Running in Yoga Pants? Here's What You Need to Know About Gearing Up for Your Next Jog

Tips and tricks to help you achieve a runners high while jogging in yoga pants

January 27, 2022

New to the running game and looking for some workout outfit inspiration? Whether you’re an experienced runner or just getting started on your fitness journey, there are a few crucial points all runners should know before preparing for their next run. With yoga pants taking over the fashion world by storm, integrating them into your running wardrobe can be an interesting way to spice up your runs and be able to jog in cooler weather.

Here’s our ultimate guide to what you should know about:

  • the benefits of jogging
  • prepping for your next jog
  • running in yoga pants.
A vital part to any sort of run or jog, no matter how long you exercise,  is stretching before and after. This can help to reduce the risk of running-related injuries and can also increase your mobility over time. Shop the Jojo Leggings in Esqueleto on the Dona Jo website. Image courtesy of Kimbentleyfit’s Instagram.

The Benefits of Running and Jogging

Why you should begin your running journey and stick with it

Before we get into what you should know before getting ready for your first run in yoga pants, it’s helpful to know about some of the benefits of this cardiovascular exercise to keep you motivated as you begin or continue your running journey. Here are just a few of the many benefits you can reap from jogging or running regularly:

  • It strengthens your bones

Yeah, you read that correctly. Running can do wonders for your musculoskeletal system by strengthening your lower body, core, and even your upper body. Because running is a weight-bearing form of exercise, meaning that you carry your weight as you run up hills and strain your muscles, the body adapts to the pressure placed on your tendons, ligaments, and bones, making them more resilient over time.

  • It can improve your mental health

While running can’t solve all your problems, it’s a great way to get a mood boost with the help of the endorphins you release as you exercise. Endorphins are what lead to a runner’s high, which is a period after a run or jog that can feel deeply relaxing and euphoric. The chemicals released while running and the other physiological benefits of a regular exercise routine can contribute to not only less feelings of anxiety and depression, but also to less mental decline as you age.

  • Running can help boost your confidence

Aside from its array of physical and mood-boosting benefits, regularly running or exercising can do wonders for your self image. If you consistently work out and set exercise goals for yourself – and meet said goals – it can provide you with a greater sense of empowerment. A great way to feel confident while working towards your fitness goals is by dressing comfortably and fashionably. For some running outfit inspiration for running in yoga pants, check out our guide to workout apparel.

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A matching workout set can be a great motivator to stick to your workout routine. Get excited to exercise in the Dona Jo Adjustable Bra in Luna and the Dona Jo Active Leggings in Luna. Discover more workout outfit inspiration on the Dona Jo Instagram. Image courtesy of Therobelifeblog’s Instagram.

Preparing for Your Jog

The steps you should take before embarking on your run

Before you jump into your run, there are a few essential steps that you should take before you begin. One of the most vital things to remember when getting ready to run is to be properly hydrated and eat a few hours before you begin, and if you feel like you’ll need a water bottle for your run, always make sure to bring that along.

Before your jog, you should also consider making a plan for your route, or if you plan on running on a treadmill, how long you plan on working out. Setting appropriate goals for your running experience level and the speed at which you hope to run is a vital part of the process and can help to avoid injuries or overexertion.

The third and just as important thing to do before going on your run is finding the right attire for the weather conditions. Layering up in the fall or winter, or in cooler temperatures in general, is vital to properly taking care of yourself while exercising. If you add thin layers, it makes it easy to strip them off if at any point you feel too warm.

A perfect wardrobe option for chilly and mild running conditions is yoga pants. These work out pieces provide a great amount of coverage and compression to prevent chafing, and they can be a great way to layer up your legs in the colder seasons. For even more inspiration for how to style yoga pants, check out this Dona Jo guide.

Finally, to be prepared to run, you should always make sure that you have everything you need before leaving your house. Checking to make sure you have running shoes on or with you, and that they are properly tied before you start running, can help to avoid unwanted injuries. Having your phone or a music device is a must-have for many, and sunglasses can be a great addition if you’re running outdoors and exposed to sunlight.

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Who said that yoga pants have to just be for yoga? Try out the Dona Jo Active Leggings in Navy. Image courtesy of Hadasahlove’s Instagram.

Running in Yoga Pants Fitspo

Ideas to inspire your next running outfit

If you’re looking for ways to pair your yoga pants for a running outfit, you’ve come to the right place.

One chic way to curate your running attire is through matching sets. This look is effortlessly fashionable and is a fool-proof way of knowing whether your outfit works together. Having a matching set in a bold pattern is also versatile because it can easily be switched up and paired with other solid-colored athleticwear.

Another way of experimenting with the running in yoga pants look is with a bright top to add a pop of color to your look. The Dona Jo Ace Tank 2.0 in Sereia is a perfect match for any solid yoga pants, and the interesting asymmetric cut adds a level of intrigue to the look.

Overall, if you’re trying to spice up your exercise wardrobe, it’s best to go with what makes you feel most comfortable and ready to crush your run. Whether that looks like experimenting with bold colors or trying a new cut of yoga pants, the options are endless and the perfect workout look is just waiting for you.  

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Go bold with bright animal patterns. Try out the Dona Jo Jojo Leggings 2.0 in Wildblue and pair it with the Dona Jo Luna Long Sleeves in White to get the look of the DJ tribe member above. Image courtesy of runs_with_tattoos’s Instagram.

Regardless of how you run, the number one way to make a jog great is by feeling your best. Properly preparing to run and dressing for the right weather and in a way that makes you feel your most confident is the key to success.

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