Happy Monday my loves! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and also a great week ahead! Typically, I hated Mondays not only because the weekend has fallen to its death and it was time for work/school again but also the fact that going to gym feels like going to a smelly flea market on Sundays in the ’90s. This together with the 20 minute limit on all cardio machines and the disgusting bathroom conditions has made me upgrade my gym membership to Virgin Active Classic, Alice Lane last year in September (by the way, best damn decision I’ve made in my life).
How do I like my Mondays now you may ask? I love Mondays! Not only because it’s the day I work the hardest at gym but it’s the most enjoyable few hours without feeling as if I’m at a flea market. 🙂 I posted about wearing the right gym gear not so long ago, read it here if you’ve missed it. In that post, I specifically spoke about choosing gym clothes with the right fabric and the right fit to make your workout a more enjoyable one. I realised that I didn’t address one very important factor when talking about the correct gym attire and that is what kind of clothes you should be wearing for different exercises with different intensity. I often cringe when I see women running with massive cotton t-shirts which drags them down, especially when you sweat and the t-shirts get wet and heavy then weighs you down.
Let me be honest with you, in the last 4 months, I’ve probably purchased more exercise clothes and shoes than normal everyday clothes (I even got Lorna Jane stuff for Christmas), I’m utterly obsessed! As I’ve mentioned previously, I motivate myself when it comes to exercise so buying new clothes for gym keeps me motivated, hey you really just have to do what you can to keep yourself motivated. When it comes to gym clothes and accessories, I love bright colours, the brighter the merrier and when I’m not sure about something, I do research. For example, I never knew the difference between training shoes and running shoes. If you’re also wondering what the difference is, training shoes tend to be harder, less flexible, a bit heavier and gives users a great level of comfort for gym because the soles are thicker; running shoes on the other side are more flexible in the toes, they’re lighter in weight, thinner soles but thicker in the heels to help with shock absorption. 🙂 If you just started exercising and plan on picking out one pair of shoes, I recommend choosing running shoes instead because running shoes are lighter and more comfortable to wear, plus it really doesn’t make too much difference doing weights and squats in running shoes provided that you choose a pair with slightly thicker soles.
I’ve put together something quite basic that I would wear or feel comfortable wearing for different types of exercises that I do. Have a look below.
This is typically what I wear to gym, a comfortable pair of tights that’s normally full length or 3/4 with a sports bra and a sleeveless top. A sports bra is very important for me, I like to wear ones from Lorna Jane as I feel that they make sports bras that give you more support than the typical racerback sports bra from other brands. Of course this all depends on what type of exercise you’ll be doing. It’s important that your sports bra gives you enough support but at the same time easy and comfortable to wear and that it’s not too tight, otherwise it will cut into you and it will be difficult to breathe.
I feel that running is a sport that completely exhausts me, but I go back to it every single time. I sweat the most with running so I tend to wear as little as possible. I generally try wearing a tank top with a built in bra so that I don’t have to wear another sports bra inside because I feel that running is the kind of sport that needs the a lot of flexibility with the least restraint. Wearing a sports bra under a top can be rather restraining at times especially when running. Whether you’re running at the crack or dawn or sunset, make sure you wear some protection, so a half cap is the ideal.
Depending on whether I do yoga at gym or at home, I change my yoga outfit accordingly. I tend to wear far less when I’m doing yoga at home, I generally wear very short running tights and a comfortable sports bra. For me, yoga is something that requires the utmost flexibility (if I could I would also shave my head for yoga because I feel whether my hair is in a bun or tied up, it tends to get in the way). Make sure you wearing something comfortable for yoga and I don’t mean oversized t-shirts because they tend to get in the way. I’m completely obsessed with the Nike Studio Wrap, it’s perfect for exercises that are typically done barefoot (e.g. yoga, pilates, dance etc) but it gives you more control and more grip. Can’t find these anywhere as yet here in SA, I’m looking to order myself a pair from overseas. 🙂
Hope you find this post useful or helpful! Let me know what you think! What would you like me to post about in my next “My Fitess Story” series? Let me know by commenting below or sending me an email straight up!