Now this may surprise some of you that have seen me at the gym or running at the park. I usually look like crap, in a race tee or an old tank top and black shorts or black shorts. What you don't know is the thought that goes into the selection of those pieces.
- SPORTS BRA: This is the most important article of clothing. What exercise will I do today? Plyometrics? Running? Interval training? Then I need my most supportive bra. These girls like warm hugs, just like Olaf. If I'm going to be doing something less bouncy, like Leg Day or Yoga or sometimes even Spin (if the room is dark), medium support works. Also important to check for with the bra is the temperature outside if you'll be doing anything outdoors. If so, make sure you have at least least some padding up front. You don't want to be anyone's weather vane.
- UNDERWEAR: If you fall in the "commando" category, this is not a category for you. This is like bras in that it depends on the activity I'm doing. Depending on what it is, I pick thong, bikini, built- ins, or boy cut. Anything else is unacceptable. Then it's material. I have a few different materials, each are promised that they won't ride up (all lies).
- SHORTS: From there I go to shorts, which is my most hated piece of clothing, because it covers my most hated area of my body. I own a lot of soccer type shorts and a lot of yoga type pants. I layer a lot because many of them (both kinds) don't pass the Bend Test) anymore. Really, the way I choose this item is which one I hate the least at that particular moment, and if it doesn't pass the Bend-Test, I'll put some Lycra under it.
- TOP: The top should be something that covers my muffin top, if the shorts I chose emphasize my muffin top. If I'm feeling particularly weak that day, I pick a shirt from a race that was hard for me because it reminds me that I am, despite how a feel at that moment, pretty tough. If I am working arms, no matter how I feel, I pick a tank top. Now, if the tank top has a razor back then I have to make sure that the bra has a razor back. Another thing, I need to make sure that the top and the bra aren't clashing colors. It would ruin a workout if I discovered that I wore a pink bra and I had on a red shirt (it's happened and it did).
- SOCKS: I enjoy wearing long socks even though they look a bit silly. I also enjoy wearing socks that feel like they are being wrapped in an angel's tears swaddled in clouds. Okay, I exaggerate, but I do suggest that if you have foot issues that you stop buying a pack of 10 socks for $6 at Walmart and go spend $15 for one pair of socks at a sports store. It literally hurts your heart to buy socks that cost that much but it's the best money you'll ever spend on your feet. So I pull on silly long socks or expensive ugly socks and neither of those match anything else I'm wearing.
- SHOES: I used to have one pair of shoes for running and one pair for the gym but now I just have the one for the gym, so this step goes quickly, unless my kid has decided to hide my shoes.
|She couldn't pick the right clothes, either!|
You see? It's quite an ordeal? When getting dressed for the day, besides my foundation clothing, I ask myself , "Do you care today?" If the answer is yes, I try to put on decent clothes. If the answer is no, track pants and a tee. I don't know when the gym became so much more complicated than my life, but I think this is a sobering thought that I should really spend more time thinking about. But first, I'd better do some cardio!