I once saw a girl working out in a tankini and wondered how that was comfortable and then I wondered how she had the body acceptance to leave no bump, ripple, or squishy part to the imagination. I usually worked out wearing a baggy tshirt and loose fitting track pants. One Christmas my mom bought me leggings and a crop top and I barely had to courage to wear them lounging around at home.
That was about 20 years ago. I look back on my old gym “uniform” and wonder how I got anything done with all of that extra fabric hanging around. Not to mention how I was much trimmer in those days and wish I had shown it off more;-) Now I don running tights and tank tops almost daily, and I’m pretty dang proud of my runner’s legs, so why shouldn’t I show them off?
I am large chested and no baggy shirt will hide that fact. Once I started running regularly, I realized I needed form fitting tops to help my heavy-duty sports bra out and to feel comfortable through an arm swing. I seriously doubt wind resistance is a factor at my pace, but I know I feel faster and smoother in my skin-tight running crops. The more I comfortable I got with moving my body, the more confidence I had in wearing what worked best for me.
Could you imagine a cyclist in jeans and sweater? No. How about a dancer or gymnast in anything but a leotard? Can you imagine swimming in a dress? Of course not. I still have trouble wearing a bathing suit at the community pool (you’ll find me with a pair of board shorts on over it) so I get how it can feel intimidating to wear yoga pants or booty shorts. BUT we should be celebrating our bodies not hiding them! Wear what YOU want to wear and be damned proud of it!