Habits of Fit People: Sleep in Your Workout Clothes

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/23/2009 10:44 AM   :  417 comments   :  62,005 Views

You want to be a fit person, right? That's why I'm sharing my own habits for keeping fit and staying healthy in the ongoing Habits of Fit People series.

Here's one that works for me: Sleeping in my workout clothes. This is especially helpful this time of year, when it's darker and colder when I wake up to run in the morning.

I may not be a morning person, but I'm working on it. Two or three times a week, I like to run in the morning because I love getting it out of the way and having my evenings free. That's not so difficult in the spring or summer, when the sunlight wakes me up and the temperature is inviting. But during the fall and winter? Forget about it! Dark, dreary and cold mornings make want to stay in bed as long as possible. So to stick with my morning runs, I have to keep my workout on my mind—and my body—the night before. So does it really make a difference?

This accomplishes three tasks:
  • I get to sleep just a few minutes longer, which makes all the difference in how rested I feel—and how much sunlight is available when I run.

  • I stay warmer longer. No more stripping down and changing your clothes while you shiver in the morning! I find that it's a lot easier to leave my warm bed when I know I'm already dressed and ready to head out the door.

  • Getting dressed for your workout is half the battle sometimes. Now you already have your clothes on, so there are no more excuses!
Beyond these three benefits, getting ready the night before also means that I'm preparing—and committing—to my workout in advance, which helps keep me accountable. Instead of thinking "Maybe I'll run tomorrow if I feel like it when I wake up," I've already prepared and decided to do it.

I know that some people would find workout clothes uncomfortable to sleep in, so if you like the idea of this tip but think it's unrealistic for you, do what you can. Whether you only wear your workout socks or just your pants (to avoid wearing a tight sports bra all night long, for example), the more you can put on the night before, the more likely you'll be to head out the door on time, without making excuses. This works whether you're going outside, to the gym or even to your own living room to exercise.

I actually do sleep in my workout clothes, head to toe, the night before I run. Since I'm already getting ready for my workout the night before, I also lay out my running shoes (unlaced and ready to slip on), iPod and headphones, my outer layers of clothes (because let's face it, it's just plain weird to sleep in your coat and mittens), my Nike+ SportBand and a house key. It's sort of like packing your gym bag, but without the bag, so you don't have to scramble in the morning. It really helps me stick with my routine in the colder, darker months.

Have you ever slept in your exercise clothes to make it easier to work out the next morning? Did it work for you? Are you willing to try it?


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  • LOLOCIOUS
    417
    Right now I am on my gymwear ready 4 the morning. It really works. - 9/30/2014   1:18:28 PM
  • FOXGLOVE999
    416
    This is silly. - 9/17/2014   11:19:16 PM
  • WDSKMOM
    415
    I read this a month ago and thought it was a neat idea. I've been doing it since and love it! Time is precious in the morning and saving even 2 minutes is worth it. Also, I feel guilty thinking about sleeping in because the clothes are an instant reminder of what I should be doing. Thanks for the tip!! - 9/10/2014   8:04:20 PM
  • 414
    The only person who does this is a professional triathlete I know. My workout bag is always ready to go and my workout pants and singlet ready as well. I would not like to be encased in Spandex all night...
    Not for me & daily workouts have been a religion for me for many years...though I am injured now and still on the long road back . - 9/10/2014   3:03:30 PM
  • 413
    This sounds strange and uncomfortable to me. But if it works for you then go for it. To each our own. - 10/20/2013   10:41:26 PM
  • 412
    I'm a morning exerciser too but I could never do this -- I'm married!! - 2/23/2013   4:03:30 PM
  • 411
    This is easy for me, since I sleep in the same type of clothing that I exercise in. Baggy pants and tank top. I go to the bathroom, put on my bra and panties and I'm off! - 1/17/2013   2:49:49 PM
  • LEEANN_G
    410
    wow! this is a great idea! i cant believe i didnt think of this! i for sure have to try it! thanks - 1/8/2013   10:26:44 AM
  • 409
    I do. I just didn't want to admit it!

    - 12/3/2012   12:40:37 PM
  • 408
    I do sleep in my workout clothes... helps me to be more active in the morning (It's a mindset) - 11/13/2012   1:22:48 AM
  • JANI-LOU
    407
    LOL Great idea but I don't think my husband would like it. :-) - 11/12/2012   8:11:06 AM
  • 406
    This one is my secret weapon. It's how I lost 65 pounds. On the weekends I don't do early morning workouts and it feels funny to NOT sleep in my workout clothes. - 10/4/2012   1:51:20 PM
  • 405
    great idea!
    - 8/18/2012   11:56:56 AM
  • 404
    Never thought of doing this, I will give it a try. - 8/16/2012   8:42:18 AM
  • 403
    I live in Texas...it is H.O.T. here 11months out of the year....so there is no way i would ever sleep in my workout clothes.... - 8/4/2012   10:35:26 PM
  • 402
    I don't sleep in my workout clothes only because of the tight sports bra and some other relatively uncomfortable-for-sleeping clothes. But I DO put my clothes, socks, and shoes in the bathroom so my first stop in the morning means I get dressed in there and come out ready to take a walk. - 8/3/2012   10:57:02 AM
  • CHARTREUSELION
    401
    Definitely going to try this tonight... maybe it will help me get up in the morning instead of hitting snooze! - 8/3/2012   9:06:10 AM
  • 400
    I have done that before and it saved me a lot of time in the morning. I have a hard time waking up in the morning but when I have the workout clothes on, its like a reminder of what I have to do. - 8/1/2012   1:53:17 AM
  • 399
    great idea! I haven't heard that from anyone before, and I will definitely try it! - 7/17/2012   8:21:26 AM
  • OWNINGMYLIFE
    398
    I probably won't do the whole clothing thing but I really like the idea of just even having some of the clothes on. Gonna try it, plus have everything i need ready to go, right by the door. So I just automatically dash up and head out.
    thanks for the tips. - 7/17/2012   2:58:11 AM
  • 397
    Interesting idea - but it must mean that you wash your work out clothes every time you used them... as an environment enthusiast I try to use my clothes many times between washing - to smell while I am working out is ok, as long as it is just then... - 7/17/2012   1:30:58 AM
  • 396
    I do this year round. It makes it easier for me to workout at 5:30am. - 7/16/2012   2:43:51 PM
  • 395
    I can't believe so many people think this is a good idea. I would never be comfortable sleeping in my street clothes and I'd never go out in public wearing wrinkled clothes that I slept in. How long does it take to put on workout clothes in the morning? Two minutes? - 7/9/2012   2:26:58 PM
  • 394
    I did this by accident as well, and I liked the fact that I didn't have to get dressed for my morning routine. - 6/2/2012   12:00:26 AM
  • 393
    What a great idea...I used to get my kiddies dressed the night before in sweats and stuff so I could just tug them off to the sitters without freezing them out or let's face it...avoiding tantrums. Now I will do this for myself, thanks! - 3/6/2012   5:08:43 PM
  • 392
    I did this a few nights ago by accident and thought it worked out perfectly but I didn't share it with anyone. I should have known Coach Nicole and many others had already figured this one out! Okay, so I DO sleep in my workout clothes and it has helped me keep my fitness streak and made getting ready for my run a snap! - 1/18/2012   2:27:55 PM
  • 7WORSHIPS
    391
    Wow, this sounds like a great idea. Thanks for sharing. - 1/11/2012   2:13:24 PM
  • JENN03275
    390
    I love this tip. Since the weather here in NH is too cold for me to run now and its not safe before or after I get home to run (its too dark), I am joining the gym at New Years. Maybe I will try some of this tip because I plan on going before work 3x a week at 5am. I am used to running after 3pm so I am sure this will be an adjustment. - 12/18/2011   6:49:43 PM
  • 389
    I do this and it surely makes a difference. Makes me feel good to, like it's a reminder to do what I know what I need to. - 10/30/2011   5:24:45 PM
  • 388
    I sure have. This includes 2 bras (1 regular & 1 sports). I sometimes have to remove the socks in the night though - they drive me crazy! It's done for me & the dog, who really deserves a good stretch in the morning. Do what works for you!
    I love SparkPeople! - 10/30/2011   12:54:15 AM
  • 387
    Yeah!!! I'm not the only one. - 10/26/2011   10:13:47 AM
  • SSM1969
    386
    I have never thought of this before! Great idea and thanks for sharing! :) - 9/27/2011   6:37:53 AM
  • 385
    Ditto #338 IOW same works for Me~~ ps. I wear pretty non-under wire bras to bed every night, since I was a teenage (now in my fifties), keeps'm perk-e-ish. (smiles)

    - 9/10/2011   8:42:03 PM
  • 384
    and here I thought I was the only weirdo in the world. . . lol. . . As I workout at a gym near my office, I also try to pack my car with the clothing I need for work the night before, it certainly makes life easier, as last night I did not and guess what, I forgot my cami which would make the safety pin on my dress uncessary (lol), but worse still, I forgot my cell phone (lol), being that I live an hour from work and have forgotten key items like underwear and once my bra, which in my case is a big no no, I now keep extras of both in my gym bag. . . you know being fit is not for the unprepared (lol) - 9/8/2011   9:52:31 AM
  • 383
    I've often thought about it but never did!! I just may try it tonight :) - 8/4/2011   12:53:42 PM
  • 382
    hahah I alwaaaaaaaays do this!!! i go to the gym at my college early and it's so easy to wake up, eat breakfast and roll out!!! Love it! =] - 8/4/2011   11:19:51 AM
  • 381
    Sounds like a good idea, especially for those mornings I go to the gym for a class and time is so limited. - 8/4/2011   11:00:12 AM
  • ODETTEMICHELLE
    380
    I thought I was lazy for doing it!!! jajajaja it works like a charm for me... just knowing that I´ll be able to sleep a couple of minutes more helps.... it´s nice to know other people are also doing this :) - 6/27/2011   5:30:46 PM
  • 379
    Yes, this works. As long as you don't press the snooze button and go back to sleep. - 6/26/2011   1:28:28 AM
  • TIGERLILLYBILL
    378
    I do this all the time! I workout very early in the morning. I keep my shoes right by the bed, grab my water bottle and I am ready to go! - 6/10/2011   4:06:41 AM
  • 377
    Yeah, that's not going to happen. Maybe if I were single. Hard to have sex at night when you're all geared up for a run.

    Also, enjoy sleeping w/out clothes. Gives my body a chance to "breath" and less chance of a yeast infection ;) - 6/4/2011   4:08:37 PM
  • 376
    A friend suggested this pre-race night and I thought she was weird. Now after reading this and so many comments, I'm going to try it. LOL - 5/19/2011   12:27:33 AM
  • DEENADJ
    375
    When i was working, I'd change into workout clothes before I left work. When I got home I wasn't tempted to change into PAJAMAS or lounging clothes, and my husband and kids KNEW that Mommy was going to be working out at some point, so they wouldn't distract me or make extra demands of me. - 5/18/2011   12:06:34 PM
  • LADYTINA1
    374
    Done it and it helps. Just glad to know other do not think it is such a crazy idea.
    Also to the lady who takes a shower before her work out to wake up and then afterward to be clean, I actually thought of that too since I usually have meet my personal trainer at 6:00a.m. Glad to know I am not alone! The best to everyone! - 5/18/2011   2:30:52 AM
  • 373
    I just started my workout routine Wednesday. I sleep in sweats and I have been working out in my "pj's" too. :) - 5/13/2011   4:21:07 PM
  • 372
    When I was in college and working student jobs, sometimes I would wear my swimsuit under my clothes. It was good motivation to stop at the rec center on the way home and swim laps because otherwise I was just some weird girl who wore her swimsuit all the time. :) - 5/13/2011   4:18:25 PM
  • LAURELENKE
    371
    I had forgotten about using this tactic until reading it here....I used to sleep in my running clothes and go first thing in the morning. Admittedly it's been several years since I was an avid exerciser, and this reminder brought back great memories. I think I'll try it again! :) - 3/25/2011   1:28:17 PM
  • 370
    I did this not on purpose last night as my pjs were in the dryer. Then this am I hopped right on the exercise bike and thought, hey not a bad idea, just sleep in workout clothes. Lol and then I saw this article! Perfectly timed...I sleep in a sports bra anyway, those of us with bigger "girls" have that recommended by the doc to fight gravity later on. 8-) - 3/23/2011   9:35:30 PM
  • 369
    I like this idea. I will skip wearing the bra, but everything else should be comfortable enough to sleep in. - 2/20/2011   9:40:06 PM
  • 368
    I just don't see how I would be comfortable...I like to let things breathe haha. I do have my workout clothes ready though to go, so it is staring at me when I wake up. - 2/5/2011   5:12:08 PM

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