Don’t get all attached to your new pajama jeans just yet, Porky.
Wearing the comfortable wardrobe staple isn’t just a fashion crime- according to physiotherapist Sammy Margo, who discussed their impact on muscles to several media outlets, their ease of wear comes with a price:
‘Leggings feel good and look great and I am as addicted to them as anyone, but there is a downside.
‘They hold in and support the quadriceps (thigh muscles), buttocks and core muscles in your tummy, and do the job the muscles are supposed to do.
‘As a result, the muscles are allowed to relax and switch off, so when we reveal our bodies for the first time as summer approaches, they are not as svelte or firm as they otherwise would be.’
Margo would also like you to know that not only does wearing leggings impact muscles, but they also enable you not to feel horrible enough about yourself all the time to maintain a proper level of self flagellation. She sniffs:
‘Leggings hide the bits of our bodies we don’t like, such as the cellulite on our legs or our “muffin top”, so we are able to ignore the problem and we are less motivated to exercise these parts.’
Margo offers this totally reasonable advice for women who have completely lost their figures due to the unabashed wearing of leggings:
‘Suck your stomach in as far as it will go then breathe out about halfway. Tie a piece of string around your stomach at that point and keep it there all day.’