What to Wear When Working Out

Story by Katie Kannapell Ryser

Left: Mady in Pheel grey and black camo leggings with Pheel grey CycleBar crop top. Right: Alyssa in Pheel pink and white camo leggings with Pheel pink mesh tank.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Take a moment and think about how the clothes you wear impact your day. If you stay in your pajamas or sweats, chances are you might stick around the house, and you might even be less than productive. On the flip side, if you spend the time and energy to really get dressed – wearing something that makes you feel great – you radiate confidence and you’re ready to take on the world.

The same can be said for fitness gear. The moment you invest in a new pair of leggings or sneakers, you suddenly feel ready to conquer your next workout.

The purpose of exercise is not only to keep you physically healthy; exercise improves mood, increases sleep quality, boosts your energy and helps to relieve stress. It’s about improving your mind, body and soul from the inside out. You are making an investment in your health and that’s something to be proud of, so match how exercise makes you feel on the inside with great style on the outside.

Working out (and looking good doing it) has definitely been made easier. Imagine having different and highly fashionable athletic wear in your wardrobe. Who wouldn’t want to show it off? For me, it’s a pleasure, as well as my job, to do exactly that. However, getting yourself to the gym in your beat-up sweatpants each day is not quite the trend we want to follow. The proper attire will help bolster your motivation and inspire you to visit your studio or gym, start that run or take that fitness class.

Clothes are a reflection of you; they are how you present yourself to the world. Why not tell the world, your gym and yourself that you are ready to have an amazing workout? VT

Katie Kannapell Ryser is the owner of Club Pilates and CycleBar. Both studios are located at the 4600 Shelbyville Road Plaza.