Habits of Fit People: Sleep in Your Workout Clothes

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/23/2009 10:44 AM   :  416 comments   :  59,165 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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  • 366
    this is a GREAT idea! i'm gonna try this tonight but maybe unhook the bra! :) i hope this works cuzfor me half the battle is "getting up" to put on my workout clothes :) - 1/26/2011   7:21:20 PM
  • PHELPSC3
    365
    Love this! I have been doing this, and definitely think it helps to get motivated in the morning since all I have left to do is put my shoes and jacket on! - 1/26/2011   7:42:51 AM
  • 364
    ...and all this time I thought I was just being lazy :D - 11/24/2010   9:41:15 AM
  • 363
    I have slept in my workout clothes before, and I also sometimes just leave my clothes on my nightstand and I don't get out of bed until I put them on! - 11/18/2010   8:30:35 PM
  • 362
    Who'd have thought this but it makes sense to me!! Good idea. - 11/8/2010   11:16:06 PM
  • 361
    This is so funny because I just mentioned it to my husband the other day because when I wake up in the morning it takes up so much of my time having to get something on to actually do the workout. This is confirmation that I need to go ahead and give it a try! - 11/8/2010   12:48:09 PM
  • 360
    Wow! I'll definately try this tonight - I hate getting out of a nice warm bed to put on cold clothes.... I used to have my work-out clothes laid out close to the bed so that I could pull them under the covers and get them warm before slipping them on. Thanx for the great tip - I'll see how it works :D - 11/6/2010   7:29:58 PM
  • 359
    I've slept in my workout clothes a few times in the past and it does make a difference. It saves me time and I don't have to stubble around to searching for what to wear. - 11/5/2010   11:09:53 PM
  • 358
    This is funny! lol. Nice tip - 10/24/2010   9:35:37 PM
  • FPZ9512
    357
    Awesome idea. I wish I had thought of that years ago haha. Good info, thanks - 9/28/2010   7:12:28 PM
  • OUTKASTCHIK01
    356
    this is a great idea...my workout clothes aren't really comfortable enough to sleep in :( - 9/1/2010   10:25:17 AM
  • 355
    Sometimes I slept in my comfy t-shirt, so I can go straight to do low-impact, make-me-more-awake morning workout. But usually just slow march, crunches or push-up then stretch. Trying to put on sport bras when still half-asleep is a very, very big negative motivator, haha. - 6/13/2010   9:58:59 AM
  • 354
    Hmm! This could work! I've been wanting to get up early at least 3 times a week to bike, & so this could help me in doing that. Not that I'm concerned about any of the things mentioned as being positives of this - I'm usually awake super early anyway, which really annoys me! :P But I babble here - but, still, being in my biking clothes already when I wake up at 5 or 5:30 AM could be a great incentive to my getting up & out of bed to bike, at least when it's light out at that time.

    Great idea, really! :) Thank-you. - 5/17/2010   2:04:57 PM
  • 353
    Definitely find this extremely helpful because I have been trying to get to where I would get up at 530 am like I used to in order to workout and with the time change I just can't shake it. Maybe this will help me! Thanks - 5/6/2010   8:00:38 AM
  • 352
    I've thought about doing this, but always thought it would be strange. I will try it tonight and see if it works. - 4/4/2010   11:31:29 AM
  • 351
    I don't think so, I take a shower before and after I work out. I know it sounds silly but it wakes me up. :) - 3/16/2010   11:41:08 AM
  • 350
    I do this on the nights I have to exercise on my own in the morning. Twice a week I work out with a trainer so I know I'm getting up and will get ready. But the other days when I plan to workout on my own, I wear my workout clothes to bed. - 3/9/2010   1:38:15 PM
  • 50PLUSBABY
    349
    I like this idea, will try it - 3/9/2010   12:20:17 PM
  • 348
    OMG!!! I LOVE this suggestion! Yep. This is a good idea. - 2/10/2010   2:26:25 PM
  • BIJOUX7
    347
    I do this. Saves time in the am- all have have to do is roll out of bed, lace up my running shoes which are by the bed & hop on my treadmill. - 2/10/2010   10:04:13 AM
  • 346
    Hadn't thought of that, but I like to sleep in very loose fitting clothes. Might try the socks. - 2/8/2010   10:02:07 PM
  • SHEPHERDESS2
    345
    I'd get WAY too hot sleeping in my workout clothes. But I'm not jumping right into a workout first think out of the sack anyway. I HAVE to have the java first AND breakfast...then the workout. This body's too old to just be jump starting like that - I've gotta EASE into the movement thing. - 2/1/2010   11:17:56 PM
  • 344
    Sleeping in my workout clothes works like a charm; I've been doing it for years and recommend it to friends all the time and the feedback is positive too! I've always referred to this as the domino effect; but I guess I'm spreading the spark! - 1/18/2010   11:14:45 AM
  • 343
    I grew up on a farm, so getting up at 4am isn't a problem for me. - 1/17/2010   12:50:42 PM
  • 342
    I actually had to do that while I was in the Army, and when I ran in the mornings before Army came into the picture. Since getting out of the Army, I have avoided getting up first thing in the morning and exercising as I can wait until later in the day to do it. But I am thinking now that I would start doing morning exercising, especially if I get a job that is full-time and starts early in the morning. - 1/6/2010   2:32:27 AM
  • 341
    Whew and thank you for sharing! Yes I do wear workout clothes to bed to get myself going in the morning. I have been teased but now I can report that people do the same thing all over the country. God bless you for getting all of us to respond. - 1/5/2010   9:54:36 PM
  • 340
    OK, I confess. Since I leave for work at 6:30 am, I need to save all the time I can. So I walk the dog in my sweats, which I happen to sleep in the night before. As an extra bonus, when I come home from work at 7:15pm, I can change to the same sweats and walk the dog then, too. My neighbors, who see just about everything, call it "going out in my PJs". - 12/2/2009   5:36:20 PM
  • TRIGFROST
    339
    Hi, I never looked at it, that way before: but YES. I guess I do.
    I leave my tee-shirt and shorts hanging up over the vent in the bathroom. I have a seat there to put socks on So Yes they are all warmed up when I put them on. {I do this 1st thing in the morining, before eating Breakfast,} but I exercise with my Vido's Tapes about 30 min's after I eat and take my Vitamin's so I never leave my house....in the morining. I guess this just gets me going though the day... - 11/22/2009   9:49:12 PM
  • 338
    I lay out all my workout clothes before going to bed, so I can get up and get dressed easily in the dark. Once I have my clothes on it is enough motivation for me to get out there and do my runs. But now I go to the gym to do my runs instead of outdoors since it was just getting too darn dangerous and dark to be out there alone. I find getting everything ready the night before makes it a snap to head out to the gym first thing in the morning! - 11/19/2009   4:22:28 PM
  • SHERI1969
    337
    I have actually done this, slept in my workout clothes. Why not? They are comfy, you are ready to get going the next day and don't have to lag around thinking, "ohhh, I have to change first...bother!" It's a great idea that I've used for a while and I'm glad it has been shared! - 11/16/2009   1:43:30 AM
  • 336
    I am trying this tonight! Last week I planned to go to the gym before work, and I did but I was late because I spent too much time lolly-gagging in the morning! - 11/15/2009   4:38:43 PM
  • MEOWSER2
    335
    hot flashes and cold spells make these a stinky target for mosquitos. I do still do it. darnit. Have to change anyway lol. - 11/15/2009   4:04:58 PM
  • 334
    Yes, I do this as well (unless my boyfriend is over, and then it's no clothing!), and it does save time in the morning. - 11/14/2009   8:37:22 PM
  • 333
    I did and I will again, as soon as I will have 100% recovered from foot injury. - 11/14/2009   4:28:38 PM
  • 332
    I haven't tried that but it sounds like a good idea, sounds like something I would do anyway. - 11/14/2009   11:45:32 AM
  • SHERYLG1
    331
    I'm not a morning person either. I've not slept in the workout clothes but I've put them in bed under covers, under electric blanket so they're nice and toasty. Then I slide into them while still under the covers at least part of me. My Ipod on the end table and shoes right on the floor ready for me. It's a big help. - 11/13/2009   11:57:07 PM
  • MDICROCE
    330
    I'm not sleeping in my workout clothes yet, but I did start having "gym clothes" -- just like my daughter in Junior High. I wear the same shorts and shirt and shoes each time and I keep them in the same place, so I don't go looking for clothes or wear the wrong clothes (ones that bind or show too much)...this has really helped me. - 11/13/2009   6:24:27 PM
  • 329
    I never thought of that. I wonder if my hubby would think it was weird :-) - 11/13/2009   1:09:49 PM
  • 328
    I used to do this all the time when I was in drum corps, I didn't have much time to get up, get dressed, and eat (if we did eat) before I had to be ready for PT in the morning. So I'm already used to sleeping in a sports bra and gym shorts..... and sweats and all sorts of stuff for when we had a cold gym. So does this tip work, very much so! I may have to start using it twice a week. - 11/13/2009   11:56:00 AM
  • 327
    I think I will give this a try one or two nights out of the week. It couldn't hurt. - 11/13/2009   8:46:46 AM
  • DUCKLING_UGLY
    326
    I started doing this, and it's worked out AMAZINGLY for me. I've worked out every day this week, and that's really saying something!! =D Thanks for the tip! - 11/13/2009   8:21:53 AM
  • 325
    i dont think i would try this, i sweat to much at night... - 11/13/2009   8:20:13 AM
  • 324
    I've never slept in my workout clothes, but I do lay them out the night before and make sure that my iPod is charged up and ready to go. It is a challenge getting up on this fall mornings, but if I can just get myself dressed, my dog won't let me change my mind about running since she comes along with me! - 11/12/2009   2:58:56 PM
  • 323
    I would definitely do this! I'm trying to get myself to the gym in the morning again, and this may do the trick this winter. I remember dressing my daughter in her school clothes at bed time when they were leaving early for class trips. Why not?! - 11/12/2009   2:32:58 PM
  • W0MANWARRI0R
    322
    "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?"

    I haven't ever done it, and I probably wouldn't because I don't exercise first thing in the morning, but I love hearing about the wonderful extremes people will go to to stay healthy. Its got me thinking about creative ways to keep my own self motivated. Thanks! - 11/12/2009   9:07:20 AM
  • 321
    I am not sleeping in my spin shorts! To make my mornings easier when my kids were little but potty trained, they used to sleep in their clothes for the next day. Made our lives much easier and there were never any issues with cleanliness since the sheets were clean and my kids were clean! - 11/12/2009   5:45:07 AM
  • 320
    This really does work! I almost never miss my workouts because I sleep in my workout clothes! - 11/11/2009   10:03:48 PM
  • 319
    I am going to try this! I know it would work for me. Maybe not the bra, but at least everything else. Easy enough. Thanks for the idea.

    The whole idea that it is "unhygienic" does not apply if you're wearing clean sports clothes to bed. And there's nothing saying you have to let anything "breathe" either.

    Even if you don't want to sleep in your clothes, at least laying them all out the night before is better than scrambling around in the morning, giving yourself more time to debate working out!
    Thanks! - 11/11/2009   9:08:17 PM
  • 318
    I love the idea of this, but I think snoozing in a sports bra would kill me! I'm just getting started on any kind of workout routine, but I do usually just keep the jammie pants on. - 11/11/2009   12:02:52 AM
  • BENDYM
    317
    This is definately worth a try!!! Maybe I will make this a new goal. - 11/10/2009   11:08:37 PM

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