Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think going to the gym or for a run is a fashion show. I know it’s more about getting out and about moving your body to improve your health and fitness and less about being bang on-trend. However, I do think that your mood can be vastly improved by knowing that you look the business. Then you can get on with the job in hand. I know that I stand taller and work harder in the gym if I look like I’m supposed to be there and haven’t just chucked on something I found in the back of my husband’s cupboard. If I know that my clothes are flattering and won’t let me down (think tops riding up, leggings falling down or bra malfunctions mid jog) I’ll be more confident during my routine. If you look forward to putting on your funky workout gear, then surely you’ll want to do it more often?
Whenever I buy a new pair of trainers or a new sports bra, I get really excited about the first run wearing them. There’s always a sense of anticipation about the potential improvement in performance. Will I be bouncier and faster in this new pair of aerodynamic, neutral, air sprung, gee whizz trainers? Will this bra stop my boobs from plummeting towards earth? Will these super soft alpaca wool running socks stop me from getting nasty blisters or stinky feet? The excitement as I put the new piece on is palpable.
I certainly don’t have lots of cash to splash on workout clothes with two young’uns in nursery and bills to pay, but I do believe that the occasional mini-splurge on great fitness wear is worth its weight in gold when it comes to motivation. You don’t have to go for higher end brands, but do go for sports-wear designed for women, in good quality fabrics, that will last. Just think how good you’d feel wearing this Adidas Stella McCartney top as opposed to some of the stuff on this amusing blog. The author hits the nail on the head when she mentions those trainers with the toes. What the hecky peck are they?!
Above all, go for clothes that fit you really well. You don’t need to spend a fortune but make sure you’re comfortable and feel ‘the part’. As the saying goes ‘you’re worth it’.
Eliza Antoniszyna (inles)
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