I'm a woman in my early 20s, and I've recently started going to a new gym. I just graduated from college and am trying to get back in shape after leading a fairly sedentary lifestyle during the last month or so of school, at which time I was working on final papers non-stop and had very little time to exercise.
At my old gym, everyone pretty much looked the way you'd expect a person to look while working out, whether they were male or female. However, at this new gym, I've noticed a pretty weird trend: a LOT of the women come in with full makeup, straightened hair, the "whole nine yards." I understand if you're coming straight from work (though I try to go in the morning to avoid the post-workday rush), but wouldn't it make more sense to wash your face and put your hair up before getting all sweaty on the machines? I should add that I have nothing against women wearing makeup or styling their hair as they see fit. I wear makeup and do my hair when I go out, just not to the gym.
Basically, my question to all of you lady gym-goers is this: do you wear makeup to the gym? If you do, why?
(Side note: this question is really not meant to be disrespectful. I'm just actually curious about what the motivation is here.)