Right now you’re body and mind are in a heated battle. Even though you know it’s going to come back and haunt you, you just can’t help but to continue to gorge yourself. Whether it was overdoing it with turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving or stuffing yourself with all the cookies that have been deliciously baked throughout the remainder of the Holidays, this time of year can be brutal on your diet. And, that’s not even getting into all the parties, eating on the run as you shop and drinking away your Blue Christmas. If you’re not on top of your game, the pounds are going to easily pack on this time of year.
Obviously, watching what and how much you eat, along with exercise, are the best ways to curb that unwanted weight gain. In fact, we’re not even going to bore you with all the health benefits of working out and eating healthy. You already know that it’s good for you. But, we can help you out with what to wear when hitting the gym. Just follow these simple guidelines and you won’t end being like that dude wearing a do-rag, zuba pants and white Gold’s Gym t-shirt with nasty sweat stains that have accumulated over the years. You can thank us later when you realize that you can actually look stylish while getting your work-out on.
Up Top: Keep It Loose, Simple and Comfortable
The main purpose of the gym is to get your sweat on. You don’t need to wear designer clothing that’s going to get all sorts of dirty. Instead, stick with cotton classics (synthetic fibers work too) such as cotton hoodies and tees. Cotton clothing isn’t just comfortable, it’s an affordable, flexible and classic look. Focus on primarily solid colors – black, navy blue, red, gray, earth tones, and white – that you can match with 2 or 3 other tones. Avoid multi colored tees and shirts with huge logos and insignias – especially a logo of the gym you’re at, that’s like wearing a band’s shirt to their concert, it’s tacky. Shirts made specifically for exercise that feature small logos from Nike, adidas, Reebok, etc., are fair game.
Your tops should be loose, but not baggy, so that it can breath. But, you can wear a tighter shirt if you have the right body type – fit and trim. Tanks and sleeveless shirts are acceptable if you’ve got the guns to back it up.
Again, keep things simple and comfortable. After-all, you’re at the gym.
Shorts or Pants?
Shorts are the prefered choice when doing cardio and/or legs. Shorts provides a greater range of motion and better air circulation. To avoid looking sloppy in a pair of shorts, and if you have any sort of dignity, make sure that the shorts end just above the knees. Forget the baggier shorts, unless you’re boxing or shooting hoops. As for fabrics, a mix of cotton with spandex or polyester works great. And, just like with your tops, minimize colors and wear a neutral color that can be easily paired with the rest of your ensemble.
Pants should be worn when working on the upper body. Track pants are an excellent option. Find a straight leg pair in either black, gray or navy blue and you not only have a sharp looking pair of pants to wear in the gym, they can also be worn as casual wear with the right sneakers. If you’re looking for a trendier pair of track pants, look for pairs with drawstrings, pockets, buttons, zippers or thicker and modern fabrics.
The Sneaker Game
We could devote an entire article on sneakers, but here are a just a couple of guidelines. Like the rest of your outfit, keep it simple and comfortable. Find a pair of sneakers that have been designed specifically for your workout. If you’re a runner, buy a decent pair of running. In short, avoid too many colors and all the flash when selecting a pair of sneakers and chose a pair that have a purpose.
Finally, make sure to replace your workout sneakers about every 6 months, or least when you’re feet notice something isn’t right. Not only will a new pair of sneakers provide optimal performance, they’ll be a whole lot cleaner – both in appearance and smell. And, remember, people notice your footwear more often than you’re aware of.
While working out, there’s absolutely no need for accessories like jewelry. Besides a sports watch and headphones or earbuds, a man should have no other accessories on him while exercising. But, what about before and after the gym?
If you’re heading to the gym right after work or during a lunch break, then a gym bag is a definite must-have item. Don’t purchase those large and bulky duffel bags, however. You’re not going away for an extended period of time. You’re just going to the gym. A bag, such as the one pictured above, should have enough room for a change of clothes and some other items such as deodorant, body wash, flip flops and astringent. That’s it. Just the basics.
So now that you know how to properly dress for the gym, get off the couch or behind the computer and start burning off those excess pounds. There’s no excuses.
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