How the color of your althetic gear can make or break a great workout / by Brittney Hogan

Psychology of color

Clothes make the man, and apparently the workout. The color apparel you choose before you hit the gym or go to the yoga studio can have an effect on you, the people getting their sweat on next to you, and even the quality of your workout. Color psychology is the study of hue and how it affects human behavior and studies have shown “that when light enters from eyes and skin, it travels through neurological pathways and affects the pineal gland in the brain, which in turn affects our body, mind and emotions”. Whether you realize it or not, the color of the clothes you choose effect your mood, your ability to self-motivate and even inadvertently communicate with the people around you.

Don’t send the wrong message during your work out, choose a Virago tee instead.

Green shirts, like the Virago Mermaid tank, remind us of nature and tap into our high energy and primal instincts. “That’s why we feel more energized when exposed to greens,” says neurologist and psychiatrist Kurt Goldstein (author of The Organism), “and more fatigued when exposed to colors like orange”.  

Blue is a psychologically calming color according to color experts and psychologists. Throw on a Indigo V Tee to naturally keep your nerves under control on the day of your 5K or the marathon you’ve been training for the last few months. In a 2009 study, Dr. Juliet Zhu found the color blue suggests “knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness. It evokes a sense of calmness while stimulating creativity.” Wear a Indigo Virago Women's Slouch shirt to your next yoga session to help cultivate a wave calm and zen over the class, and signal to the people around your that you are there to be a positive force. 

Want to add a little competition to your work out? Throw on some red and let everyone in the weight room know that you are there to crush WOD’s and set new goals. In a “study published in the journal Biology Letters found men wearing red in athletic settings can inspire aggression and competition.” 

 Don’t yet have that perfect red work out shirt? If you are really looking to express a recent streak of competition in your workout, sign up for the Toys for Tots Foundation Virago Virtual Race and get a bright red commemorative T-shirt that lets everyone know that when you achieve your fitness goals you are also determined to give back. You can #RunforTots, #BikeforTots, #CrossfitForTots, or participate in any exercise that inspires you. You can do it from anywhere in the world, and the best part is that as long as you sign up and complete your personal #VirtualRace fitness chanllenge by the end of October you get a race medal that tells the world you want to make a difference in a child's life this year. Sign up for the race today and join us for our Last Chance Run and Wrap-Up Bonfire Party.