To quote a 2018 New York Times piece, written by Honor Jones, and titled "Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women":
"Remember sweatpants? Women used to wear them, not so long ago. You probably still have a pair, in velour or terry cloth, with the name of a college or sports team emblazoned down the leg.
No one looks good in sweatpants. But that’s not the point. They’re basically just towels with waistbands. They exist for two activities: lounging and exercising — two activities that you used to be able to do without looking like a model in a P90X infomercial."
I would like to propose (as I've done very consistently in my current role, over the past 3 1/2 years) that we observe Sweatpants Thursdays. Is this mic on???
Much like Blue Jean Fridays, this new MOVEment would allow for a relaxed and productive work atmosphere.
I don't know about you, but I get more done when I'm comfortable. I just do. I bet we ALL do.
Additionally, can we all just agree that the gym/park (wherever you choose to work out) is not a place where it's a requirement to look sexy? I'm going there to sweat and I'm not 100% sure that I want to sweat in clothes that are already clinging to my body (I'm talking to you, yoga pants) or in full makeup. I want to wear a loose-fitting t-shirt and some comfortable pants. I want to toss my hair up in a ponytail (no, not an artfully planned messy bun), skip the makeup altogether and still feel comfortable walking into a group of people who are there for the same reason i am - to work out! Because, again, I'm more productive when I'm comfortable. How about you?
Don't get me wrong, I like a cute yoga pant and may occasionally wear them to...i don't know...run errands. Both sweatpants and yoga pants have their place. In fact, here are a few benefits of both:
Sweatpants increase body heat, causing you to become hot and sweat more quickly during your workout. It takes extra calories to cool your body down when you sweat, so the additional heat caused by sweatpants can help you burn a few additional calories. Sweatpants help to avoid a sunburn. They save you time if you don’t want to worry about sunscreen. In muggy weather when mosquitoes are out in full force, the pants protect your legs from nasty bites, and if you exercise in natural settings or high grass, your pants provide you some protection from ticks, spiders and thorny bushes.
Sweatpants trap heat close to your body and can help you warm up your muscles more quickly. It’s much safer to exercise warm muscles than cold ones. Theoretically, then, sweatpants might help you reduce your risk of injury, particularly if you tend to avoid warm-up routines.
Sweatpants help wick away moisture, keeping you cool and dry. Choose sweatpants made of material specifically designed to wick away moisture and steer clear of heavy fabrics that absorb moisture, such as fleece.
Yoga pants make you feel good from the inside out. A nice pair of yoga pants and an over-sized sweater can go a long way toward making a daunting day seem a little more approachable. (Perhaps a day with several errands?)
Wearing your yoga pants at all times means you can do a downward dog next to your desk, or effortlessly pop your leg up onto a fence the moment the impulse strikes. (Hmmm. Yoga Pants Thursdays?)
The stretchable pants allow for unconstrained movements like kicking, bending and several others.
The light-weight fabric does not hinder the movement of the body.
The point is - If you've joined MOVE Columbia County, or are thinking of joining, I hope you'll come however you feel most-comfortable.
We're hoping to build a sense of community and I think that that starts with making these groups and workouts feel like you're meeting up with an old friend.
My boss may not sign off on my proposed Thursday work attire , but we'll be happy to see you no matter what you wear!