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October 30, 2011 6:20 AM
Hi Everyone,
This might be a really dumb question, but for those of you who wear glasses and exercise regularly, how do you do it? Do you run with your glasses on? Weight lift with them on? I'm an avid contact lens wearer, but after contracting an eye infection (gross, I know!), I now need to refrain from wearing my contacts for a little while. I hate wearing my glasses, especially if I'm sweating, and I have no idea how to exercise with them. I've seen people at my gym remove their glasses while on the tread mill, but I'm afraid of not being able to see clearly. So, what do you all do?
October 30, 2011 6:23 AM
i wear mine
October 30, 2011 6:25 AM
I had pretty a similar situation early this year, and I haven't really got back into wearing contact lenses yet even though I am allowed to do so.

For some repetitive exercises / postures, I just take off my glasses until I'm done. I don't really have any trouble with them on the treadmill or elliptical, but anything where I need to tilt my head or lean forward causes them to fall off my head! In those cases I just set them aside for the duration, then put them back on.
October 30, 2011 6:25 AM
I dont wear mine. It seems like i waste more time keeping them up than doing the exercise. So, during this time i dont wear them
October 30, 2011 6:25 AM
i wear mine while i work out, that includes running and weightlifting. i take them off when i do squat thrusts because i'm moving so much i end up almost knocking them off anyway, and i'm blind as a BAT.
October 30, 2011 6:25 AM
I wear my glasses at the gym, I wouldn't be able to see what I was doing otherwise! lol
October 30, 2011 6:25 AM
I had Lasik surgery about 6 months ago (LIFE CHANGING!!!), but before, I would have to wear my glasses when exercising. I would get sweaty and they would slide down my nose, but without them I couldn't see a thing.
October 30, 2011 6:26 AM
i wear them i wouldn't be able to see what i was doing otherwise!
ps any ideas on them getting foggy would be helpful and how to stop it?
October 30, 2011 6:28 AM
Reading this made me giggle because I was asking myself the same question last week. I got conjunctivitis, which meant no lenses for over a week :( Anyway I wore my glasses at the gym, it wasn't ideal but I took them off, within 5 mins of getting on a piece of equipment once i had set my workout time/level etc. then put them on to move to the next. That worked best for me. But I also tried leaving them on one day, it just meant i had to clean them through my workout. Overall there not a nuisance unless you're trying to box. I needed them to see but they kept moving while i was trying to punch.

Give it a go, it will probs not be as bad as you think it will.
October 30, 2011 6:29 AM
I wear mine for walking, running, zumba, and aerobics. Sometimes I take mine off during Yoga only because the poses don't really make room for them sometimes.
October 30, 2011 6:31 AM
I've always worn my glasses, and I'm a certified optician. If they are sliding off while you exercise, go see your optician and get them re-fitted. It could be they are just loose and need a little maintenence. Unless you're doing contact sports, they should be fine for everything you do!

I will say, I love the prescription running glasses I invested in this year. Perfect for outdoor running!!!
October 30, 2011 6:33 AM
I wear mine until my face gets too sweaty & they start to slip down my nose. At that point, I prop them on top of my head. I sure would love to hear a great solution to this problem. Fortunately, I am near sighted, so I can see near me pretty well.
October 30, 2011 6:33 AM
I take mine off because as long as the object is big I feel I am fine without them. Also I find when I sweat during exercising while wearing my glasses it leaves them feeling icky and bacteria begins to build up especially with them behind your ears. I usually shower afterwards then put them back on. But if you want to wear yours just make sure you put your hair in a ponytail so it doesn't get too uncomfortable...after a while you get used to it.
October 30, 2011 6:35 AM
You can get straps that go on the earpieces of your glasses and go around the back of your head to keep them from falling off. I don't remember what they're called, but they're easy to find at pharmacies, WalMart, whatever. I don't work out with my glasses, but my vision isn't that bad, and I'm not going out running. If I were running, I'd probably wear them because I'm near-sighted, but then I'd get one of those strap things.
October 30, 2011 6:35 AM
I used to wear glasses when I excercise but I haven't in over 2 years now. It was too annoying dealing with them slipping off my face when I get sweaty. Contacts only and lucky for me I haven't gotten any infection or anything yet. When I did wear them I just coped. I am blind and unless I am reading a book, I will get a bad headache if I don't wear glasses/contacts after a while.
October 30, 2011 6:37 AM
I wear them.
October 30, 2011 6:38 AM
Thanks everyone! I will try it later today and see how it goes. And just in case, I think I will stick to running on a treadmill...
Edited by lynn1982 On October 30, 2011 6:38 AM
October 30, 2011 6:39 AM
Ugh, I hate wearing my glasses while exercising.....*runs off to replace her abused daily wear contacts....* I'm blind without corrective lenses too. Those prescription running glasses sound like a good idea though, have to look for them! smile I think they make swimming goggles too, don't they?
October 30, 2011 6:40 AM
If they fit properly it shouldn't be a problem. I wear mine aleways while running or elliptical but they do become annoying during yoga with certtain poses then I remove them.
Edited by Strive2BLean On October 30, 2011 6:41 AM
October 30, 2011 6:41 AM
i always wear my glasses no matter what im doing aerobics, workouts, walking, running, if yours fall off they may be too loose for your face and you may need them tightened. Good luck
October 30, 2011 6:46 AM
Funny that you posted this. Last month I had terrible allergy eyes and putting in my contacts was not an option. I had to wear my glasses while doing aerobics. I debated for a while what to do. I didn't know how that was going to go over, but actually it was not that bad at all. If I took them off I wouldn't be able to see so I opted for seeing. The only time they bothered me was when I was on the floor working on abs. Looking to see the next ab move was a bit tricky because of my position. I was looking under the rims at the instructor which was blurry... but other than that, it wasn't as bad as I expected. They stayed on my face too while doing high impact aerobics. Wear them so you can see and do your exercises properly and safely. Hope your eye infection is better soon! flowerforyou
October 30, 2011 6:49 AM
I always keep them on for everything, for exercises where you're finding that they slip down or are in danger of flying off, you can get bands that hold them in place, they go around the back of your head, they even work to hold glasses in place on rollercoasters :D
October 30, 2011 6:56 AM

I always keep them on for everything, for exercises where you're finding that they slip down or are in danger of flying off, you can get bands that hold them in place, they go around the back of your head, they even work to hold glasses in place on rollercoasters :D

That's a great idea! Why didn't I think of that? Duh! tongue
October 30, 2011 7:06 AM
If your glasses are sliding off while you exercise, you need to get them refitted. I have worn glasses every day since I was 5. I only take them off to shower and sleep. I get mine refitted anytime they start getting loose and sliding down.
October 30, 2011 7:45 AM
I go back and forth wearing contacts and glasses with very few issues. Contacts are bad when you get dirt in your eye and glasses need cleaning more often.

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