How To Be Fat At The Gym
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Being fat is nothing to be ashamed of, yet shame is the feeling felt by so many of us that don’t measure up to the ideal body size. There are many reasons why a person could gain weight but it seems that generally the thought is if you are fat, you are lazy. Hmmm, I wonder how they concept came to be?? But that’s not what this post is about. This post is dedicated to those people who are fat, want to lose the weight, want to join a gym, but are afraid of the backlash.
I’m fat, so let’s get that part out-of-the-way. I rarely use filters on my pictures and when I do, it’s something you can obviously tell is a filter but I don’t use things to alter my looks…I just like stickers and emojis. What I’ve never liked is that I can be slim one day, and huge the next. My problem area: THE MIDSECTION – ALL OF IT! My biggest shameful area is my tummy. I have to be extremely strict with what I eat or else my tummy inflates and it’s bye bye sexiness…well in my mind anyway.
Let me say that I am that person who doesn’t necessarily like going to the gym but I’ve had a gym membership for years, on and off. My recent membership hasn’t been used as often as it should but that’s because I enjoy working out at home. It suits my comfort level.
What To Wear
Ugh, I can totally understand anyone who is overweight in the tummy section feeling less than confident when trying to get ready for the gym. Yes, for the normal folk throwing on a t-shirt and shorts, or leggings/sweatpants/joggers, along with sneakers and heading to the gym is a no-brainer.
I mean what’s so difficult about that??? Right.
Certain areas of the body, if not in shape, can really be a hassle when attempting to put on clothing. A simple tank top or t-shirt becomes FULL EXPOSURE to your vulnerabilities. The “muffin top” is no longer hidden and the rolls on your back, no not bread, are signing loud and proud for all of the world to see.
Is this an extremely dramatic description??? Yes. But is it the true feelings of an overweight person attempting to workout around others??? Yes, it truly is.
T-Shirts: Compression or Loose-Fitted
For women, if your problem area is your belly portions, there are t-shirts that compress the area without placing a lot of attention on the belly. The color should be black or dark grey. If you’re attempting to cover the fact that your belly fat is a problem, dark colors work wonders. Colors like yellow, red, pink, or purple are not flattering for someone is who has a big belly.
If you don’t want to go with a compression shirt, find a loose-fitting t-shirt that doesn’t hug your belly. This option works good with a pair of leggings, or for men, a pair of shorts. Loosely fitting t-shirts works because they are comfortable, and it doesn’t matter if your problems area is the belly, arms, back, or all…you can move your upper body freely while at the gym.
For men and women, if you choose to wear a loose t-shirt, try to get a t-shirt that flatters your upper body shape. Just because you carry weight up top, doesn’t mean you can’t wear a loose t-shirt that still flatters your figure. Again, try to stick with neutral colors up top.
Bottoms: Shorts, Sweats, Leggings
Raise your hand if you’ve ever worn the wrong type of bottoms to workout. I have both hands raised. Imagine wearing a pair of denim jeans to do any type of workout. Are your thighs sweating just from the thought of it? I’ve seen it done before. Heck I’ve worn a full on sweater dress to workout before because I was determined to not let me lack of “proper attire” ruin my motivation. So what works for men and women when working out??
It all depends on your preference.
Personally, my choice is leggings because they make me feel the least jiggly. Leggings tend to tighten my skin so while working out, I feel like I look more toned/defined from the waist down. I’ve talked to some of my female friends and they say that they prefer leggings as well because they are comfortable making it possible to move around during a workout. One friend actually mentioned that if it’s a neutral color, you can wear them multiple times to the gym without notice. Plus, they aren’t that expensive, and you can pair them with any type of top.
For men, I usually see them wearing either the jersey type shorts (basketball shorts), or sweatpants.They all look like they are pretty comfortable to me but I’m not a guy. If I had to choose which bottom I saw men wearing during workouts, I would pick the jersey shorts. Even during the winter I would see men wearing the jersey shorts, with the compression leggings underneath.
Again, it is all about what you prefer and what you’re comfortable wearing. I think it’s really something to feeling a bit of coolness to your legs when you’re getting a good workout in and if you’re wearing something baggy, like sweatpants, the heat could get a little overbearing.
At the end of the day, whether you are a man or woman, whatever you choose to wear to the gym is certainly your choice. The gym is the one place fashion shouldn’t take precedence over comfort, but I’ve seen otherwise. Wearing the extra pounds is already a hassle to deal with, and for someone like myself, it’s a huge hassle during the workweek when fighting to find something “body-flattering” to wear to work. The last thing an overweight person should need to worry about is whether they look cute at the gym. However, it is a concern. Who doesn’t want to look nice when they are out in a public place? But what we shouldn’t do is allow those thoughts to overtake self-esteem and try to fit into the fashion choices of other gym goers.
If it’s hot, layers may not be the best idea for dressing to workout. If it’s cold, layers are your friend, but that should be the extent of your worries. Be brave, look in the mirror, pair your top and bottom, and whichever flows freely allowing you to sweat and stay cool – that’s the winning gym attire. It is not necessary to buy hundreds of dollars worth of gym clothes, just find what works for you and stick with it until you start to drop the pounds.
Remember what I mentioned earlier, chickens have fat. Fat is not a bad word. I know it’s hard to hear when someone uses it as an insult but if you’re working towards bettering your health, don’t give the word any negative power over your self-worth.
Clothing is only half the battle because it’s truly about how you feel about yourself. When you’re battling a weight issue, it can be really damning to your self-confidence. The seemingly simplest things like going to the park, or in this case a gym, can really bring on anxiety. So, finding clothing that fits your body type helps to increase your self-confidence, but you could still battle with that voice in the back of your mind telling you that “everyone is going to laugh at you”.
Building self-confidence can take some time, but facing your fear is the first step. I know it may sound like the hardest thing to do but really, getting out of the house, walking into the gym, and using that first piece of equipment is really a tremendous feat. Thirty, forty, or sixty minutes later you can say that you’ve completed your first workout and hopefully you’ll realize that not too many people, if any, paid any attention to you. You’ll come to understand that it was all in your mind really, and that’ll enhance your ability to focus on your future workouts, as opposed to stressing over what someone may be saying about you behind your back during a workout.
Have you been in a situation when you’d avoid going to the gym due to not being able to wear a particular item? Have you ever just felt like you were to “fat” to go the gym?
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