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10 Things Not To Wear at The Gym

10 Things Not To Wear at The Gym

We all like to look good and feel good about ourselves, but, for many of us this means having to venture to the gym every now and then to top up our peak physical appearance. However, many of you will already know, that many men like to take what they wear to the gym a little bit too far, whether that’s wearing denim or going completely shirtless, there are some sights to behold when going to the gym, so I’m here to tell you what not to wear to the gym so you can get it right every time.

1. Vibram 5 Finger Shoes

These shoes have had their fair bit of controversy surrounding them whether they’re acceptable at all to wear let alone to the gym. For those of you who haven’t heard of these heinous shoes then I don’t know where you’ve been! Originally designed to be worn for walking or hiking many have adopted them into their everyday wardrobes, which is just wrong!

I know some of you will be saying that they’re great for grip and are generally acceptable to wear in the gym, but I’m afraid I’m going to VETO that decision and inform you to invest in a pair of proper, specially designed exercising shoes as they will leave with a better reputation than the individually toed shoes that plague our lives.

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    2. Boots

    Boots? To the gym? Yes, it happens. Too many times we’ve seen streams of men sporting a form of boot, whether they’re combat boots or some other variant of these highly inappropriate shoes.

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    Boots are designed to keep your feet warm and dry across particularly difficult terrain, not the treadmill. Much like the individually toed shoes, boots just shouldn’t be worn as they’ll make your feet sweat more than they need to, and once you’ve finished at the gym you’ll have the smelliest feet going. So rather than the smell of your feet being hot in everyone’s nostrils opt for a pair of specially designed gym shoes instead.

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      3. Leggings

      Who would’ve thought that the day would would come when we’re telling men not to wear leggings. Well, that day is here and you should start listening to the voice in the back of your head questioning your choice of legwear.

      Leggings for men, or meggings as they like to be known, are literally what they say on the tin. Skin tight pieces of lycra or polyester that hardly leave anything to the imagination aren’t a good look when you’re building up a sweat and, if you don’t have supportive underwear on, your nether regions may be flapping around down there for the whole world and its mother to see. Instead, opt for a pair of just above the knee shorts or tracksuit bottoms to get you through your gym session.

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        4. Barely There Vests

        Now, I, and many others like me, have a problem with these vests whether they’re worn in the gym or not. A barely there vest is pretty much what is says, and I’m pretty sure that you’ve seen one of these criminal pieces of clothing in the flesh, but if you haven’t then buckle up kiddo. The straps of the vest, for some reason, come down way past the chest and just cover the nipple, with the remaining part of the vest starting somewhere past the navel.

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        Instead of letting people suffer with the vision of what is essentially elongated nipple tassles then opt for a sports T-shirt. There are a massive range of gym clothes that you can choose from, so please, I urge you not to wear a barely there vest.

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          5. Short Shorts

          You’ve never skipped leg day, not even once, and I get it, you want to show off your muscular pins, but sometimes the shorts that some blokes wear can be a little bit too short, verging into hotpants territory.

          Short shorts aren’t a good look, no matter what occasion you’re wearing them to, and many don’t offer you the support or modesty in certain areas where they really should. Instead of these uncontrollable shorts opt for a pair that hit you just above the knee to ensure that they don’t ride up too much leaving little to the imagination.

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            6. Denim

            You’d be surprised what people think is appropriate to wear to the gym, and denim seems to crop up more often than you’d first think. Denim isn’t a suitable material to wear whilst you’re working up a sweat as it’s not designed to keep you cool nor is it designed to be worn during physical exercise.

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            I can only imagine what state you’d end up in if you wore jeans to the gym, some chaffing I’d imagine, so instead wear something light and airy. Pick a material that will keep you cool whist you’re working up a sweat, and they’re plenty out there, as this will only benefit you in the long run.

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              7. Sandals

              Again you may be thinking who on earth would wear sandals to the gym, but it unfortunately happens. Like most things seen in the gym sandals are the right footwear to sport when you’re working out as they offer no support to your foot, nor are they designed for sport, so let’s leave that one there.

              Again, go for a shoe that will offer you support and keep your foot in tip top condition when you’re in the gym. Foot support is vital when you’re exercising as you can really do some damage to your foot and legs if you’re not careful. So, for safety and support more than anything, please don’t wear sandals to the gym.

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                8. Nothing At All

                We get it, you like to work out and you like to show it off, but save it for the beach because other people probably don’t want to see your bare chest five inches away from where they’re working out. Get yourself a gym T-shirt or top to see you through your gym session in both style and modesty.

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                  9. Too Much Neon

                  Neon is a great material to wear when you’re out running or cycling at night so other people and vehicles can see you, but the gym, I hope, is fairly well lit so you don’t have to wear it there. So, if you don’t want people seeing you on the rowing machine from the next town over, then stick to more subtle and less in-your-face colours.

                  Go for a black or red sports top as these will be less likely to show off sweat marks and stains than other colours. Also, if you want to work out without people seeing you then the darker the colour the better.

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                    10. Massive Headphones

                    The 70’s have been and gone and so has the need for massive headphones. If you want to look like Starsky and Hutch running down the beach then be my guest, but for comfort and a less likely headphone to fall off when you’re working out then go for an in ear pair.

                    I’m pretty sure the phone you have came with a pair of headphones, which are more than suitable to wear to the gym. After a while though, these can get a little bit too uncomfortable, so go for a pair of headphones that have cushioning around the speaker part.

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                      Last Updated on August 10, 2020

                      8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

                      8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

                      The importance of effective goal setting cannot be overstated on our personal journeys towards success. This is why there are countless articles out there on how to set your own SMART goals and even why it’s a skill commonly taught to a small degree in classrooms.

                      Learning the importance of goal setting and the benefits of sticking to those goals can be the defining factor determining whether we truly embrace the importance of goal setting. The more willing we are to embrace this method, the more likely we become to reach our personal definitions of personal and professional success.

                      Thus, today’s article is going to walk you through some of the benefits you’ll see from learning to set goals for yourself and answer the question, “why is goal setting important?”

                      1. Goals Guide and Align Our Focus

                      It’s hard to get to where you want to be in life if you don’t know what you’re aiming for. Some people believe avoiding goals means living a more care-free life. How many times have you heard the phrase “If I have no expectations, then I can’t be disappointed”?

                      But is that really what our lives have come to? Living just to avoid disappointment? It doesn’t seem like an overly optimistic view in my opinion. And since you’re reading this article, I’m willing to bet that you agree with me.

                      Without goals, we lack a degree of direction and focus. Sure you may be able to avoid disappointment, but just avoiding disappointment doesn’t mean you are necessarily happy.

                      Without goals, we will pointlessly waste our time, energy, and efforts. Listen to anybody who is the top of their field and they’ll tell you something like this,

                      “Yes talent is important, but often your success depends much more on what you decide to do with that talent.”

                      And what you will do with your talent largely depends on your focus.

                      Your goals give you direction. Your goals give you something to shoot for. This direction and target you create in your mind will help you to progress towards your main life goals rather than simply wander around aimlessly. These goals will help you align your actions and behaviors as you continue moving forward.

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                      So, why is goal setting important? Because it gives you direction, alignment, and purpose!

                      2. Goals Help You Avoid ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’

                      Basically, shiny object syndrome is always being in pursuit of the next big thing, constantly switching your goals based on what you feel is most fun and interesting at the given moment, but never actually giving yourself time to accomplish any of those goals.

                      You don’t get anywhere because you continually change the direction you are heading in. This is one of the consequences that may result if you decide to live a life without goals.

                      Your goals can sometimes help you to create mental barriers, or blinders, that help you to remain focused on what you think is important and avoid the things that are second priority. When you outline goals for yourself, you are better able to avoid things that distract you from achieving and accomplishing those goals.

                      Setting goals helps you to step around the other shiny objects because you’ve taken the time to make some mental notes that remind you what it is that you want from your life. Your goals act as subconscious deterrents to anything less than your main priorities. This is what helps you to reach your personal definition of success.

                      So, why is goal setting important? Because not only do goals tell you what you want from life, but they also help you realize what you need to give up and avoid to achieve that.

                      3. Goals Turn Our Largest Goals into Manageable Steps

                      A lot of us have big hopes and dreams. It’s one of the things that make our lives exciting!

                      But a lot of us never take the time to figure out how we can effectively get from point A to point B. So, sadly, we never fully achieve those goals. We look at our dreams and convince ourselves that only a select few people ever achieve them, so we write ourselves off as people not meant to reach that level of success. Looking at the end product of a goal can be intimidating, daunting, and discourage us from even pursuing them.

                      Thankfully, goal setting helps us break large intimidating goals into smaller ones. These small steps and more achievable goals will help us to build momentum and will encourage us to keep working towards the next phase of our goal. The form the foundation from which we can begin building the life that we truly hope to have for ourselves, our families, and may even for our communities depending on how big your goals are!

                      Whenever I get talking about this aspect of goal setting, I can’t help but think about the mountain climbing analogy, and that the easiest way to climb a mountain is simply step by step.

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                      So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting gives you a list of manageable steps that you can take in order to take your life from where it is now to where you want it to go both effectively and efficiently.

                      4. Goals Encourage You to Take Action

                      This builds on the last benefit of goal setting. Not only does effective goal setting help you break down your larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones, but it also encourages you to actually begin taking action on those goals. After all, a plan is completely worthless if you aren’t willing to invest the effort required to execute it.

                      Setting your goals and putting your plan in place motivates you to begin taking action towards achieving them. These goals give you something to plan and work towards. Essentially, they help propel you forward.

                      What I like to do is write out and place my goals somewhere that I’ll regularly see them. This constantly serves as a reminder of my top priorities. It allows me to focus on taking small progressive actions towards achieving these goals daily.

                      This ensures that I don’t fall into the trap of setting a goal, beginning to work towards it for a while, but then having my motivation fade resulting in me falling off track. This is exactly what many people see happen when it comes to their “New Year’s Resolutions.”

                      If you want to learn about how to take action towards achieving your goal, here’s how: How To Take Action Towards Your Goals Right Now

                      So, why is goal setting important? Because goal setting actually motivates you to stop thinking about your goals and actually get out there and achieve them!

                      5. Goal Setting Helps You Continually Improve

                      This is something that a lot of personal development and self-improvement writers talk about, continual improvement. For those of you who are not aware of the term, continual improvement is exactly what it sounds like — taking small steps towards improvement as frequently as you can to develop into the person you want to become.

                      What’s the point in improving a little bit each day if you’re not improving in the areas that you want to improve in after all?

                      The goals that you define for yourself will inevitably shape you into the person who you want to become. They’ll shape your character. Your goals can help you measure your progress as you strive for this type of development.

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                      Essentially, having goals helps you determine where you started, where you are now, and how much further you need to go. In this manner, your goal setting can serve as milestones and benchmarks that help you determine how well you’re progressing towards your most important goals!

                      So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting helps you make improvements each day that will slowly transition you into the person you want to become.

                      6. Goal Setting Keeps You Accountable

                      Not only does setting goals help you measure your progress, but it also is a means through which you can keep yourself accountable. Too many goals fail because they lack this crucial aspect of outlining accountability.

                      For example, if I have the goal to do 50 push-ups, that’s great. Most people would support that goal. However, this goal lacks accountability. When do I want to accomplish this goal by and what steps do I take to get there? These are important questions that the original goal leaves unanswered.

                      A much more descriptive and specific goal could be to do 50 push-ups within the next 3 months by starting at 5 push-ups, and then adding 5 each week. This goal outlines the deadline as well as the steps I’m going to take to achieve it. This plan will keep me accountable because if I fail to retain my progression schedule, I will know that I’m not going to achieve the goal on time.

                      Additionally, it can serve as a marker helping to signify when something is impeding my progress that I may not have initially accounted for. This tells me that I need to re-evaluate what I’m doing and figure out what adjustments I can make to facilitate my success.

                      So, why is goal setting important? Setting goals is key to keeping ourselves accountable and on-track towards accomplishing our goals according to the schedules and deadlines we set for ourselves.

                      7. Goals Make You Feel Good

                      Trust me, the progress you feel as you set and achieve goals can become super motivating and super addicting (in a good way)! The dopamine release you get from achieving your goals is like a little reward for our brains that continually motivates us to try and hit that next goal!

                      Having some clearly defined goals will help you to feel better about yourself and your life in general, especially when you stick to those goals, actively work towards achieving them, and end up accomplishing and surpassing your initial expectations. I’m not the oldest book on the shelf myself, but I can attest that there are not many feelings quite like the one you experience when you truly get on a roll!

                      Additionally, our goals give us an endpoint to shoot for. Rather than progress for progress’s sake, you can actually see where you’re heading! That’s so much more rewarding. Think about a long car trip as a kid. You ask “if you’re there yet?” ever 20 minutes. It seems like the drive drags on forever.

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                      If you don’t know where you’re going, you risk the journey becoming tedious. It doesn’t tend to be much fun wandering around aimlessly. Goals make us feel good about where we’re directing ourselves.

                      So, why is goal setting important? Because setting goals and accomplishing them plain and simply make us feel better about ourselves and our lives!

                      8. Goals Help You Live Your Best Life

                      I’ve talked a lot in this article about how goal setting helps us progress towards our top priorities and live the way we truly want to live. So I think it’s fit to end the article with this goal because, in the end, I feel it’s the most important one.

                      Setting your goals and clearly defining what they mean to you will help you live a life that is tailored to your beliefs and values. Your life will become directed towards the things that you most want to achieve.

                      Life is a tricky game and only in very rare circumstances are things handed to us on a silver platter. Often it takes a great degree of work, planning, and effortful execution of both.

                      There is no point clinging on to things in your life if they don’t bring you happiness or help you accomplish something that, in some way, aligns with your goals.

                      Simply put, setting goals helps us live a life that allows us to pursue the challenges and rewards that we truly want to achieve.

                      So, why is goal setting important? Because our time is always limited, and setting clearly defined goals can help ensure that you make the most of your life and live to the fullest! Find out more here: How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life

                      Final Thoughts

                      These are just a few of the benefits of goal setting that outline why it truly is so important. If you take a moment or two, I bet that you can even think of a few more benefits yourself that you could add to this list.

                      If I could leave you with something, it would be this:

                      Goal setting has the potential to take us to some amazing places in life because we all have talent and ambitions. To achieve your biggest dreams, you need to be willing to sit down and create a life design uniquely tailored to you that will help you achieve them!

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