Today’s writing prompt is to give a piece of advice. I’m at the age where I’ve realized I really need to workout more consistently. Like many people, this is hard for me. There’s nothing I loathe more than a ‘workout’. Over the years I’ve learned that I’m much more likely to be active if I’m outside playing some sort of sport or going hiking or something along those lines. A runner I am not… I’ve literally hated every. single. second. of running.
However, I’m not here to advise you on the perfect workout plan, but rather the best part of exercising: workout wear! Sadly, new gym clothes totally motivate me to get out and be active. Also I figured, since I work with this stuff, I can give you a little bit of what I’ve learned to invest in and what you can get on the cheap. The good news? Most of it you can get on the cheap!
Tops. I just get plain old t-shirts. Even when I’m really working out, I don’t sweat too, too much, so cotton content (and therefore, lack of moisture-wicking) isn’t a huge concern for me. My hands-down favorite tees and tanks are actually from Forever 21.
The V-Neck Tee. Size up one or two sizes for the perfect slouch and this top is great for pretty much any occasion. I wear mine all the time and they’re especially nice for low- to moderate-intensity workouts. (If you’re going to be sweating all over the place, then you probably should get something moisture-wicking though).
The Relaxed Fit Racerback Tank. Ugh, this tank is perfect. Just the right amount of slouch and, once again, multi-purpose. Not to mention, both tops are $5.80, so they’re incredible values!
Okay, here’s what might surprise you. My favorite sports bra is from…
Yep, that’s right. Here’s my reasoning: unless you’re willing to invest in some sort of military-grade technology in a sports bra, if you’re big busted you’re kind of out of luck. I have to double up if I’m doing really high-impact activity, but otherwise I really like these Adjustable-Strap Sports Bras. Now with sports bras band size is really more important than cup size. If you’re say a D and buy a size Large, but you’re also a 32/34, you won’t get enough support. With sports bras I tend to buy a size Small for the compression factor. This specific bra is nice because the straps are adjustable, which is a feature I often need but tend to not see as much in sports bras.
So then what would I spend on?
-Sneakers: Every activity you do will be miserable if your feet aren’t properly supported. It’s that simple. The big brands all have outlet stores, so I suggest shopping there if you’re looking for a deal (that’s where I got mine).
-Leggings: Hear me out, I would have never dreamed of paying over $10 for a pair of leggings. But then all the pairs I owned wore out or wound up fitting quite poorly. I bought a couple from work and I’ve forever changed my mind on the subject.
For instance, these Under Armour leggings are amazingly warm, so comfortable and fit perfectly! A great option for the fall/winter.
The best leggings though? Okay, it’s going to be a bit of sticker shock, but these Beyond Yoga leggings are ridiculous. They are thicker than normal leggings (but breathable), feature a waistband that prevents them from sliding down and they hold their shape forever. Yes, they’re expensive, but you’ll literally never buy another pair of leggings again. My co-worker has had hers for over five years and they still fit like a new pair. No baggy knees or butt. Trust.