I have worn glasses nearly all my life. Although I am a devout contact lens wearer, I have always had a pair of glasses to wear for mornings and evenings and sick days at home.
From my first pair of oh-so-fashionable ‘hex’ frames at the age of 10 (my mother let me choose; for obvious reasons, my children do not have the same freedom)…
to the dark, round, over-sized look of the mid-eighties (sadly, I could find not a single photo of myself wearing these…)
to the ‘evening-only’ pair I currently wear (contact lenses for company, glasses for family)…
and the reading glasses that I should be wearing, but don’t (so much easier to just enlarge the image on the computer screen)…
Yet until last year, when I contracted a bout of pink eye (nasty, nasty business), I had never worn my glasses while exercising.
After 3 days of teaching and training in glasses, I understood why I rarely see participants wearing them in my group fitness classes.
5 reasons to trade your glasses for contact lenses during exercise
- Contact lenses do not slide down your nose. When I exercise, I go hard. I typically sweat a lot. Enough to cause my glasses to continuously slide down my nose. Hard to push them back up when your hands are busy with heavy weights.
- Contact lenses do not fog up. Condensation occurs when warm, moist air meets a solid, cooler surface. Like the air between your glasses and your face as your body heats up during exercise. Hard to do HIIT when you can’t see where you’re placing your feet.
- Contact lenses do not have a frame to obstruct your view. Today’s preferred glasses styles have fairly small frames. Frames whose edges you can plainly see when you look up, down and side to side. During the choreographed step classes that I teach, I need to have an unobstructed view of my feet and the edges of my step. Wearing glasses while teaching made me much more cautious about my foot placement; I had to move my entire head, rather than just my eyes.
- Contact lenses do not have arms to interfere with your wireless mic. Or your big old headphones, if you’re a big old headphone wearer. When I teach, I wear a wireless microphone that hooks behind my left ear. Although my right ear sticks out enough to accommodate both the mic and my glasses, my left ear does not.
- Contact lenses do not break if your workout partner or teammate elbows you in the face. Exercising is a risky endeavour. So much potential for injury. From dropped weights to full on contact with training partners and teammates. Glasses are expensive to replace (my boys have each broken a pair playing team sports).
Of course, ‘comfort’ is an obvious addition to this list, but most people who exercise aren’t afraid of a little temporary discomfort, right 😉
The best thing about contact lenses? You can order them online! (If you follow me on Twitter you know what a big fan of online shopping I am…). Unlike glasses, you don’t need to try on a dozen pair to find one that flatters your face. All you need to know is your prescription and your credit card number!
And, 1800Contacts sells my prescription for less than half of what I’ve been paying at my local optometrist’s office. Bonus!
Are you a contact lens wearer?
Do you wear glasses or contact lenses to exercise in?
Disclaimer: This post was generously sponsored by http://www.1800contacts.com/. The oh-so-flattering photos and opinions about the benefits of wearing contacts during exercise are obviously my own!