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Wear Fitness Clothes Every Day to Encourage Exercise

Sneakers Are the New Stilettos

This weekend, a few friends and I went out to dinner — nothing incredibly fancy, but it was a step up from the neighborhood joints we usually frequent. When my BFF showed up at my house for a cocktail, she was barely through the door before being playfully teased by a few of our friends. While everyone else was dressed up in their best "casual dressy" attire, she was rocking her orange New Balance running shoes, a hoodie, a nice t-shirt, and a pair of yoga pants. Making no apologies, she said that we better get used to this look because it's her "new norm."

My friend with the orange sneakers is a single working mom and was once an avid runner. Like many of us, the daily demands of life cut into her hobbies, which included running. The logic behind her new outfit is that she'll be able to run whenever time presents itself. And that night after dinner, it did. After dinner, instead of hopping into the cab with us, she put on her headlamp and ran the two miles home.

Her rationale might seem a little cuckoo, but when I spoke to trainer Harley Pasternak a few months ago, he told me that everyone should wear fitness shoes all of the time. Harley says that wearing them puts you in the mindset of being active, and you're more apt to take the stairs, go on a quick sprint, or do any other fitness activity that might come your way. Most of you agree that wearing your fitness shoes even when you're not working out is a good idea, but would you be able to drop everything for a run at a moment's notice?

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jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
Sounds obsessive to me. Agree with the comments about how it just looks lazy to be dressed in workout gear all of the time, like the person didn't make the effort. Hate to say it, but alot of women do this after having make-up, hair looking terrible, sweats, sneakers, and the excuse is always "I'm a busy mom!". With jeans or the gym, ok. But all of the time....that's just weird.
cotedazur cotedazur 6 years
I like this idea, especially for busy people like your friend, but I also agree with posters that say workout gear has its place in the gym and NOT in restaurants. I try to do this to a certain degree by always wearing comfortable shoes. In the winter I pretty much live in my Converse - no, they're not the most supportive shoes ever, but I would never hesitate to take the stairs instead of the elevator in them, or to take the farthest-away place in the parking lot -- something I'd never do in heels. In the summer I try to find comfortable flat sandals that let me go for a walk on my lunch break, etc without changing.
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 6 years
this is a really interesting idea. I wear my sneakers often, especially since I'm recovering from a nagging foot injury, but I wouldn't usually break into a run since I'd probably be carrying too much! It definitely puts me in a more active frame of mind though. One thing to think about though, is that technically, you shouldn't be walking around town in the shoes you run in. I break that rule all the time, but wouldn't if I could afford a few more pairs of shoes! I do like the idea of running whenever I have time. It's really a great idea your friends has! I commend her for doing it!
fishmeister23 fishmeister23 6 years
Are you kidding? Like people haven't gotten lazy or slovenly enough, now we're going to encourage wearing work-out clothes all the time? Sneakers are one thing, wearing yoga pants and a hoodie out to dinner is another. Have some pride in your appearance, people- gym clothes belong at the gym, not restaurants.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I wear sneakers pretty much all the time when I have jeans on. Mostly because I think they're comfortable and I tend to walk more when I have them on. I probably wouldn't go for a run right after dinner or anything, but I don't see anything wrong with wearing casual footwear so you can go for a brisk walk whenever you feel like it.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 6 years
No thanks. Like other people have said, things have become to casual and that doesn't suit my own personality or how I actually like to dress. I won't feel good if I'm in sporty stuff all the time because I don't feel good that way and I'm not being myself. I'm not really a sporty clothes type of person. I wouldn't even wear exercise sneakers ever if it wasn't for the fact that it's better for my feet when I'm actually exercising. But I don't see why I would want to wear them any other time.
LegacyOfPearl323556 LegacyOfPearl323556 6 years
I'm surprised at the thought that sneakers would put you in the active mind set. I think sneakers along with gym attire put people in the comfort mindset which can also associate with comfort eating. Most of the overweight people I know or see wear sneakers every all the time! It's the fit ones who are not in sneakers and make sure they look put together.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 6 years
I usually love Mr. Pasternak, but this is ridiculous. Our society has become slovenly to an appalling degree. Workout clothing is ONLY acceptable if you are working out.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
Man, I wish we could edit posts. In my last post when I said: "It took me longer than usual to decide what to wear because everything looked a little too nice to wear with sneaks." I meant that I had to wear sneakers this morning (been having issues with my feet and needed more support) and it took me longer than usual to pick out what to wear. Nothing I own is super-nice, per se, but my lighter colored flowery tops made me feel like my mother when paired with my bright white and grey shoes lol. With my darker tops, they just stuck out like sore thumbs!
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
Unfortunately, the wardrobe that I've come to know and love has little room for my sneakers. It took me longer than usual to decide what to wear because everything looked a little too nice to wear with sneaks. Additionally, since I'm struggling with my weight and not really what I would consider in "fit" shape, when I put on clothes that could double as run wear, I feel like I just look lazy. I am, however, on the hunt for sneakers for everyday wear... Not necessarily runners, but something I can be more active in and get more support from than flats. I love my flats, but they aren't much better for me than the low heels I used to wear, given how little support they really provide. Anyway, I think for me, I need something in a more versatile color than bright colors... maybe a dark brown?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
I always rock the casual sportswear look. Yes I have fancy dress up clothes but I prefer my ADIDAS or Pumas, my Lululemon pants, t-shirt and sporty track jacket. The clothes I wear reflect my personality and they allow me to feel comfortable. That said I would never show up at a formal event in my casual clothes but everywhere else its casual wear.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
It sounds like a good theory, but the thought of wearing a sports bra all day sounds uncomfortable. I used to sleep in my running clothes so I could just wake up and sprint, but sport bras are so uncomfortable after a few hours that I'll wake up with back pain.
akay akay 6 years
Ditto to Sundown, particularly since many of us would probably be enjoying a drink or two if we're out to dinner with friends. Large meals and stretchy yoga pants don't go together.
Sundown321 Sundown321 6 years
I love the idea! But the thought of running right after dinner makes my stomach hurt!
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