Is there a better feeling than slipping into a new, perfect-fitting gym outfit? We’d say, ‘Yes most definitely!’ And for us, that’s smashing a workout thanks to technical, supportive and flattering activewear that gives you an extra bit of confidence to simply go for it.
And it’s not just our own ‘dress for success’ experience, it’s scientifically proven. So, while you may never have heard of ‘enclothed cognition’,we bet you’ve most definitely felt it.
The term was coined by social psychologists Adam Hajo and Adam Galinsky, from Northwest University, with research demonstrating a link betweenwhat we wear, how we think and feel, and how it influences our confidence.
And while ‘dress for success’ is most often associated with career dressing, it can pay untold dividends in the gym. We’ve all been there, working out in old, see-thru leggings and your partner’s baggy t-shirt, worrying about what it's revealing, or where your waist has gone, rather than on working up a sweat.
Pulling on activewear that motivates you to workout, brings you one step closer to the feel-good affects associated with exercise, created as your brain releases mood-boosting endorphins.
Other positives with technical gym kit includesweat-wicking, breathable materials that take away any fear of sweat patches or feeling damp; compression fabrics help to improve your performance by improving joint awareness, local blood flow, waste product removal, reduce swelling, reduce muscle oscillations and decrease post-exercise muscle soreness. Good quality items will wear and wash well, to provide continued support, be it hugging your chest or shaping your rear.
Add a splash of your own personality to your gym outfit with bright colours, a great print or a cool gym bag. This can also be energising and give you an extra feel-good push through your workout.
As the saying goes,‘The proof is in the pudding!’And here’s what our customers reveal gives them the feel-good factor (with or without the pudding!)
“I've found my perfect leggings - equally great for yoga, the gym or running. Providing both style and function - the fabric is just the right thickness and the design very cleverly creates a figure enhancing flattering shape (even before I've put in the workout hours). Many thanks My Gym Wardrobe, these leggings have provided me with some much-needed confidence.”
TC - Shape Marathon Tight
“They provide superb firm support in high impact workouts - I never have to adjust them. They also stay completely dry even when I'm really sweaty, so they are fine to wear out and about after gym class! I feel as though my workouts are working me out better when I wear these leggings :-) They are also so stylish; I love wearing them outside of the gym as much as I do in my class.”
Melanie - All Fenix Leggings
“I wanted to let you know I felt really sassy in the gym over the weekend wearing my leggings. They are so comfy you don’t notice they’re on! It so helps when you work out in amazing gym clothes. I did a workout in the weight section, which I never do!”
Nicola - NUX Leggings
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