The new year is quickly approaching us, and that means a new you must emerge. I don’t know about you, but I gained a good five pounds in the past few weeks from all the excellent food and tasty drinks I consumed. Although it’s been delicious and fun, I’m looking forward to getting back into a clean eating/exercise regimen starting on the 1st of the year. It’s not a “new year’s resolution” per say, but more of a step back in the right direction. Anyways, with that said, I wanted to talk about a few of my favorite hairstyles for working out.
A classic high ponytail is the perfect way to keep your hair out of your face and off your neck while you sweat. I am a big fan of this timeless look (see below).
Personally, I think a messy bun is appropriate for any occasion…especially when paired with gym attire. The only downside to a messy bun is that it might not hold up if you are doing an intense workout. It’s best when worn for some lighter cardio (like the elliptical or stationary bikes) and weightlifting.
Boxer braids are super cute and super trendy. They are super chic when worn with an everyday look, but also perfect for the gym. They will hold your hair in place, and out of your face for any workout (hence the name, “boxer braids.”)
I’m not a huge fan of half-up hairstyles for working out since I don’t like my hair hitting me in the face or sticking to my neck. However, I added it to this list since I’ve seen a lot of girls wear these types of hairstyles during CrossFit and at the gym. I think it’s a good option for those with hair too short to fit in a ponytail. It’s also an excellent way to keep your hair out of your face, while still wearing it partially down. Compromise, people. Compromise.
Braids are a fabulous way to spruce up a classic ponytail. They are also a great way to keep your hair tightly tucked in while going hard at the gym.
I’m not gonna lie… I was pretty excited when I heard that the “octopus bun” was a thing. I’ve been doing my hair like this for years, and I really like it when I work out. It keeps everything out of the way and tightly secured. Here is some actual footage of me starting this trend:
Headbands are great for working out, and you can pair them with any other hairstyle. They are popular because they keep the sweat from rolling down your face. There are many different styles, and they all work wonders. I’m not a huge fan of wearing them, personally, because I don’t like having to adjust them constantly, but they still are popular in the fitness world.
Another personal fave.
Low ponytails are a fun way to spruce up your ponytail while adding some style to your hair. You can get pretty creative with these types of hairstyles.
Similar to braided ponies and headbands, braided bangs are a great addition to any other hairstyle. You can pair them with a ponytail, or with hair that is left down. It’s a great way to keep your bangs out of your face, while still looking cute.
The “Katniss Everdeen” Side Braid
This is literally my favorite of all the hairstyles for working out. Katniss Everdeen wore this hairstyle during her stay in the hunger games arena. It’s a really cute, trendy look, which adds some femininity to your style, but also keeps your hair tightly tucked away.
In fact, this is exactly how I wore my hair in a CrossFit competition a few years ago. I didn’t have to adjust my hair once during the whole competition (which lasted most of the day and included multiple intense workouts in the hot summer).
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What do you think of these hairstyles for working out? Are you going to try them at the gym this year? Have you set any positive goals? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below…