The Dress Code for a Better Workout
| Steven DAnnolfo
Another day at the gym trying to motivate yourself for a great workout, but this time, like so many other days, you really don’t feel like it. You have to push yourself against that mental gravity that pulls you towards lighter weights, lower reps and shorter runs on the treadmill. Yogi Berra, the legendary Baseball Hall of Fame catcher and manager understood the concept when he said, “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” Clearly, there’s more to athletic success than pure physical ability. An athlete’s state of mind is a critical factor affecting performance in training and competition.
There’s more to athletic success than pure physical ability.
In Psychology Today magazine, Jim Taylor, PhD., a specialist in sports psychology, states in his article titled What Mental Training for Sports is Really All About, “I can say with confidence that if athletes make the same commitment to their mental training as they do to their physical and technical training, it can play a key role in helping them achieve their goals.”
Dress for Success
In just about every field of endeavor, how you feel about yourself, your station in life, and your goals can impact your level of success. In business, the most accomplished salespeople dress in a manner that conveys their self-confidence to motivate them to close more deals. To be successful, you have to feel successful, and the clothes you wear can affect the way you think about yourself.
The clothes you wear can affect the way you think about yourself.
If you head off to the gym in a tattered t-shirt, torn shorts and worn out sneakers, you’re telling yourself that working out is not that important—your goals for weight loss, superior athletic performance, or improved overall health are not worth an investment of your best effort. Your state of mind is not conditioned for achievement.
Many factors come into play to establish your state of mind on any given day. But to be the best, you’ve got to feel your best, and looking your best is a vital component to your sense of self-esteem and confidence.
The Social Aspects of Looking Good
Today’s gyms are more than just places to get exercise. Many people, both men and women, consider them prime locations for socializing. Some might even say that gyms are “clubs with weights”. Instead of cocktails, people might strike up a conversation over a protein shake or a bottle of water. With bodies on full display, the hope is to connect with someone of mutual interest, and looking good helps make that first impression a positive one.
Looking good helps make that first impression a positive one.
With your hair neatly styled and your hygiene in high gear, the next key to looking great rests with your choice of clothing. If you’re in good shape, you can slip on a tighter top to reveal hints of those six-pack abs, or a pair of contour fitting shorts to suggest your firm buttocks. If you’re a few too many pounds overweight, find some outfits that hang a little more freely. The fact that you’re at the gym in the first place indicates that you’re there to improve yourself, which can be an attractive feature for others of the same mind set.
Get some new outfits for the gym and take good care of them. Head off to your workouts feeling confident and good about yourself. You’ll create a better exercise regimen, and you’ll make a better impression on those looking to make some new acquaintances.
Choosing the Right Gym Clothes
What are some key features you should be looking for when picking out some new clothes for the gym? Well, that depends on your primary purpose for going to gym. If you’re looking for eye-catching attention, then look for fitted styles that display the contours of your body. If you are more interested in a good workout rather than making new friends, choose some items that are loose fitting and comfortable, but not so loose that they interfere with your range of motion or flop around wildly while you exercise.
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Try to find fabrics that wick away sweat. If the cloth does not breathe, you’ll have no ventilation which could cause heat to build up leading to an abbreviated workout. Cotton is always an excellent choice. It’s natural, highly absorbent and always comfortable. Fabrics containing a limited amount of nylon and polyester can also be quite comfortable. Anything made of 100% artificial or synthetic material is bound to disappoint. So, check the labels and get something you’ll enjoy wearing.
The Psychology of Colors
In picking out your new clothes for the gym, you might want to give some thought to the effects of color on the mind. Color can have a subtle but powerful effect on how people feel about what they are seeing. Color interpretation is quite consistent throughout history as well. Ancient cultures, such as the Egyptians, the Romans and the Greeks practiced chromotherapy to treat various kinds of ailments, both physical and psychological. For example, the color red is believed to stimulate the body and mind by increasing circulation. Studies show that weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.
When applied to clothing, the concept of color is thought to have a significant effect on perception. Traditionally, red indicates power and passion. Blue reveals calmness and tranquility. Green projects a natural authenticity. There is plenty of online information on how color can affect your workout and how it influences the perception of other people. For a more complete understanding of the effects of color, check out this article on verywellmind.com titled Color Psychology: Does It Affect How You Feel?
Be Confident, Work Hard and Reach Your Goal
What you wear for your workouts can influence your attitude, your mood and your ability to press on to your objective, whether it’s to lose weight, cut a more defined muscle profile, develop your cardio endurance for sports or just to maintain generally good health. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to look hot while you’re running, stretching, lifting, or dancing to the rhythms in a Zumba class. The dress code is to be comfortable and look great so you can feel good about yourself. Be confident and turn out your best effort every time you work out. Get the most from your investment of time and energy, and look fantastic at the same time.
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