Thursday, March 15, 2012

What Not to Wear (to the Gym)

Fitness and fashion.  They go together like peas and carrots.

Okay, maybe not, but I often get asked if it really matters what you wear when you are working out.

My answer is yes and no.  Let me explain.

When you are exercising, what matters most is how you feel.  Some people will feel their best in an old pair of track pants and a t-shirt, while others would rather sport the trendiest shorts and a high performance tank. 

However, you also can consider that there are technical fabrics and designs that lend themselves to different activities.  For example, if you sweat a lot during your workout, you may want to invest in gear with anti-odour properties.  If you are runner, you may find it is easier to move in a running skirt. etc.

I don't think you need to break the bank buying fitness clothing.  There are many fantastic brands in all price ranges that will get the job done.

For some people always being fashionable is very important.  For others, not so much.  It really comes down to personal choice and what works for your body and budget.

If you are still on the fence about what to wear, here are a few tips.


DON'T wear all cotton fabrics.  Cotton will just soak up the moisture leaving you wet and cold throughout your workout.  Look for material that is moisture wicking.

DO wear supportive shoes.  You may need to do some shopping around to find the ones best suited to your foot and the types of activities you like.  Also remember that shoes have an expiry date, so make sure you replace them regularly (anywhere from 6 weeks - 6 months, depending on use).

DON'T wear heavy perfumes or colognes.   Many people are senstive to scents and in a place as crowded as a gym, the combination of mulitple fragrances can get quite overbearing.  Save the spray for when you get home.

DO dress in layers.  When you are working out inside, you still may go from hot to cold depending on your activity.

DON'T wear ripped or baggy clothing.  Even if being a fashionista is at the bottom of your list, it is best to avoid this for your safety.  This type of clothing can get caught in the equipment.

DO wear what makes you feel good.  I talked about this at the beginning of the post, but it is worth repeating.  When you walk into the gym, you want to feel comfortable and confident. 

What do you wear to the gym?

Stay Healthy,

P.S. You may have noticed some changes on the blog.  In my continuing effort to get more organized, I have combined my recipe pages and made it a little easier to navigate.

I have also created a page, upon request, to highlight some of the fitness services I offer and how to connect with me for more info.

I would love to get your feedback, so fire away!

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