When it comes to working out at the gym, everyone is different. From their workout style (weights vs. class) to the time of day they’re most effective, it varies. But where does fitness come into play? For some people, gym attire is essential to a workout. Learn how to know when your gym attire is too much, or when it distracts others.
Cute yoga pants, brightly colored Zumba outfits or tennis skirts while you exercise isn’t usually an issue. For many, feeling confident in what you’re wearing can actually help boost your motivation to push through a set or two. But what happens when it’s too distracting for others? The following 3 are no-goes at the gym:
Clothing That is Just Too Tight
Tight clothing can cause several problems at the gym. Not only can it reveal a little ‘too much’, distracting others from their workout, but it can actually cause leg cramps. “Clothing should not be so tight that it restricts movement—like shorts or leggings that make it impossible for you to bend over or descend into a full squat or shirts that keep you from raising the arms overhead,” says Robert Herst, a certified personal trainer and powerlifter.
There’s a difference between clothing that’s too tight and clothing that is unsupportive. While too-tight clothing can actually cut off circulation if you aren’t careful, unsupportive clothing (such as a stretched out or two small sports bra) can lead to an injury. “If you’re not wearing a sufficiently supportive bra to work out, bounce isn’t the only thing you have to worry about,” says Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. “If you have a moderate to large chest, the movement can lead to upper back and shoulder pain post-workout.
Wearing a little bit of foundation and lip gloss is one thing. Wearing a full head of make-up (from blush to bronzer) is another. When you sweat, oil and dirt can build up under the make-up, which cause irritation and can result in a breakout. For the beat, non-distracting workout, head to the gym with a freshly washed face, and some sunscreen.