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Do You Like Working Out in Front of a Mirror?

I have to say that sometimes I LOVE doing yoga or lifting weights in front of a mirror - it's a great way to check for proper technique and alignment.

Mirrors can also be a way for women to obsess about how they look (or how they don't look), so I feel like it adds to issues of low self-esteem and poor body image.

What do you think?


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yayapapaya yayapapaya 10 years
if i'm alone its good. but if there's other people around i'd rather not have any.
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 10 years
Some may find it a help but me, I more prefer not to have them. But that is just me
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
he11 yeah! lol
SU3 SU3 10 years
Definitely! but I don't LOVE to stare at myself in the mirror! :ROTFL: I use it for posture and proper technique. The gym I go to has mirrors EVERYWHERE... so I really have no other choice... what else am I going to stare at? I don't think other people would enjoy me staring at them... :)
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
Yes and no. Sometimes it gives me a boost of confidence, other times reason to criticize. I like to pay attention to my form by feel: shoulders back, abs in, as opposed to looking at myself. I feel like I can concentrate more that way.
lorioz lorioz 10 years
I hate it... it makes me feel weird to be staring at myself
asco00 asco00 10 years
I'm at the gym, so mirrors don't bother me as it relates to my appearance. I'm at the gym to stay healthy and look better right? I definitely use them for weight training and pilates.
alleycat7 alleycat7 10 years
It depends. Sometimes the mirror is my best friend and sometimes it HATES me, depending on my mood. I like running on a treadmill in front of a mirror. It helps motivate me and I invision myself as a CRAZY AWESOME runner who is winning a race and I push harder. (Can't you tell I used to run competitively in school? :)
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
Necessary evil--- use it to check my form even though i know i am not going to look like a prom queen while sweaty and nasty. TINA!
Magica Magica 10 years
I like them for checking postures, but not always.
krisua krisua 10 years
Lifting weights - yes I do but only to see if I do it right. Now when I come to think of it, it might be more of an accustomed thing than really a necessity.
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
^It depends-If I'm at Home or the Gym!
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
It depends-If I'm home at Home or at the Gym!
GirlC GirlC 10 years
If I'm doing weights yes. If I'm part of a class no.
esk4 esk4 10 years
I need a mirror when I do free-weights so I can make sure my technique is right
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i'm a dancer so i'm very used to having a mirror in front of me when i work out. it's very nice to have if you're doing any sort of lifting. i like to see that i'm doing everything correctly.
hollywoodholiday hollywoodholiday 10 years
i hate doing cardio in front of the mirror, watching myself sweaty and red-faced, uck. i do however like weight lifting, stretching and the like in front of the mirror to check technique. "Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness." --The Problem of Pain
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I use the mirror because it helps me stay focused on my form and posture when doing my strength training. I say hell no to mirrors when I'm running :TREAD:
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
they are a great tool, but i really don't like to see myself. so i avoid them...and try to feel the move, or yoga pose instead of see it.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
no way. when i see myself working out in a mirror it makes me work even harder because i hate the image i am looking at, to be honest. and then i don't want to go abck and let other people see what i see. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
susanec susanec 10 years
I was a dancer and I gymnast so I used them forever, now I don't need them too often because I feel like I have a good sense of posture, etc for regular workouts and even yoga but I will check in from time to time.
TheMissus TheMissus 10 years
Just like FitSug... I like them for yoga and weight lifting. I don't know if they do any good for people while working out on cardio machines though. I never look at them while doing cardio. I'm usually plugged into a TV on the machine.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
When I am running on the treadmill I like to look over every so often to check on posture- same when I am doing sqwats and certian weights.
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
No thanks to the mirror! I know I look like a sweaty mess, no need to be reminded! ;)
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