So…sometimes I find myself mulling around some questions in my head and I’m curious what you guys think…one thing I’ve been thinking about is modesty and fitness.
Does being fit mean you have the “right” to show off your body?
Does someone’s size mean they should or shouldn’t show off more?
Does working out mean you should or need to wear tighter clothes?
Does it make a difference where you are? You’re with your running group as opposed to your coworkers?
Does the weather matter? If it’s 90 degrees and humid is it okay to rock your run in your sports bra?
Do you think modesty and self confidence are related? I.e. Someone who is more self confident is more likely to be “showing off” their body; versus someone who is not as confident is more likely to be covering it up. Or does being self confident mean you don’t “need” to show off your body…or is it all personal preference?
I’m really more curious about YOUR answers. I think everyone is going to have different ones. Here are a few of mine.
To me, I was raised pretty conservatively (think Baptist) so shorts and a tank top are about as risqué of clothing as you will ever see me in. Also, I’m in a slightly unique situation that my gym, work, and home are all basically the same place so yes, I may run (haha! accidental pun!) into my boss or coworkers at the gym or as I trot around my neighborhood which could be potentially awkward if I chose to run in my sports bra.
(Ooh look, a tank top! Those shoulders are coming out to play!)
Also, my husband’s opinion on modesty issues matters to me. I don’t want him to feel uncomfortable about something I leave the house in so I’ve let him have the final say about three particular modesty issues with fitness that I was on the fence about: running in sports bras, yoga pants/leggings outside of yoga, and running tights. He ruled nay on all three. I’d probably feel fine about all three in the right situation, but it’s not really that big of a deal to throw on a tank top or a pair of shorts over my running tights, even for a race day or “fitness” situation where it would be deemed appropriate by most people.
(Winter running=ultra modest running, the more layers the better!)
With that being said these are my choices and I’m comfortable with them. If you choose differently that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends or if we meet up and you’re still in your yoga pants that I’m judging you. I’ll probably just ask where you bought them because we all know you can always use more yoga pants.
As for showing off your body…what entails “showing off” I think varies widely from person to person. And honestly, if someone is fit (guy or gal) they don’t have to take off their shirt and flex to prove it—you can see it! To me, the most important showing off I do is when it’s just me and the mirror. Being happy with that reflection makes me happy. And wearing that confidence out everyday is how I show off to the world!
Weigh In!! Answer one of the above questions or just share your thoughts on fitness and modesty.