons why people stop going, sometimes wearing the wrong clothing can discourage people from working out.
Wearing inappropriate workout wear can make exercise more uncomfortable and harder than it has to be. To get the most out of your workouts, here’s a list of what not to wear to the gym.
Any Kind of Footwear Other Than Sneakers
Many gyms forbid footwear other than sneakers for obvious reasons; wearing the wrong footwear won’t support or protect your feet. Sandals, flip-flops, boots, and shoes simply weren’t designed for working out.
Think of sneakers as protection for your body just like the tires on your cars keep it elevated and away from the road.
The wrong footwear can cause you to lose your balance and injure yourself. Always wear sneakers and gym socks designed for exercising. Once sneakers start to lose their thread or develop holes, that means it’s time to ditch them for a new pair.
A Regular Clothing Bra
Wearing a regular everyday bra to the gym is just asking to be uncomfortable. Regular clothing bras do provide support, but they weren’t designed to deal with aerobic exercises and wide movements.
Nor are they very flexible, especially an underwire style. They can also ride up and dig into your breasts, making for an unpleasant exercise session.
Every woman with a gym membership should invest in a comfortable workout bra. They are designed to provide support and minimize jiggle so you can focus on your workouts and not your breasts. They’ll also move with you and help evaporate sweat away from your body.
Jeans or Other Denim Pieces
Jeans may have been originally designed for outdoor laborers, but they have no place in a gym. For starters, their material is far too heavy for working out and because of their high cotton content, sweat clings to them.
They also won’t allow you to make full movements and can cause chaffing in uncomfortable areas as a result. They look great everywhere else including the office, but leave them in the locker room. You should always wear moisture-wicking synthetic fabric while exercising.
Fleece Clothing and Hoodies
A cozy fleece sweatshirt, pants, or hoodie feels nice during a brisk walk outside or while curling up inside. These types of fabrics, however, are usually too hot and heavy for working out. In fact, wearing such clothing during a strenuous workout can lead to overheating.
They also are not designed to allow sweat to evaporate. Hooded tops and jackets pose a danger because the strings can get caught in equipment.
If you work with a personal trainer or take group classes at your gym, your instructor will not be too happy to see you in baggy clothing. They won’t be able to adequately assess your body and how it’s changing as you progress towards your weight loss goals.
Baggy clothing can also be a bit dangerous. It can catch on workout equipment or simply get in the way while you’re using machines and weights. Opt instead for close fitting clothing designed for working out.
While it may be tempting to sport your favorite rings, bracelets, or earrings while working out, they’ll only interfere or worst, get lost or damaged.
Some group classes won’t permit wearing jewelry. Aerial yoga, for example, requires participants to wrap their arms and legs around silky material while suspended in the air. Jewelry can catch on and tear the fabric.
Rings can also get scratched or press indents into your flesh if you’re lifting weights or holding onto equipment. A long necklace can fly up and whack you in the face while running. Ear accessories like geometric and statement earrings can get caught in your hair and interfere with your workouts.
Your best bet is to leave all jewelry with your belongings in the locker room while working out. If you’re concerned that they could be stolen, leave them at home.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look pretty while in the presence of other people at the gym. However, too much makeup creates a shield over your skin and can clog your pores, particularly when you sweat. This can lead to adult acne and irritated skin.
A good sweat can help release toxins, so don’t block skin with too much makeup. If you can’t bear the thought of a bare face, a swipe of mascara, lip gloss, and a light tinted moisturizer should be sufficient.
If you must wear makeup or you’re hitting the gym after a full day at work, throw a facial cleanser in your bag to scrub yourself clean before or after your exercising.
So What Should You Wear to the Gym?
Now that you have a better idea of what not to wear to the gym, it’s good to have a reminder of what is safe and appropriate workout gear.
Your clothing should be made of synthetic fabric designed to carry sweat away from the body and encourage evaporation. This includes Lycra, spandex, nylon, and polyester.
Workout clothing manufacturers are developing new fabrics from these materials that allow for greater moisture-wicking an anti-bacterial abilities.
Clothing should be close fitting, but not so tight it restricts movement. A supportive sports bar is also a must, as are sneakers designed for workouts.
There are many companies such as Monsta Clothing that sell workout-appropriate clothing. Try a few different brands to find the styles and fabrics you like.
Now You Know What Not to Wear to the Gym
Wearing the right gear will help make working out much more comfortable and you’ll be more likely to stick to a regular exercise routine.
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