You wear jewelry for most of the day, so why take it off when you go to the gym? Whether you just love your ring too much to take it off or feel uneasy about leaving jewelry in a gym locker, there are plenty of reasons to want to wear jewelry in the gym. Should you, though?
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Is It Okay to Work Out with Jewelry on?
Depending on what kind of workouts you’re doing, you may be able to wear your jewelry to the gym with no problems. If you’re hopping into a Zumba class after work, you can probably get away with it if you’re training to compete in Olympic weightlifting, but maybe not so much.
Of course, no one in their right mind will wear their nicest jewelry to the gym. What about those pieces of everyday jewelry, though? The daily drivers you always have on don’t feel right without wearing? Sure, you can work out while wearing them, but there are things to keep in mind.
Where to Leave the Jewelry Behind
Rings and Weights Don’t Mix
Dumbbells aren’t friends with your ring unless you’re wearing a silicone ring. While you can do plenty of bodyweight and cardio exercises wearing your ring, the knurling in dumbbells and barbells will damage your ring. That’s a guarantee.
The Same Goes for Swimming Laps
This one is probably obvious, but leave your metals in a locker when you’re swimming. The chlorine in the pool will do a number on your jewelry — and that’s just no fun.
What to Keep in Mind When Wearing Jewelry in the Gym
Do You Really Need to?
Yes, we’re going to reiterate. It’s really just best if you don’t wear jewelry in the gym. It gets sweaty, it could get damaged, and it could even be unsafe in certain scenarios.
You’re usually better off locking it in your car or your desk at work than trying to wear it in the gym. That being said, people can and do wear jewelry while working out, so it’s far from impossible to pull off. If you take it with you to the gym, invest in a padlock for your locker and a small box to keep your valuables from being damaged.
Keep It Close
Do not. We repeat. Do not wear any dangling jewelry while at the gym. Long pendant necklaces and drop earrings look great, but they don’t belong in the gym. Anything that dangles is a safety hazard. It’s unlikely to ever amount to anything, but why risk it? Stud earrings and rings are much better jewelry for the gym.
Keep It Clean
Sweat isn’t fantastic for your jewelry, so make sure you routinely clean any pieces you wear to the gym.
Make Sure It’s Something You’re Okay with Damaging
Damaging your jewelry while working out is more of a when than an if scenario. If you’re wearing it to the gym, make sure you don’t mind it getting a couple of scratches here and there.
Metals like stainless steel are your best choice for rings in the gym. Softer metals, like gold, for example, can get damaged if you routinely handle dumbbells and barbells. Over time, the ring can change shape and not fit properly. Of course, when it comes to wedding rings, your best option is to have a backup silicone ring that you wear anytime you’re doing something active.
Make Sure It’s Safe
You want hypoallergenic pieces that are close to the skin. This is another reason that silicone rings are so beneficial in the gym. Silicone rings can break if something happens, potentially minimizing harm to your hand. Metals like titanium or silver, which are much harder, may not be able to break away. For this same reason, people working in labor and other demanding jobs often choose silicone rings.
If you need to wear your ring, earrings, or necklace to the gym, consider having gym backups for each of these. Pick something that you like and think looks good but make it something affordable and replaceable. The desire to look good in the gym is understandable, but you don’t want to put your good jewelry through the wringer for some Instagram photos, right? Right?
Non-metal options like beads, ropes, and silicone still give you the feel of jewelry without damaging your metals. Sure, beaded bracelets aren’t a look everyone loves, but maybe you’ll blaze your own fashion trail.
Sure, you can wear jewelry to the gym. If you’re just there to hop on the treadmill for 30 minutes and leave, your jewelry will be just fine. However, the more intense your workout, the more strongly you should consider leaving the jewelry at home.
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