Serious Question: Do You Wear Underwear When You Workout?

WELCOME TO SERIOUS QUESTION, A FEATURE IN WHICH I ASK A “SERIOUS” QUESTION AND THEN ANSWER IT AND CROSS MY FINGERS THAT A FEW OF YOU LOVELY BLOG READERS WILL ANSWER IT TOO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. BE FOREWARNED: THIS FEATURE WILL AT LEAST SOMETIMES TREAD INTO TMI TERRITORY.


A few weeks ago at book club, the conversation turned away from books — as it does often/what book? — when someone* posed the question: Underwear while working out… to wear or not to wear?

(We like to talk Shakespearean at book club because, duh, literary.)

Do you wear underwear when you workout?

What is fascinating is that the group was divided — half ALWAYS wear underwear, the other half NEVER wear underwear and one or two ladies were decidedly neutral with “It depends…”

I am on Team No Underwear. The more you know, right?

My journey to no underpants started when I took up running in 2006 and bought running shorts with built-in undies. It evolved from there when I eventually realized that I didn’t have to wear underwear with my workout clothes ever really. I mean, what’s the point? (I know you underwear enthusiasts have opinions on the point.)

For me, the choice to go commando while working out is threefold. First, comfort: Underwear just adds an unnecessary, potentially chaffing layer. Second, lazy (always up there on my lists of why I do or don’t do anything): Wearing underwear when I workout adds to my already unmanageable laundry pile. And finally, vanity: No more panty lines when wearing those yoga pants.

So, serious question: Do you or do you not wear underwear when you workout, and why?

*That someone may or may not have been me. I truly don’t remember. #toomuchprosecco

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