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Dress for Fitness Success

written by Guest Blogger June 10, 2012

Are you looking to lose weight and get fit? Well here’s an interesting tip from guest blogger, Chloe. I think she may have something here so please take a few minutes and see what you think! 

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘dress for the job you want, not for the job you have’. Well, when it comes to fitness clothes, the same thing applies: dress for the body you want, not the body you have.

Admittedly, when you are at the start of your fitness regime it can seem pointless displaying your ‘before’ body in tight Lycra and expensive footwear. But there lies your biggest mistake! Starting a workout in old, baggy clothes to cover you up will put you at a disadvantage before you even begin. Wear gym clothes that make you feel as if you are already fit- here we show you how.

Shoes

The first step to overhauling your workout wardrobe is to invest in a decent pair of trainers. Whether you are running, going to a fitness class or just going to the gym, a good pair of shoes will prevent pain and help you feel professional.

First and foremost, well-fitting trainers will provide comfort; the rubbing of your heel against the wrong kind of shoe when exercising will cause painful blisters and make working out seem even more of a chore.

If you are embarking on a running programme, comfort is even more important- you need to select a pair of running shoes that suit the pronation of your foot, so visit a specialist shop to find the perfect pair. It is also important that you change your running shoes every 500 miles or every year, depending on which comes first. If you get the wrong shoe, you risk injuries like shin splints and having to claim for physiotherapy on your health insurance.

And whatever you do, don’t scrimp on your trainers- they are your most crucial piece of equipment!

Lycra

I’ve seen men and women walk into gyms or pounding the pavements in baggy sweatshirts, heavy trousers and even jeans. Although these people may feel more comfortable hiding their bodies, they are actually hindering themselves before they even begin working out.

When it comes to exercise, heavy cotton clothes are Enemy No.1, absorbing heat and moisture and keeps it clinging to your body like a wet rag. Good workout clothing will ‘wick’ moisture away from the body to the outside, keeping you comfortable and dry.

The no cotton rule applies to underwear when running. Tight fitting, synthetic underwear will wick away moisture and help to prevent chafing. Go commando if it feels right!

As well as keeping you sweat free, decent workout gear will get you in the correct mind set for exercise. If you look professional, you will feel professional, and the money you spend on your clothes will prevent you from backing out of your new regime!

Head band

Over the years I have found that a head band is a vital element of my exercise wardrobe. As a woman with long hair, there is nothing more frustrating than having strands blowing around your face and sticking to your sweaty forehead.

Invest in a headband that matches your outfit (I do enjoy colour coordinating) and feel the breeze on your face! Men may also benefit from a sweatband- a professional one will wick moisture from your head and stop sweat from getting in your eyes during an intense workout.

Don’t forget to wash your headband though- they can get a bit whiffy after even one session.

Sunglasses

I am a dedicated runner, and one thing I will not leave the house without is a large pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses are useful for obvious reasons- they protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays while staying clear of condensation. I will tell you a little secret here- I also like wearing sunglasses to cover up my unmade up face!

Luckily, the latest running sunglasses on the market are so lightweight and comfortable you might forget you’re wearing them.

Look for a pair of sunglasses that are made of nylon- these will be lightweight and flexible. In addition, check if your lenses have adequate UV protection- eye protection is the aim after all- and see if you can find glasses with anti-glare coating. Rubber nose-pads are also helpful to make sure your sunnies don’t slip off your nose during particularly sweaty workouts.

IPod holder

Admittedly, exercise can be boring, unless you plug yourself into an iPod or an mp3 player to ease the tedium. Making a motivating playlist can make the difference between a boring session and a great session.

However, one problem with using an mp3 player is what to do with it whilst you exercise- if you don’t have a pocket to slip it into then you might be left holding it in your sweaty palm. Luckily, manufacturers have wised up to this dilemma and created a range of iPod holders that will keep your device secure. Take a look at some online reviews before you splash out to get the best for your money.

Spending money on these items may seem pointless if you are just embarking on exercise, but trust me when I say that the way you dress has a massive impact on your self-esteem. And not only will you look the part, but you will become an efficient and more comfortable exerciser because of it (plus, the more money you spend the less willing you are to give up!).

About the Author

Chloe writes on health and fitness for health insurance comparison website ActiveQuote.com. She is an avid runner and loves coordinating her pink Nike trainers to the rest of her outfit!

I think Chloe makes some really good points here, and as a confirmed believer of the Law of Attraction, dressing for fitness success may be the first step towards taking action in making your intention a reality. What do you think?

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