Looking to justify all the running and workout gear you’ve purchased? You’ve come to the right spot. I’ve got just the reassurance you need that yes, your workout clothes can motivate you to perform.
How your workout clothes can motivate you to perform
“Dress for success” what does that really mean? What you wear and how you feel when you wear it really can influence your mood, your self confidence and your actions. While “Dress for the job you want” is most often used in the business world, it has some practical applications in the fitness and running world as well. Let me explain.
New Running Shoes
How many times have you laced up a new pair of running shoes and instantly felt a surge of confidence? Did that confidence then lead to a fantastic run? Unless you are Cinderella and those are some magic slippers, the act of dressing like a runner and feeling that you look like a runner, may have given you the psychological boost you needed.
Graphic Tee Shirts
Pulling a cute graphic tee shirt on to go out for a run or hit the (home) gym, can allow you to adopt a fun or carefree attitude. Just as an actor might become their character by donning a costume, a runner can adopt confidence to take on a tougher run. Wearing a “fun” shirt allows you to feel fun and self confident. That confidence boost can motivate you to push harder.
Look good feel good
When we feel that we look good, we tend to feel more confident and positive. Those endorphins can motivate us to perform. Take this example. You wake up on your planned Saturday rest day and throw on some baggy sweats and an old t shirt. This kind of puts you in the mood for a more relaxed, lay on the couch kind of day. The next day, you wake up on can’t wait to put on your favorite running skirt and tank. Feeling good in your outfit has now given you the motivation you need to get that workout done. You expect a certain outcome from putting on certain clothes and that leads to a certain performance.
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Especially now, when it’s so tempting to just throw on the sweats, I say, put on the new running shoes you’ve been saving. Pull out your fun, feel good outfits that you might save for race day. Dress for the part you want today: runner, cyclist or gym girl. You got this!
Tell me: Do you find certain outfits give you a mental push or psychological boost?
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