Going back to the gym can be a nerve-wracking experience for women who’ve had children. You may have taken a break postpartum, or avoided exercise for several years, but it’s never too late to get back into a good exercise routine. But one thing that often stops women from going back to the gym is feeling self-conscious, which is a shame as they could benefit from gym sessions and getting some me-time. Here’s how you can feel good about yourself when you hit the gym.
Get the right gym gear
The right gym gear should make you feel good when you put it on, so it’s worth investing in some new activewear if it’ll encourage you to get back into the activities you love.
Divine Goddess does a great range of clothing that’s suitable for yoga, the gym, or any active days, and this eco-friendly Aussie clothing company has some really cute designs. Ultimately, what you want from gym wear is for it to be well-fitted, features like high waists or well-cut tops can help you look and feel good, and to be comfortable. Make sure you choose fabrics that are comfortable and breathable too, as this will help if you’re having a particularly sweaty workout.
Don’t forget the right shoes. Not all trainers are suitable for the gym. Make sure you get a pair with good arch support that is made in a breathable fabric. Pick an on-trend style if it makes you feel good.
Make-up should be very light
Wearing too much make-up to the gym is a bad idea, and usually has the opposite intended effect, clogging your pores and running during sweaty workouts. However, some women dislike going without makeup completely, as they may feel self-conscious. Wear a light powder to cover imperfections, invest in waterproof mascara, and don’t try to wear heavy lipstick or false lashes.
You should also make sure you cleanse your skin after each workout to avoid the build-up of toxins that can harm your skin. It’s worth finding skincare tips for your skin type, so you can get a routine going and can look your best even when you’re going bare-faced.
Choose a practical hairstyle
It’s important to choose a practical hairstyle that’ll keep your hair out of your face. Nothing looks worse than having a sweaty fringe or runaway strands, so here are some styles you can try:
- Buns – from a braided bun to a top knot, there are lots of ways to wear a bun. You can also tie a scarf in there to control your hair
- Braids – braided pigtails or a French braid are ideal if you have braiding skills
- Ponytails – a high ponytail is simple and sporty
You should make sure your hair is cleansed, with minimal products, as these can cause a build-up of sweat and make you feel uncomfortable.
Looking good at the gym doesn’t necessarily mean wearing a lot of makeup or elaborate hairstyles. Keep things clean and simple and you’ll feel confident and comfortable when you work out.
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