Where I live, the dominant fashion style is casual. And when I say casual, I mean the “I just rolled out of bed” or the “I’m on my way to the gym” look. (Or in reality, the “I’m not going to the gym at all today, I just wear workout clothes all the time” look.)
I can’t blame people. Workout clothes are pretty comfy. And it’s hard to feel motivated to dress up when the only place you’re going for the day is the grocery store. (Where everyone is wearing sweats.) So if you’re going to look like you’re on your way to the gym, at least do it with a little style.
What makes them so great? The fabric is soft and stretchy (yet breathable) and really glides and they’ve got a high waist, so you won’t reveal too much in complicated poses. And as one yoga teacher put it, “they pass the bend test.”
Plus, you’ll be sure to stand out in a see of basic black.
When I designed my new leggings, I thought they’d be great for every day wear – under a dress or a great tunic top. But ever since someone mentioned that they wanted to wear them to go running, I’m obsessed with the idea of my leggings as workout gear too. (And the fabric is perfect for that.)
How much more fun is the idea of going to the gym when you can rock an awesome pair of leggings?
The other night, I was channel surfing and I came across the season premier of the Biggest Loser. I’m an on again, off again fan of the show, and I hadn’t realized the new season had started.
In the scene I caught, Jillian is working out her team and reminds them to remember their WHY.
My first thought was, I guess the fitness community has finally discovered Simon Sinek.
But my second thought turned to my own fitness habits.
Because this year, my exercise regimen has been as on again, off again as my Biggest Loser fandom. And this despite my goal to bike a century this year. (Clearly, that isn’t happening.)
My fitful relationship with exercise this year has included a brief stint riding my bike inside on the trainer (derailed by boredom), a run/walk program this spring (sidelined by a hip injury), and a few solid weeks of swimming laps (interrupted by my travel schedule.)
But this week, I made a new commitment with myself.
I am going to WALK.
Five days a week, for at least thirty minutes.
And I think this one might stick.
Why? Because, without realizing it at first (but made super clear thanks to Jillian), my walking plan is fueled by a strong WHY.
You see, I’ve decided to make walking a regular part of my routine to make it easier to do what I really love.
Which is traveling.
And more specifically, city traveling.
Making a commitment to walking isn’t about losing weight or training for a specific event.
It’s about building city stamina.
(Something that is rather difficult to maintain when you live in the country, believe it or not.)
Perhaps it’s because I’m a city mouse who lives in the country, but I’m happy whenever I’m in a city, regardless of whether it’s one I’ve been to a million times or one I’m exploring for the first time.
But I know I could be happier.
Whether it’s trucking through the airport to catch a flight, exploring a new city, browsing a museum, or just walking my favorite city, I want to have the energy and stamina to enjoy myself to the fullest.
So when my alarm goes off to remind me to go for a walk each day (yes, I set an alarm in my phone to remind me to stop walking and go for a walk) I’ll picture Manhattan. Or Paris. Or that weird tunnel at the Detroit airport that I have to walk through to make my connection.
And I’ll happily head out the door.
Because now my workout has a purpose that completely aligns with my priorities in life.
And that’s a pretty powerful motivator.
What about you? Does your workout have a WHY?