Do Sweatpants Make You Sweat?

For more than a year now, I’ve been working out and dieting. And I’ve had quite a bit of success – 123 pounds in one year, which is about 60% of my goal. And my son has been helping, in his five-year-old way. He gets excited about helping me hit my daily walking goals, and sometimes he’ll help me count reps as I do crunches or squats or the like, and he drags me out swimming. To him, it isn’t about “daddy dieting”. It’s about “daddy’s playing with me more”.

One day, I come out of my bedroom with my sweats on, getting ready to work out. He starts jumping around, repeating “You’re wearing soft pants! Like mine!”

“They’re called sweatpants,” I tell him.

“Do sweatpants make you sweat?” he responds.


What Are Sweatpants?


Seriously. You have to have seen these before.

Amusingly, there’s an entire Wikipedia article on sweatpants. There, they are defined as “a casual variety of soft trousers intended for comfort or athletic purposes, although they are now worn in many different situations. In Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa they are known as tracksuit bottoms or jogging bottoms. In Australia, they are also commonly known as trackpants, trackies or tracky daks.”

Where did they come from?

A few different web sites state that sweatpants were invented by a French clothing merchant named Émile Camuset, founder of Le Coq Sportif, a sporting goods company, and that they were created specifically to give athletes something to warm up in.

Why do we wear them when exercising?

There’s a couple of reasons to wear sweatpants when exercising. They’re cheap, they’re easy to move in, and they can be washed easily after you finish sweating. And they’re comfortable, which can be important. And, if it’s chilly where you’re exercising, they can help keep your legs warm. They don’t help you lose weight, though. Yes, you probably will sweat more in them, because they’ll help retain body heat. But sweating isn’t really weight loss. It’s just water weight, and you’ll put that back on as soon as you finish drinking.

Me, I wear them because I have them on hand. And yes, they do make me sweat.