What do you wear when you workout?
(Speaking of, did you see? I finally posted my first workout video–I’m so excited for you to use & share!)
Sweatpants (ugg, I cringe at the word. I apologize if you do. please mend your ways.)? Shorts? Athletic gear? Cute sportswear?
Before I taught fitness classes, I don’t think I cared too much about what I wore. Holes in my pants? No problem. An old T-shirt from a race I ran 3 years ago. Sure.
Then I started teaching, and as a teacher, you are front and center for everyone to see and you have to wear something presentable, professional. I don’t like clothes that expose too much, but I do want to wear something that I can get really hot and sweaty in and not want to die of heat stroke. Also, I don’t want the clothes to get in my way.
After years of teaching and wearing workout clothes every day of the week except for Sundays, I’ve learned the importance of buying quality sportswear, clothes that you feel good in, that get you excited about exercise.
I was thinking about this because recently, I took a photography class through AltSummit.
They offer online classes. I took a class from Justin Hackworth, who does some breathtaking work. One of his suggestions was to do photography “workouts,” one of which included taking self-portraits.
Kind of a funny assignment–take pictures of yourself.
I realized I have very few pictures of myself, and only a handful of just me. Usually I’m the one taking the pictures, or if I’m in a picture I’m always with my husband or kids. I’m totally fine with that, I personally don’t want to look at pictures of myself, but this little assignment got me thinking of how I view myself, and got me to think of myself in a different way.
I took these self-portraits right before I filmed the video so of course I’m in my workout gear.
I enjoyed fiddling around with the aperture and shutter speed. The first photo isn’t overexposed.
(I’m a fan of pink. Can you tell?)
Whatever you decide to wear when you workout, it should be something that you can move around in, is form fitting (especially for things like yoga and Pilates where you’re doing a lot of bending over and lifting the legs, etc.), and stylish (so you’ll want to put those clothes on and work out!).
If your like I was, ditch the old basketball shorts from seventh grade and get yourself something you’ll love to work out in. It doesn’t have to cost a lot and it doesn’t change everything (you’ll still have to exercise), but I think it makes a difference.
Question for you:
What do you wear when you exercise? Do you think clothes make a difference to your exercise sessions (whether they happen or not, or the intensity and duration of the exercise?)