My legs are pasty white, making my leg hair look more coarse and dark than it actually is.
I would need several consecutive days in the sun and a tub of baby oil to darken the skin and bleach the hair. I don't have that kind of time.
I could eliminate part of the problem with a razor, like one of those swim or bike enthusiasts. But I don't particularly need to be more aerodynamic. Plus, as a matter of principle, I will not shave body hair. (It's a moral stand I can easily take because I am not gorilla-hairy. Like, I don't have ear hair, or back hair that you can see from a distance. Yet.)
So I wear jogging pants at the gym.
Even though it's humid (and getting more humid, it seems, each week) and there is only one rotating fan to cool the room containing 20 treadmills, ellipticals and other machines, and I am sweating all out of proportion to how much I exercise, I will not wear shorts.
I am sure I would be more comfortable, could run longer, keep from overheating and getting soaked by the rivers of sweat running down my back and in my eyes, if I cared less.
But being sopping wet and near cardiac arrest is a small price for vanity, right?