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How to Transition From the Gym to Going Out

Sweat socks and shorts have their place but it isn't out on the town.
Sweat socks and shorts have their place but it isn't out on the town.
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Getting a daily workout in is a difficult enough task without having to worry about how you look when you leave. You have to manage your time efficiently to get to the gym in the first place, then you have to exhibit enough discipline to consistently complete the exercises -- toss in the fact that you're meeting friends or that special someone afterward, and things start getting complicated. Essentially, your goal is to avoid looking like you just pulled your evening attire out of a gym bag which, of course, is exactly what you did. Thankfully, there are a few tricks guys can use to make themselves presentable for a night on the town.

So go ahead and sweat. We'll help you make the switch from gym rat to man on the town. Pretty soon, working out and going out will be a regular and seamless part of your lifestyle.

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The most important thing you can do is start at the beginning -- the beginning of the day, that is. If you want to make a clean transition from the gym at the end of your workout, you'll need to make a list before you even leave the house in the morning. Think of it as a very short camping trip. Do you have the essentials?

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Razor
  • Deodorant
  • Towel
  • Fresh clothes

Those are just the basics to get you looking fresh and clean. But what about those clothes you packed for going out? Naturally, you don't want them to look like they've just been pulled out of a gym bag. Keep in mind when you're packing to roll up those fancy duds instead of folding them. If you still have an unsightly spot or two, flick some water from a faucet on them, then hold the clothes under a hand dryer [source: Potts]. If your gym doesn't have a hand dryer, make a point of packing a hair dryer from home.

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Here's where a lot of guys blow it. They look and smell clean and their clothes are pressed, but their hair leaves something to be desired. If you have thick or long hair, remember to pack gel to bring that mane under control. If you find that you continue to sweat after your workout and shower, pack talcum powder. Sprinkle just a little into your hair. It'll soak up excess oils and leave your head nice and dry. Remember, however, that talcum powder is sold either scented or unscented. Some scented varieties smell like traditional baby powder -- you don't want to smell like a newborn's nursery room. One final note -- skip the powder if you use hair gel. The two products together could create a clumpy mess.

With planning and a little know-how, you can transition from exercise to play and look terrific doing so.

Find lots more information about hygiene and working out on the next page.

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Sources

  • ABC News. "Soda in Your Hair? Surprising Budget Beauty Secrets." Good Morning America. (March 14, 2011).
  • http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/BeautySecrets/soda-hair-surprising-budget-beauty-secrets/story?id=8310635&page=2
  • Potts, Rolf. "Space Saving Tips for Packing Suitcases." USA Today. (March 14, 2011). http://traveltips.usatoday.com/space-saving-tips-packing-suitcases-10612.html
  • Rovny, Chris. "Your Guide to Winkle-Free Clothes." AskMen. (March 14, 2011). http://www.askmen.com/fashion/fashiontip_150/182_fashion_advice.html

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