Summer is slipping through our fingertips, and whether you’re heading back to school or not this fall, it’s a great time to hit the reset button and put a little more focus on your fitness goals.
As a youngin’, I saw each school year as a fresh start, complete with new teachers, new classrooms, and new friends. The one thing that remained the same until college was my uniform. That’s right: white collared shirts, loafers, and plaid as far as the eye could see! It seemed boring at the time, but I realize now how incredible my uniform was. It took away first-day jitters, leveled the playing field, and made my morning ritual a breeze. GONE were the hours and hours spent in front of my closet figuring out what to wear.
I may be a little older now—and hopefully wiser!—but the same rules apply. Think about it. I bet you make sure to wear your most flattering little black dress on date night, or your favorite suit/tie combo to a job interview. Why not do the same with your workout wardrobe? After all, it’s easier to achieve success with a confident first step!
Good news: There’s really no right or wrong way to dress for the gym (formal wear aside, of course). Whether it’s an oversized t-shirt and shorts or a color-coordinated outfit, you want your gym bag filled with options that are comfortable, flattering, flexible, and make you feel good. Here are some other things to think about when creating your ideal workout wardrobe.
1. Could you go for a walk in it?
If you’re just getting started on your fitness journey, you may have some reservations about the process. Wear something that you could see yourself walking down the street in comfortably. You’ll feel more like yourself when you walk into the gym and won’t have any apprehension about getting started.
2. How many days a week are you working out?
I work out five days a week, which means I have five great workout ensembles (top, pants/shorts, sports bra, socks, etc.) to last me until the next wash cycle. This ensures that I’m prepared for each workout and that I limit excuses that could prevent me from getting to the gym.
3. Make sure you like what you’re wearing!
You’ll read articles about the proper material to wear or what pants work the best. Bottom line: If you don’t feel comfortable in your clothes, you won’t want to leave the house, let alone walk into the gym. Choose clothes that are lightweight, made of breathable material, and aren’t too far outside of your comfort zone.
4. Protect your feet.
This may seem obvious, but choose shoes based on the kind of exercise you’re doing. It’s important for form, comfort, and injury prevention. For instance, you wouldn’t wear a hiking shoe to walk on a treadmill. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when choosing a shoe. And pick something that fits your personality, which will make them even easier to wear. Over the years, my sneakers have gone from jet black to loud and neon!
So before you tie your laces or swipe your key fob at your nearest Anytime Fitness, make sure you’ve stocked your closet with clothes that fit your body, personality, and fitness goals. You’ll calm your fitness nerves and set yourself up for a successful workout!