Dressing up and working out: yay or nay?
In grade school, we always celebrated Halloween with a school-wide parade that allowed every student to show off their costumes to everyone else; naturally, parents were invited and always came to coo and take pictures. There’s a pretty glorious shot of me as a cheerleader in second grade, obviously super embarrassed that my parents had come and were photographing me in class.*
I always assumed this costume parade naturally ended for people once sixth grade commenced. Yes, of course we still dress up, but typically it’s for parties or in culture-driven workplaces. Little did I know, my local YMCA is actually costume-parade central. And it’s not just a prancing about to show off the level of ability to resemble The Cat in the Hat; no, it’s a full-on work out as a sparkly-haired witch, as Thing 1 and Thing 2, and it’s all taking place at 6:00am.
Never in my wildest “who are you going to be for Halloween?” dreams did I imagine I should, could, or would be donning a disguise for the gym. Apparently though, it’s not frowned upon; in fact, you might even be rewarded for it with candy (yes, the Y was passing out candy)! Kind of makes me wish I had pulled out my old Mary Poppins attire and gotten my rowing on with my talking umbrella to keep me company. **
I will say this, though: while hilarious and fun-spirited to be someone else during your work-out, I’m not convinced that dressing up like a Lego really helps you burn a lot of calories. In fact, I’m guessing the costumes hinder rather than help (not to mention induce far more sweating than yoga pants and a light T-shirt). But wearing something whimsical once a year does make people like me smile, and I appreciate that sentiment if nothing else.
Anyone out there have some kick-butt costume ideas that double as work-out friendly attire? I’m thinking Jane Fonda.
* I thank you for those moments now, parents! Love having those snap-shots, and more importantly, love knowing you loved me enough to come.
** People always think I’m Sherlock Holmes when I wear this costume. Can I just say dressing up is so not my forte?