Workout clothesWhen I say the words "workout clothes," what do you think? For me, I immediately think sweat. I think of how gross they get after an intense session at the gym. I think about the crappy T-shirts from back in high school I wear sometimes and laugh wondering what people think of my totally fab attire.

But it's not always old tees. In fact -- I have a confession. I REALLY like spending stupid amounts of money on workout clothes. OK, maybe "like" is a strong word. While I don't like watching the funds leave my bank account, I know that it's a totally great investment.

Like the $85 running leggings I bought last week.

I know. It's not cheap. Heck, it's the opposite of cheap. You know what I can do with $85? Buy groceries for two weeks. Oh, the benefits of living on my own.

Here's my logic: My favorite workout pants are from Under Armour. I bought them four years ago and have worn them on almost every long run and half marathon I've run since they were purchased. The original price? A whopping $72, I believe. But that's $72 for FOUR years of wear. I think we spend a lot of money on more ridiculous things, wouldn't you agree?

Sure, workout gear can even get a lot pricier than that. Look toward fancy schmancy retailers like Lululemon and Athleta and you'll find zip-ups that cost upward of $200. Yeah, $200 for a zip-up you'll just get dirty.

While I may not be spending that much -- you have to try and think of it this way: If you look good while you work out, you'll perform better when you work out. Feeling confident can make a world of difference. Think of it as an investment in your health.

So do you think I'm crazy? Do you invest in clothes to work out in, or do you think it's a waste of money?

 

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