Dressing for success does not only apply to the office and in job interviews. It can also be applied to going to the gym to workout. Yep, you heard right. What you were to the gym is just as important as the actual workout itself. Wearing those amazing Curves leggings can do more for you than give you confidence while you are doing leg day. Experts say what you wear to the gym can affect your performance. Here are some reasons why you should reconsider going to the gym in khaki pants and a polo.
They can give you more confidence
Everyone could use more confidence, especially in the gym. When you are more confident about something, chances are you will perform much better and work a little harder. The same thing applies to exercising at the gym. When you know you look good, you will be more inclined to push a little harder, to do a little more, and to keep up the good work. Sports psychologies for the New York Mets, Dr. Jonathan Fadar, told Shape magazine, “When you put on new fitness gear, you begin to get into character like an actor putting on a custom for a performance. As a result, you expect to have a better performance, making you more mentally prepared for the task.”
They can enhance your performance
Sometimes it takes a little bit more than good looks to do a good job. Not only should you look for workout clothes that are cute and give you a boost of confidence, but they should also serve a function. If you are practicing hot yoga, you need something that is flexible, breathable, and dries easily. You would not want to wear skinny jeans and a t-shirt. The same thing goes for shoes. If you are running a marathon, you would not wear those same shoes on a basketball court. They serve two different functions and support different parts of the foot and ankle.
They can protect you from the environment
If you are exercising outside and you are in a climate that is warmer, you may need to wear something different than if you were exercising outside and you are in a climate that is colder. When it is hot outside, your best bet is to wear loose clothing with breathable fabrics. This will help keep your body cool so you do not pass out from a heat stroke. For places that are cooler, it is best for you to wear fabrics that are well insulated. You may even want to layer. This helps to easily regulate your body temperature, keeping you warm and safe from freezing to death.
They give you motivation
If you are wearing a workout outfit that makes you super confident, enables you to perform better, and keeps you comfortable while doing so, this alone is enough motivation to keep it going. This can keep you excited about going to the gym to work out.