I have become a 2018 gym-bore.
In fact my gym journey began in 2017 when a very athletic ex of mine reintroduced me to the wonders of working out in a much more fun and practical way. Since then I’ve been hooked, and knowing lots of PTs and gym bunnies, I’m now known to post my check ins and PBs to social media; and i couldn’t be more happy.
Train is good for brain!
At first i had enough residual active wear to cover my first few months, but with my changing shape and regular gym jaunts, i have found i needed at least three sets of gym clothes – plus pieces suitable for certain workouts and just for where by body is at sometimes.
Being based out the back of a charity depot at the time, i was able to pick up a few pieces of pre-loved gym wear – this is more common than often thought due to the changing sizes of those using it, and of course the very body conscious nature of a workout environment. You wanna look good!
So here are my tips to a sustainable workout wardrobe:
Borrow, swap, swish.
Now the January fitness rush is over, there will be a lot of unused lycra hanging in peoples wardrobes, so why not get a few of you together and swap fitness tips as well as clothing. Even putting up an ad in your local gym or leisure centre can build into quite an event.
I’ll be co-hosting a swish with Easton Energy Group in Bristol next month, and active wear is one thing I’m really hoping to find!
More tips of organising your own swish in next weeks blog.
Second hand shop.
A lot of charity shops don’t display second hand active wear as people can be reluctant to buy it – but like any other well washed garment – gym wear is safe to wear if you give it a quick wash yourself first! I have often come across unworn gym wear in charity or second hand shops, and E-bay can be a goldmine for such items.
Adapt what you have.
A lot of tees, vests, and even leggings are more than suitable for your workout, and with a little clever cutting and sewing leggings can become shorts, and old t-shirts can be vests.
Sports vest tutorial to follow!
Certain items such as sports bras, or trainers are best bought new /unused so check out ethical brands for these. Yes, they are more expensive than the high street, but low prices are just what we are used to – ethical fashion and quality cost money.
Brands such as Teeki, and PHVLO are producing eco friendly clothing, and even Ellesse have items produced from recycled plastics. H&M conscious range is much lauded amongst fitness fans, but you wont find Kecks promoting such an unethical fast fashion brand.
Shop for natural fibre wherever possible!
Observing wash labels is especially important to stretch and plastic based fabrics, so wash cool and as little as possible to maintain integrity.
Airing sweaty clothes in direct sunlight will often do the job a few times – give it a try!
Using delicates bags and even a pillow case can also help prevent the distribution of microfibres into our oceans – microfibres now account for 85% of shoreline pollution (Plastic Pollution Coalition) so avoiding synthetic fibres and preventing the spread during washing is important.
Let me know your ethical brand favourites and tips!