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Use Cute Workout Gear For Fitness Motivation

Why Stylish Workout Gear Might Help You Stay Fit

I used to have a pretty thoughtless and no-frills workout uniform: black sweats and an old t-shirt. My reasoning was that there was no point in dressing up when I was just going to get gross and sweaty. I have since learned that putting a little more thought into what I wear while working out actually motivates me to get fit.

Because of an awesome sale, I got myself a pretty good-looking pair of Nikes. Almost immediately I scheduled a hiking date with a friend just so I could break those babies in. I'm not sure why it never occurred to me before those Nikes that cute workout gear might excite me in the same way a new dress does. Now I make a point to look for colorful sneaks and cute graphic tees, as well as flattering yoga pants. I also have a collection of bright hoodies that I use as cover-ups after yoga class or to keep warm on an evening bike ride. Best of all, a lot of activewear lines are making great looking clothes that also have practical features like moisture wicking or sun protection.

I'm not suggesting to throw down a ton of money on clothes and gear or to show up at the gym with a face full of make-up. But wearing workout gear that expresses my style and personality helps make me feel more confident and cute, and as a result, I want to work out. How about you?

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deefox24 deefox24 6 years
I am doing a research project on this...spending the entire year studying if fashionable active wear really is a motivation, it has been really cool to see the reasons why it does and doesn't, though so far I have found that it does.
RunningOnCoffee RunningOnCoffee 6 years
Lululemon is trouble... I spend $$$ there, but I do wear it! I run 3-4x/week + biking or spinning an extra 1-2x/week.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I do usually feel a lot more excited about working out when I wear cute workout clothing. I really like my Nike running capri tights that give me plenty of support and look great as well.
jlana jlana 7 years
I can definitely agree with this. I'd been wearing the same workout pants for years until I bought two Stella McCartney for Adidas gym pants, and they've given me a mental boost. Next in line is sport bras and shirts, because after years of using the same ones I need something more flattering.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I love fun workout gear (and I especially love fun cycling jerseys -- I have one with a little bird sitting on a bike seat that says "biker chick" ) but I wouldn't buy my shoes based on looks... your feet need the appropriate shoe, and sometimes that ends up being an ugly one. Still -- I do love running skirts, fun tops, cycling jerseys, and swimsuits with fun prints (check out splish suits!)
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I'm the same way. I just feel kind of blah during my workout if I think I look like a mess.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
This is so true. I'm always more motivated to work out after I buy some new gear. :)
SFCA SFCA 7 years
LOVE lululemon! I feel so cute running around. Their clothes are so flattering.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I totally agree with this! I just got myself a cute pair of Nikes, and I've noticed that I've been exercising more because of them!
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