The gym is most certainly not a fashion show and I spent the first five or so years I was a runner wearing ratty old t-shirts and gym shorts from 1985.
But let's face it: when you look good, you feel good and there is no better time to feel good then when you are facing wall-to-wall mirrors and a floor full of nubile flesh.
I made the big leap to nice workout wear a couple years ago and it really has made a difference in terms of performance. And not just because I feel better.
So if you have ever circled the local Lululemon Athletica wondering why some imbecile would spend $98 on a pair of yoga pants, I have this advice:
1.) Lulu (and other nice gear) does good things to the body:
The shirts provide adequate support for the girls during long runs and the pants make my rear look so good, I keep checking it out in the mirror. Believe me, that is not the butt I have when the pants come off!
2.) The moisture wicking capabilities:
Quality workout wear costs money. But you will overall be more comfortable as the gear is made to keep you dry. Anyone who has ever run a 5k on a hot day in the free t-shirt knows it is not much fun at the beer fest afterwards to be wearing sweat-covered cotton.
3.) The coordination:
OK, I will admit it. I am a bit vain at the gym and the coordinated tops and pants in Lululemon and beyond are pretty nice.
4.) The gym to errands transition:
Along those same lines, I feel much more put together when I have to skip the shower in order to run to Whole Foods, when I am in a little running skirt and coordinated top. It probably does not matter to anyone but me, but I feel more presentable outside the gym when I am wearing quality gear.
Have you tried the switch to good workout wear?
Image via Sasha Brown-Worsham