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To wear sportswear when I'm not going to the gym?

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HelenLaBloodyAnnoyed Mon 11-Mar-19 23:10:41

As much as I kid myself that I'd be a total gym bunny if it wasn't for having small DC hanging off me all day, realistically I haven't been to the gym in years and won't be able to go til my youngest gets his funded hours in another two years. However, I find myself liking sportswear. Is it totally unreasonable to wear it if you aren't going to be working out? I do have a fairly active lifestyle in that we're usually walking the dog/going to soft play/going swimming/going to the park...

ILoveMaxiBondi Mon 11-Mar-19 23:12:53

I wear it all the time! My job is physical and requires me to be able to move with ease. Sportswear is perfect for it. I used to feel like a bit of a fraud but so many people are doing the same I think it’s just normal now.

SpoonBlender Mon 11-Mar-19 23:13:02

Wear what you like!

Except onesie plus dressing gown to breakfast in hotels, that's bad.

sleepalldays Mon 11-Mar-19 23:15:01

@HelenLaBloodyAnnoyed go for it! I work out at home (Pilates/yoga/body weight exercises) and wear gym wear.
Would doing some exercise at home be feasible for you? My routine only takes 20-30mins depending on what I do and it's really toned me up (size 8 at 5'8) and makes me feel strong and motivated during the day.
(I'm happy to post it on here if it helps you?)

I usually wear it also to walk to dog on long hikes, but plenty of people wear it out and about too. Just make sure you have some gym leggings that aren't see through!! (Or wear a long top)

Birdie6 Mon 11-Mar-19 23:15:21

It's all the rage where I live - activewear is like a uniform for a lot of girls.

Thisisnotadrill Mon 11-Mar-19 23:21:40

YABU unless you live in the North East.

Then it’s just your crime clothes.

ILoveMaxiBondi Mon 11-Mar-19 23:24:15

Crime clothes? confused

SocksInPeril Mon 11-Mar-19 23:26:49

Wear whatever you like. smile

sleepalldays Mon 11-Mar-19 23:27:00

@Thisisnotadrill do you mean trackies? I think op was referring to nice gym wear (eg leggings, sports bra, top) as opposed to sweatsuits.

HelenLaBloodyAnnoyed Mon 11-Mar-19 23:34:58

Yes sleepalldays - like Superdry or Nike leggings and tees

sleepalldays Mon 11-Mar-19 23:36:09

@HelenLaBloodyAnnoyed wish I could afford Nike😩 it's forever 21 or H&M for me! But they still have really good leggings that make you look awesome!

stopgap Tue 12-Mar-19 00:02:54

“Athleisure” clothing dominates here, although I do live in an utterly fitness-obsessed US town.

Bellasorellaa Tue 12-Mar-19 01:31:18

Nothing wrong with this

Lovingbenidorm Tue 12-Mar-19 01:37:43

Not unreasonable at all!
The trick is when taking kids to school, you put on some Lycra, scrape hair back (no makeup needed)
“Yeah, I’m straight off to the gym” 😁
Get home, cup of tea with the paper.
We’ve all done it

Lovingbenidorm Tue 12-Mar-19 01:47:50

Ps this doesn’t work with a shitty baggy tracksuit, I’m talking Sweaty Betty

habibihabibi Tue 12-Mar-19 02:34:15

*Then it’s just your crime clothes*grin

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 12-Mar-19 02:35:38

Crime clothes.

hannah9176 Tue 12-Mar-19 02:39:32

I love wearing gym clothes as normal clothes. Comfy and an excuse not to do your hair & makeup perfect 😂

HundredMilesAnHour Tue 12-Mar-19 08:47:51

I think I must have been living in a bubble as the penny only dropped for me recently that people are wearing gym clothes but not going to the gym in them. I guess I'm a slow learner. blush

I only wear my gym clothes to and from the gym, although quite often I will run errands on my way home so I am often found in gym gear (leggings, vest, sweatshirt) in the local bakery, supermarket etc.

A few weekends ago I stopped by Broadway Market on my way home from my usual Sat morning HIIT class and realised that at least half of the women there were wearing gym clothes. Then I noticed that none of them had actual bags (rucksacks etc) so they probably hadn't been (or were going) to the actual gym. And the penny dropped for me. I am still slightly baffled by it. I guess I'm old school. blush If you see me in gym kit, its because I've been exercising (or I'm about to). But my approach seems to be unusual these days!

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