By: Valerie Stitt
Appropriate gym attire should be something that is common sense, but every once in a while someone walks in the gym with certain gear on and makes you wonder to yourself, what are those? Sure, no one wants to be a gym rat, it’s pretty simple. Get in, get out and carry on with life. However, every workout attire preference isn’t appropriate just because it’s different or you like it. There is an ultimate list of gym no no’s, let’s go over a few of them.
Shapewear and Tight Clothes
Wearing too tight clothes and shapewear for long periods of time can pose health risks according to doctors. Dr. Orly Avitzur, a neurologist in Tarrytown, N.Y., and medical advisor to Consumer Reports, says that a condition called meralgia paresthetica happens when there is too much pressure on the nerves. This causes painful burning and tingling in the thighs that run through the groin. Avitzur says, she sees patients suffering from nerve pain every month or two because of shapewear. However, there will always be a number of women who will choose to wear these fashions anyway. I mean, why at the gym? This is a great example of wrong exploitation of attention and selfie show. No one needs the distraction.
Guys, we’re back to you. Somehow, someone managed to bring meggings into the gym-fashion trends. These men leggings show way too much, way more than is necessary or needed. Matter of fact, these should strictly be for erotic entertainment purposes and should never even be in a mile radius to any gym. If you have to wear them, some shorts would come in handy.
Super short-shorts are something that most people find to be non-debatable. Yet still, we find a select number of guys showing up in gym with petite shorts. Some women wear them too. We get it, its leg and upper thigh day. Then why are we getting a view of higher altitudes? Ladies, those squats are kicking in, we believe you, no need to prove it by exposing your lower backside. These designs are made for running, jogging or racing, and that’s all they should be used for. Run baby, run…away from the public gym!
Personal hygiene is one thing that should be a priority, especially in a gym. Take a change of shirts if you are a heavy sweater. Furthermore, especially guys, don’t go overboard by slathering yourself with deodorant right before working out. That is completely pointless. Now don’t feel the pressure to be laundry fresh every single time you hit the gym. With a three-pack, you can easily switch up your garments to prevent sweat stenches. Don’t let your poor personal sanitation affect the well-being of fellow gym members.
Bring the appropriate footwear. Every once in a while, there is always the one person that will surprise us with flip flops or hike shoes or just go as far as to go barefoot. Yes, we get it, comfort should be a priority when it comes to being fit, but for some that’s not the case. It’s not right to work out in boat shoes or sandals just because you can. There are rules in place to ensure your workout has maximum effectiveness. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society recommends that if you perform a certain type of exercise three times a week or more, choose a corresponding sport shoe. And that’s not all. Sportswear keeps you safe from gym items like weights or even getting stomped on by others. Make sure you have shoes that give you ample room to work out.
In conclusion, we’ll get the extreme of the first point, way too baggy clothes. Clothes so big it makes others question who is wearing whom. If it’s a clique thing, that’s fine, keep it in the streets. This is no runway, it’s a gym. There’s a need for instructors and gym staff to see what you are doing. The last thing anyone wants to do is pull you and your shorts out of a leg press.
About the Author
Valerie Stitt lives in New York. A doting mother and grandmother, she is a passionate health advocate and is an author of four eBook guides which teach readers how to maximize their nutrition, weight and fitness goals. She blogs at Halfmile Fitness.