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It's true that other people at the gym — the trainer, the dude you awkwardly stood next to at the urinal, the hot woman on the treadmill next to you who you've been dying to ask out — are probably judging your slovenly workout wear. Women in particular are also paying close attention to your footwear, according to a 2013 poll from the men's brand Allen Edmonds. But in addition to looking good to impress other people at the gym, there are a few other tangible benefits to buying better workout clothes.
For one thing, wearing clothes that fit properly and have sweat-wicking properties prevent chafing and uncomfortable rashes, which can make your workout a billion times better. (Look for fabrics like polypropylene and spandex on the tag.) If you wear compression shorts or pants, things won't jiggle around or bounce uncomfortably. You'll push yourself harder because you'll feel more confident. (Plus, you wont smell like the human equivalent of a moldy rag after you finish working out.)
It’s not just me saying this — it’s science. According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, clothes can majorly influence the way you think about yourself, an idea that's known as "enclothed cognition." Although that specific study assessed how wearing a lab coat can make you look more careful and attentive, it’s often cited as evidence that fashion and fitness are inextricably linked — and while that hasn't been definitively proven, it makes sense that if you look good, you'll be more motivated to hit the gym.
Obviously, this line of thinking only goes so far. You can’t think yourself into developing a six pack, no matter how awesome those Adidas ads look. But there's some evidence to suggest that you can maybe think yourself into doing the work that can give you a six-pack. (Then, when someone asks you where you got those rippling penis lines, you can say, "Nike and Adidas," and then inquire how they can pay you ad revenue.)
If you want to give the world the illusion that you are a Fit Guy, then you should dress like a Fit Guy. And who knows—soon, you may find yourself drinking protein shakes and eating green things and actually being the man you want to be.Photograph courtesy of Outdoor Voices
But maybe you don’t want to spend money on clothes that you will inevitably drench in liquified salt. Maybe you’re not ready to commit to a new workout wardrobe, and the thought of doing a separate load of laundry for special workout wear feels daunting. That's OK. We get it. And luckily, you have some affordable options, so you don’t have to go HAM on the Lululemon for men website (though we should say that these $79 sweatpants are extremely comfortable).
If you're looking for running pants, these Nike pants ($100) obliterate your excuse for running in cold weather. You can also get this long-sleeve Under Armour shirt from Target (on sale at $44.99), or be fancy and try these Outdoor Voices sweats ($100). There are lots of options for clothes aside from “old T-shirt that smells like my dorm from 2004." If you hate working out in pants, then get these Lululemon shorts ($78), which are basically a grown-up version of the basketball shorts you wore to gym class.Photograph courtesy of Lululemon
At its core, buying quality workout apparel is about investing in your wellness. So you should wear something that doesn’t stick to your body like a wet Band-aid and potentially makes your workout better. And hey, if you manage to get that woman on the next treadmill's digits in the process, so much the better.
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