Going to the gym is a wonderful experience and the longer you do it the better you start to feel and look. Women go to the gym for many different reasons; to get back in shape, stay healthy, maintain their figure to name but a few, but what many women fail to recognise is the special etiquette and rules that most gyms have.
It’s important to remember that this isn’t a café you’re at, to casually drink coffee with your friends, but a place for you to sweat, work hard and to not feel embarrassed or self-conscious about looking look dishevelled.
However, even the most dedicated people don’t realise that they are holding onto bad habits and this can unfortunately have bad results.
Here are my 3 top tips for improving your gym workout and to help you wave goodbye to those bad beauty habits:
Forget About Makeup
One of the biggest mistakes is wearing your makeup to the gym. It’s one thing when you don’t have time to remove your mascara before training, but a whole other thing to wear foundation, concealer, eye shadow, highlighter, lipstick etc. etc.
Some women choose to do this because they feel too self-conscious about their skin imperfections and are trying to hide them. If this is the case for you, then try a more permanent and effective solution instead. What about chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing? These will leave your skin soft and glowing and you won’t need anywhere near as much makeup as you did before.
Leave Push-up Bras in the Changing Room
Being too self-conscious will inevitably make you distracted and result in you not working out properly or to your best ability. This is one of the main reasons as to why you should find the perfect bra for the gym. Wires and straps that make your breasts look good in a dress or tight fitting shirt will be of no use while you’re sweating it out at the gym.
Instead, do your research and find the right sports bra for you based on the type of exercise you do. Not only will the right bra make you feel more confident and prevent your breasts from moving uncomfortably during workouts, but it will also protect the ligaments and tissues in your chest.
Moisturising After a Workout is a No-No
You may be tempted to moisturise after a good workout and a nice shower, but you shouldn’t do it so soon. Even after cooling down and taking a shower, your body will be hotter than usual, with a post-workout temperature slightly higher than your regular one. By applying lotions or oils to your skin at this point you will be left with a greasy, oily mess and stains on your clothes as a result. You also won’t feel the beauty of moisturising but rather frustration as your limbs turn into slippery ropes. Apply deodorant and wait a bit longer than you usually would to massage lotion into your skin.
Forgetting a piece of fitness gear, wearing old, baggy t-shirts and regular bras from time to time aren’t grave mistakes and certainly won’t damage your gym cred. However, if you repeatedly forget to bring some of your equipment or you notice your skin having bad breakouts after working out, it might be time to consider making a more significant change to your routine. Understand your strengths as well as your limitations and identify your body type for the best results.
Just remember though, that your health and safety is the most important factor of all!
Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.