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5 Reasons People Wear Hats to the Gym

By Taylor James


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Exercise is essential to many people, with many fitness enthusiasts preferring to go to the gym rather than stay home for a workout. However, along with keeping their head in the game, some people put a hat on their heads.

People wear hats to the gym because they’re having a bad hair day or covering up bald patches. Others wear hats to the gym because caps can collect dripping sweat, keep their hair out of their face, and create a casual yet relaxed look.  

Read on to learn more about why people wear gym hats. You may discover a reason to wear a baseball cap during your next workout.

lifting weights wearing a hat
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Hats Can Cover Up Bad Hair Days

Waking up early to run on a treadmill isn’t everyone’s dream, but it’s a reality for some. However, you can’t have a picture-perfect appearance 24/7.

You might wake up one morning and find that your hair is just unfixable in the amount of time you have, and going to the gym with your messy hair isn’t the most attractive option. So, what do you do? You wear a hat.

Some people might wear hats to the gym to hide their messy hair on bad days. Hey, it happens to the best of us!

Hats Collect Sweat

You’ll inevitably break a sweat with all that physical activity at the gym. It can become annoying to keep wiping sweat off your face with a towel. Why not make things easier? Hats absorb your sweat and prevent it from dripping into your face. Therefore, people might wear hats to the gym to soak up their sweat.

If you’re going to do this, make sure you wash your hat before wearing it again. If you don’t, your hat will begin to smell. Depending on the hat type you may even be able to clean it in the washing machine along with other gym wear to save time.

One popular example on Amazon is the New Balance Lightweight Athletic Beanie.

Hats Keep Hair From Falling Onto Your Face

For those of you with longer hair, this one’s for you. It can be so annoying for your hair to fall on your face while lifting weights or running on the treadmill.

Tying it up could be painful too, which isn’t the best experience when you’re trying to give it all in the squat rack. If you tuck your hair into a hat, you’ll be able to commit your focus to your exercise routine.

With that in mind, people might wear hats to the gym to have better focus while exercising.

Hats Can Hide Hair Loss or Balding

While we think people should embfrace hairloss as much as possible there might be times when you want to cover your head. In this case a fashionable baseball cap may help to promote confidence.

man wearing beanie at the gym

Hats Look Cool

As always, hats are a popular aspect of fashion! Some people like or want to look good, and the the hym is no exception. Weraing a baseball cap while you lift weights keeps your hair out of your face, absorbs sweat, and allows you to express yourself.

Whether it be your favorite sports team colors, or a hat with the gym’s logo, ball caps are a fantastic form of expression.


Being confident in the gym is what matters most. Hats can be a great option to remove the constant stream of sweat on a face or prevent hair getting in the way. They are also a great way to express yourself, have fun with style and enjoy ourself in the gym.

Pros and cons of wearing a beanie to the gym.

About Taylor James

As Philip Treacy once said, “How a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about.” And on that note, I hope you enjoy your hats and find the site useful. Learn more about Hat Realm's Editorial Process.