I face the problem of camel toe in most of my workout tights. In fact, for the longest time I rejected most of my workout tights because of that. It got me thinking that instead of comfort, women have to think about so many things when they should be concentrating on just getting fit. What’s worse is when I did a google search on camel toe most links that came up were on “How to hide the camel toe?” or “How to avoid embarrassment of a camel toe?”. So, here’s the list of things, I feel, as a woman, we should not be embarrassed about and ensure we support other women rather than shaming them.
Camel Toe – We do realise that most of the tights and shorts are made of lycra and have high waist bands. We also end up pulling it up while working out. And since women also have a vagina, there’s a high probability of a camel toe showing. It’s as natural as the shape of boobs showing from a figure hugging gym tee. Let’s not be too bothered and affect the next killer squat or the 5km PB just because we were busy being conscious.
Panty line – It’s ok if it shows through a pair of tights. It mostly does. The most comfortable panties for running or workouts are cotton ones and not thongs. If you can buy seamless cotton panties great, if you can’t, then don’t be bothered about it showing during your workouts.
Hair on legs /underarms – It’s ok. We don’t always have time to shave or wax. What the hell, sometimes we are just plain lazy to do it. It can’t be the reason to not workout in shorts or 3 quarter tights or sleeveless tees or sports bra.
Boobs spilling out – It’s tough to find the right sports bra and even if you have, some of the exercises like jumping jacks and asanas like downward doggie have them spill out a bit. It’s ok. I feel better since the time I have stopped being bothered about it. No one’s bothered if you aren’t.
Stretch marks – So all of us have them. Men have them too, mostly hidden under hair. I have spent most of my life dealing with body image issues and I refuse to let them affect me anymore. I might have given birth or I might have them after losing weight or I might just have them because of any other reason. It cannot come in the way of being healthy. I will do that hang at the pull up bars, if my tee rides up, so be it.
Pokies – Every one has nipples. And one can get pokies anytime for any reason or no reason at all. Can’t keep stuffing our sports bra with extra pads or keep hunting for the perfect sports bra with the right amount of padding which also fits well!!!
It’s time that instead of looking for longer tees for our workouts, we get comfortable with our bodies. Having said that, longer tees are great too as long as we wear them because we want to and not because we are constantly trying to hide something.