Motivation Monday: Dress for Success
You know that saying, “Dress for Success?” Well it applies to your workouts as well.
After all, if you are dressing for success in your career, shouldn’t you dress for success in your fitness goals, too?!
The answer is yes. Yes, you should!
Your outfit might even motivate you to push a little harder during your workout.
Have you ever put on a great outfit for work and just felt extremely productive the entire day? I know that I always feel extremely productive whenever I decide to wear heels for the day (the sound of heels down the hallway is like the sound of power!)
This same mentality and feeling works for your workouts as well. If you put on a great outfit that makes you feel excited, it can motivate you and help give you the energy to power through your workout. After all, confidence is key when it comes to fitness.
Honestly, I don’t understand spending a lot of money on clothes that I’m going to sweat in, but that’s just me. If you like brand name fitness clothing, then by all means, go for it!
Here are my tips for ensuring that your clothing motivates you:
1. Separate your fitness clothes from your lounging clothes.
Choose certain pieces that you only wear when you are about to work out. This will get you excited to wear things you don’t usually get to wear. For me it’s a selection of motivational tank tops, because I wear my yoga pants and capris on the reg. These are my favorites and really get me in the mood to exercise!
2. Wear things that are comfortable.
This might seem like a no-brainer to some people, but seriously, workout clothing should be comfortable. Make sure you “test” it out a bit while you are trying it on. Leggings that slide down your booty during squats or sports bras that offer no bounce support are never fun to actually work out in.
3. Confidence is key
I’ve mentioned this before in a previous post, but it’s so so true that I’m going to mention it again. Don’t wear workout clothes that are too small for you or unflattering. I understand the thought that “it will make me motivated to lose weight because it’s too tight” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The worst thing you can do for yourself is get discouraged before you even begin. So, please get things in your size (or if you’re like me, you like your workout clothes a little big) and get started–once you start losing the weight or whatever your goal is, then you can go a size down.
4. Put Something On
When all else fails, just put something on. Sweats, a baggy tee shirt–whatever. Sometimes just dressing for the part helps contribute to your motivation level. Sometimes all it takes is lacing up your shoes and packing your gym bag.
What clothing item gets you most motivated for your next workout?