I have loved working out and going to the gym since I was fourteen years old. Figuring out what on earth I was going to wear to the gym was one of my biggest fears before I started wearing hijab, and turned out to be one of my toughest struggles. Through lots of trial and error, thank God, I found a hijab style that stays in place! Literally, people.. it does not move through all the jumping, kicking and punching that I do!
How I tie the scarf: The scarf is a maxi cotton hijab that I folded in half longways and then cut down the middle to make two rectangles, which makes two workout scarves! I use a cotton bonnet with the ties at the end so that I can tie it tight without it slipping off. Then, I place the rectangular scarf over my head with the two sides equal on both sides. I take both sides to the back and tie it in a knot, and tuck the two pieces up inside in the back! Ive also learned that tying your hair in a half-ponytail works better than a bun so that it does not come undone if you’re moving around a lot.
Shirt: I wear running shirts with a high collar that are super lightweight and breathable so I don’t get too hot, and I am still able to maintain coverage of my neck without suffocating. ;)
This one is from Underarmour. Other brands that have these types of shirts are Nike, Target, Lulu Lemon, and Zella to name a few.
Pants: I get wide leg yoga pants so that they are not too terribly tight, but still allows freedom of movement without fabric getting in the way.
These pants are by Zella, from Nordstroms. You can also check Gap or Target to find your perfect fit.
Every once in a while, I do get stares or questions when people see me dressed like this at the gym. It’s not the typical Muslim dress (even though I still manage to cover everything), so people get confused. People ask me, “Don’t you get hot in that thing? It’s 100 degrees outside!” or, “You look like a melting popsicle!” Someone even thought I had cancer! I just want you to know that it doesn’t matter what other people are thinking or what they say, just own it and continue to do what’s best for your body, while still maintaining your duty to Allah. It’s something to be proud of! Go get it girls! ;)