Tuesday, July 14, 2009

3 Reasons To Spend Money On Workout Clothes

This is an article contributed by Kat Sanders, a freelance writer and a guest contributor to my blog.

It’s not something that you would normally think of spending money on, because, let’s face it, who wants to try and look good when all you’re going to do is end up sweaty and tired anyway? Exercising is one of the best ways to tone your body and keep your mind active and fit. The trouble is, most of us tend to put on our oldest clothes, the most comfortable and worn out sweats we can find, simply because we don’t feel sexy or glamorous when working out. But, there are reasons to go shopping for workout clothes, because:

You feel motivated to stick to your exercise routine: This one is absolutely right on the money, because when you know you’ve gone out and blown a pile on your sports bras, tank tops, shorts, pants, T-shirts, socks, shoes and other items of clothing specifically meant for work-outs, you feel compelled to drag yourself out of bed if only to put on your new clothes and justify the money you’ve spent on it. It’s similar to buying equipment for a sport – like when you buy an expensive tennis racquet, you feel motivated to go out and play more. Besides, when you invest in the right kind of shoe and clothing according to the sport or workout of your choice, you minimize the risk of injury from accidental falls and that of chaffing from the sweat.

You feel good about yourself: It’s not the amount of money you spend, but the way the clothes make you feel. So it’s best to invest in exercise gear that you’ve tried on and found comfortable, clothes that are of the right fit and fabric, and outfits that accentuate your figure and look good on you. If you’re slim, it’s preferable to get figure-hugging clothes that show off your shape, and if you need to lose a little weight from around your hips, waist and thighs, well, there are clothes that help cover the fleshy parts and show off your assets. When you wear clothes that you’ve specifically chosen for a workout rather than old sweatpants and T-shirts that have been lying around the house for ages, you feel good about yourself and are filled with the energy to exercise.

You want to get out and show off: Once you start losing weight and see your workout clothes looking better and sexier on you, you want to get out of the house and head for the gym or the outdoors to show off how good you look. Even those of us who are not vain feel a thrill when heads turn as we walk by because we look good and merit a second look. This keeps you on the exercise track and makes it harder to shirk your workouts.
So if you haven’t invested in a workout wardrobe, head out and do so right now!

This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of pharmacist technician certification at her blog The Pharm Tech Blog. She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: katsanders25@gmail.com

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