Today we’re talking workout pants.
And the hotly debated topic (well… hotly debated in some circles, that is) regarding whether or not they’re appropriate in public.
I realize this isn’t exactly a workout post. However, considering we’re specifically talking workout pants, I figured today was the perfect place for this post.
Let me start off by saying- at this point in time, I haven’t made a it decision regarding the matter.
So I’m going in completely neutral.
Yet, I feel like there’s some harsh criticisms on both sides.
When a Christian blogger, wife, and mother, recently posted about her personal decision to no longer wear these types of pants in public, she received a firestorm of both praise and scoffs.
I can’t be sure, but I doubt she realized just how viral the post would go.
Yet, it brings up an interesting thought- should others dictate what we do or don’t wear?
I can honestly say, I see both perspectives, but I haven’t really made a decision on the issue.
Let’s take a look at just a couple points from both sides.
Let’s face it, yoga/workout pants make everyone’s body look great.
Especially the black ones.
They smooth dimples and sagging, and hug everything nicely.
Things just stay put.
They’re sleek and flattering.
They make our bad days better, and our good days great.
When I’m feeling pudgy from overindulging and find myself muffin topping over a pair of jeans, putting on a trusty pair of body hugging, slimming workout pants makes me feel better.
They’re confidence boosters. Feeling good is, good.
They’re functional...and comfortable.
And that’s the understatement of the year.
You’re not going to your kids soccer game and immediately to crossfit for box jumps in jeans.
You’re doing it in workout pants.
We’re hitting the gym and going to the grocery store.
We’re running a few errands, followed by yoga.
We’re living our lives, and we’re not going home to change clothes between acts.
Then there’s the comfortability factor.
They’re easy to move and do things in. Heck, I sleep in them the night before my workouts to give me one less excuse not to get up.
Here’s where I tell you I live in these things for a huge portion of the weekend.
You may think I’ve made up my mind, but the recent debate has actually got me thinking.
So those are just a couple pros, but anyone who has worn workout pants knows there are many more.
Similarly, though, there’s plenty of cons too. Let’s just look at two.
Sometimes they’re...well worn.
If you buy good gear, you can wear it for years.
Sometimes, though, all that wear causes sheerness, tears, and holes in inappropriate places.
And you may not even realize it until you’re in Walmart and your husband tells you that you’ve got a sizable hole in the upper rear section of your pants.
Not that it’s ever happened or anything…
Hey, it was Walmart on payday weekend. I belonged.
My point is, sometimes we slap those trusted puppies on without much thought.
Getting up while it’s still dark and running in sheer, well-worn workout pants is quite different than being out and about at high noon.
It may be high noon, but there could be a full moon if you’re not careful!
Just like with any piece of clothing, we gotta make sure everything is...in tact.
If not, it could be rather embarrassing. Especially for girls who go commando…
I think there’s increased scrutiny about sheer, well-worn body hugging workout pants because…
I get it.
Probably shouldn’t be wearing them to the yearly neighborhood picnic.
It’s all out there.
That’s the argument, anyway.
The slimming, body-hugging pants we love so much also don’t leave much for the imagination- especially when worn incorrectly.
And fashion offenders have ruined it for the rest of us.
It’s always that way, isn’t it?
Some critics argue wearing workout pants out and about is completely inappropriate. It makes it hard for men not to look and, er, admire God’s creation.
In Christian circles especially, there’s ongoing discussion regarding modesty, lust, and the fine line. (Good read!)
Is it wrong for women to wear them? Is she the culprit of a man’s inability to control his thoughts?
That’s another school of thought with lots of contention.
Yes, I love and wear workout pants.
I think they’re fantastic.
I wear them to workout, and I wear them to run errands.
But as a Christian trying to guard my own heart and live a life that honors God, I also see the argument that there’s a time and place for them...at the gym.
Honestly, I don’t know what I think.
I have a slew of super cute tanks with built in bras I used to workout out in all.the.time.
A couple of years ago I stopped wearing them to the gym.
Between the tight pants and the skin tight bra top tank, it just felt like too much...or perhaps I should say too little. Especially when it’s cold…
I’m already one of the only girls that lifts when I’m at the gym, and I didn’t want to draw even more attention to myself, so I stopped.
I made the decision. Not because of others shaming or being hurtful, but because of considering all the factors of my personal and specific situation.
Now I wear my “uniform.” Workout pants and about five shirts I rotate.
I find I’m more confident and not worried about being cold, if everything is secure, or if people are staring.
I feel better, and I feel it was the right thing to do based on my personal conviction.
Perhaps that’s where we ought to start. I like the post I linked above because it mentions leaving room for the Holy Spirit in the discussion.
I haven’t prayed about it, and maybe that’s a good start.
What a long post!
Hopefully I’ve given us things to think about.
Now it’s your turn. I would love to hear your thoughts on the issue.
Comment below in the “share the love” section and let me know what you think.
Thursday Things tomorrow!