Fitness, Health, Running

Why You Should Wear What You Want To Workout

Happy Wednesday everyone! We’re halfway to the weekend, woohoo! I hope you’re having a great week so far.

Today’s blog post came to me last week when I was on a run. It was a hot day so I was out running in shorts and a sports bra. A car passed me and the driver kind of gave me a weird look. Maybe it was because the feels like was well over 95 so I looked like a crazy person running but something told me it was because I was in a sports bra. It’s also happened before when it’s not as hot which makes me think it was the clothing choice that prompted the look.

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Personally I have no issue running in a sports bra. Honestly it’s probably because I was on the cross country and track team in high school so we all ran in sports bra on our town’s running path. I got so used to it and mostly started because everyone was doing it. I didn’t want to be the only one with their shirt on and stick out back then. Now I chose to run that way since it’s more comfortable for me. I completely understand that working out in a sports bra is not for everyone. Really I get that! It’s not for everyone and who am I to judge.

What I have a problem with is people who want to give weird looks to anyone running without a shirt on. What’s the difference between shorts and a sports bra and a bikini? Technically you are more covered up in a sports bra and shorts than a bathing suit. Yet no one judges anyone in a bikini.

Layered Up For Icy Rain

I don’t think the topic of not judging people for workout apparel choices applies for summer running only though. It can definitely be applied to working out at any time of the year. Even in winter people will give you a strange look for running outside. I remember getting a weird look leaving the YMCA when I was at my parents house in just shorts during the winter. And I walked maybe 100 yards to get to my car and the door. Maybe it is because it appears that you’re not dressed warm enough but it doesn’t matter what other people think. What they don’t see is the shirt and quarter zip that are under your rain jacket. Besides, if you’re layered up so that you’re not freezing or overheating and you are comfortable then that’s what matters.

With that being said, I’m not trying to cover up when it is over 90 degrees or put on extra layers in the winter to please other people. One of the biggest things with working out is being comfortable in your own skin. If I pass someone out running who has capris and a t shirt on, while it may make me hot just looking at them, if that makes them the most comfortable to get outside then so be it! I’m not going to give the person a weird look for it or judge them.

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Whether you’re in a sports bra and shorts or layered up for icy rain, you have to be comfortable.

Do whatever makes YOU comfortable. Just don’t judge me for what I’m comfortable doing.

Question of the day: Do you have any thoughts on this?

20 thoughts on “Why You Should Wear What You Want To Workout”

  1. I’m too self conscious to just wear a sports bra (and a bikini at that LOL) but I agree- wear what you want and what makes you feel comfortable! Just ignore those looks! At the end of the day, you’re out there exercising and making healthy choices and they aren’t 🙂

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    1. I totally respect that every feels differently about a sports bra and/or bikini! If you’re comfortable in what you wear Shannon then that’s all that matters!! I ignore them all the time but come on people. Quite the judging!

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  2. I feel like I am too big in the chest dept to run in just a sports bra. I think you should run in whatever you feel comfortable running in. There are women in our group who will not wear shorts bc they don’t think they have nice enough legs. They are out there running multiple times a week-their legs are just fine!

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    1. If you’re not comfortable in a sports bra then that’s totally okay! I agree that people should wear shorts, runners have great legs! But again, if they aren’t comfortable in it then let them wear what they want. No judgement from me on that.

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  3. I totally agree with this! Bikinis are accepted wherever but not sports bras when you’re literally working out..? It’s really dumb and a double standard because people hardly give weird looks for guys running shirtless, just sayin’. Good for you being comfortable in what you want to wear!

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    1. Yes!! It is a double standard. If I was walking around a grocery store in a sports bra then I would get it but who cares if I’m working out. 100% agree that no one gives a guy a second thought. Thanks girl! I prefer it over wearing even a tank because I feel like I’m overheating.

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  4. You go, girl! I totally agree that you should wear what you want and not just when you’re working out. I’ve never run in a sports bra just because I’m not comfortable doing that but if you are, get it!!

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  5. Those are excellent thoughts! I would love to run in just shorts and a sports bra, but I’m just too self conscious still. It is my goal to do so though. I’m at least up to the point where I will wear shorts now for running.

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      1. That was always my big goal was to be able to wear shorts and a sports bra in public so I feel like I need to make it!

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  6. I had the hardest time deciding what to wear yesterday before I went for a run, and I stopped myself and thought, “who cares??” I usually go out in the middle of no where anyway.

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