So, confession time...
Up until last Monday, I had not worked out regularly since probably last fall. There were a couple of times that I managed my heavy bag workout, but overall I have simply not felt like doing anything. Now this really does come as quite a surprise to me, as I have always been a person who exercises at least six days a week, starting in my teenage years and continuing up until the last year or so.
I can actually remember when I was younger, probably in my 20's, and a woman my age would say she just didn't have time to work out, or didn't care to work out, or if she did, it was on a 'when I get around to it' basis, and I felt so shocked! How in the WORLD could anyone possibly go more than a day without working out???
Fast forward 20 years or so, and I am that woman! It's not that I don't want to look firm and toned like I did just a few years ago, because I do...I really, really do! I just don't want to have to work at it, and wish it could magically happen. Flash back to reality where we all know that if you don't put in the time to exercise, you are not going to see any results...no pain, no gain, as the saying goes.
Well, what is a woman to do about this? For me, I have to be careful what type of workout I do, since I tend to build muscle easily, and can actually end up looking bulkier or larger, instead of slimmer, which is my main reason for working out to begin with.
Yes, I know the health benefits are very important too, but if we're being honest, don't we all really exercise for the weight loss and muscle tone? Of course we do, and my top three workouts to help slim, firm, & tone without becoming bulky are the Free Standing Heavy Bag (you can read my review here), a combination of Winsor Pilates & Callanetics, and simply walking
(although around here it's usually more like hiking).
Last Monday I decided I would start off with Pilates & Callanetics. I'm still feeling a bit weak and congested after my long bout of influenza at the beginning of the month, so I really didn't feel like doing anything too strenuous just starting out again. I must say that all of the stretching really has felt good, and I can feel my core starting to strengthen again, too. So far I managed to exercise every day last week, except for Sunday, and plan to try and continue (to the best of my ability) to do so from here on out. Realistic? Maybe not, but you never know if you don't try. :)
So girls, on another (semi-related) note...
don't we all agree that a cute outfit to do your workout in is part of the 'fun' of exercising?
After all, there's got to be some initiative to endure all that sweating and pain!
Am I right?
I personally have several 'go to' pieces in my 'workout wardrobe' that I've acquired over the past several years, and they are still going strong today...not from lack of use, but because the quality of the items were very good to begin with.
The majority of the items I wear came from Athleta, but I did pick up a few pieces from the sale rack of TJ Maxx as well (always love finding bargains at that store).
In true 'me' fashion, I spent a bit of time doing some online window shopping so that I could share some cute workout clothing options with you, because after all...
you know that I love to share that kind of stuff. :)
Take a peek at my picks...
On another workout related note...in my post yesterday I mused that I had ordered two of these water bottles from Amazon, and think that they are fabulous. They have received a 4.5 star rating out of over 3500 reviews actually.
I bought the grey (in case my hubby wants to carry one, although I love the color for myself, as well) and the pink w/pink cap (so very cute, and such a fun, happy color, too).
One of my get healthier/stay healthier goals is to drink at least 64oz. of water a day, and this water bottle is really helping me to keep that goal so far. It's easy to tote around, and I don't have to worry about the water spilling or leaking out everywhere.
How has your exercise and workout routine been going these days? Are you able to keep a consistent schedule going, or do you tend to slack off these days like I have been doing? What sort of workouts do you prefer to do? Do you have any favored brands of workout clothing?
Do share...it's always fun to hear from you. :)