Who doesn’t want to look and feel their best, right? One way of achieving this is, of course, through exercise and weight loss. And sure,it may take a little longer to accomplish your fitness goals, but that shouldn’t stop you from letting your personality and own brand of confidence shine through.
Here’s a quick list on how to look your best while your fit-and-fab body is still a work-in-progress.
1. Pick the Right Amount of Color
Wearing loud, brash colors and patterns from top to bottom may draw attention to you while exercising, but not necessarily in a good way. You may even end up distracting your fellow gym-goers.
A general rule of thumb is to wear one neutral and one vibrant shade – it’s up to you to decide on which element of your workout ensemble you’ll apply the color scheme. Most would go with a neutral bottom and a colored or patterned top.
2. Practice Proper Hygiene
Hair ties are the long-haired exerciser’s best friends. You don’t want your sweat-drenched locks to slap you in the face – it’s uncomfortable, unhygienic, and just overall unpleasant to look at. Invest in a high-quality elastic that won’t suddenly snap or loosen while you’re working out.
Headbands are also essential workout accessories, whether you have long or short hair. Let the headband sit halfway between your forehead and your hairline to prevent your sweat from dripping down your eyes and face.
For your after-workout hygiene, don’t forget to stock your locker or gym bag with the basics – a big, absorbent towel; soap, shampoo, and deodorant; and a fresh change of clothes.
3. Proper-Fitting Gym Clothes
One way to boost your confidence is to wear clothes that are comfortable and let you move around freely; you should be focusing on your fitness goals, not worrying about tearing the fabric when you lift weights or do some squats.
For women, a well-fitting sports bra is a must, especially for activities that require a lot of running or jumping. Men, on the other hand, should keep in mind the proper length of athletic shorts. Unless you’re a member of a cross-country team, your shorts should ride at or above the knee – two inches is generally acceptable. If you want to be on the safe side, wear jogging pants instead.
4. Promote a Social Cause
Bring something you’re passionate about while you’re working out to double your motivation. Whether in the form of a branded shirt, personalized wristband, or logo-emblazoned bag, you can use your journey toward a fitter body as a powerful tool to share your advocacies and goals.
Remember: it’s not just a fashion statement, it’s a way to showcase your passions, too. Who knows, you may even end up convincing others to join your cause, too!
5. Play Your Jam
Getting fit and losing weight should be something you enjoy, not an activity you dread. And if you like what you’re doing, it can manifest into your physical bearing as well.
Music can help you feel motivated and take pleasure in working out, as well as aid you in pacing your exercises. Songs with higher beats per minute, for example, could push you to run faster on the treadmill.
Just remember to keep the volume at acceptable levels – you don’t want your sounds spilling out of your earphones. It’s not only harmful to your ears, it’s also disrespectful to others who want to exercise in peace or have their own music playing, too.
Are you ready to shed those extra pounds? Try these tips to up your fitness game and feel your best while losing weight.