For many of us the motivation to workout takes quite some time. Years of accumulated ‘health’ around the abdomen, thighs and arms isn’t easy to part with. The follow up to those initial motivational urges are very much needed. And these come in different shapes and types.
A friend of mine was in a mood to lose those extra pounds and began to ponder about it most of the time. The inspiration in this case was a svelte actress of yesteryears, who was rather well formed in her younger days, but after a brief hiatus made a comeback onto the pages of the glossies in her new avatar. She looked ravishing, new and breathtakingly beautiful. Of particular interest to my friend were her clothes! She pored over them mulling, musing, trying to understand how clothes looked good over a toned body. Her interest piqued and she bought all the fitness magazines she could lay her hands on to know more about fitness clothes and routines.
Yes it was clothes that motivated my friend to dip into her savings and sign up for a yoga workout at a gym. And the very next minute she dashed out to shop for some exquisite fitness clothes that ooze style, comfort in every sense of the term like Fabletics! I thought that was too hasty a decision, but science and research have proved me wrong.
To be inspired is one thing, but to stay inspired is quite a challenge. My friend found the motivation to stay inspired by getting into fitness clothes. Researchers at the North-western University in Illinois have found that by wearing the right comfortable gear could get you in the right frame of mind to exercise and likely to make you work out more effectively too. And this is called, ‘enclothed cognition’ in other words it puts the effects of clothing on the brain’s cognitive process. Scientists say humans do not just think with brains but with bodies too! For example: Researchers have interesting findings that noted, people wearing the white coats of doctors paid serious attention to actions and words than those who were told that the white coat belonged to a painter! This explains why there are dress codes and workplace norms to set up a certain perception in the people working there.
Psychologists have agreed that the type of clothes people wear to the gym really helped with their motivation. We see people in their workout attire and the first thing that comes to mind, ‘Isn’t she/he a health conscious person’? You wear athletic clothing, you become active, yearn to go to the gym and workout as intensely as possible. But there are always those exceptional cases; those who do buy athletic clothing that hibernate in their closet. These people need more than motivation they need a bull dozer to get off that bed! Let’s talk about that another day.
To sum up the right workout clothes plays a big part in the success of working out. Baggy pants and cotton t-shirts may be great to laze around the house but the right workout clothes not only inspire and motivate you, they also do a LOT more than most of us can even fathom.