Gym Apparel

Most of us tend to flock towards whatever a high profile athlete or celebrity is wearing because we like it, and we assume if they wear it, it must be good. I, unlike many others tend to go against the grain a small bit and wear what the majority of people would probably not wear to the gym because it’s not exactly stylish. However, I feel comfortable wearing it and it allows for movement, it is appropriate attire and most of the time it is breathable material (although many times, I don’t do so well in that department). I personal believe that people should wear clothing that is all 3 three of those things: allows for movement, breathable material, and fits you comfortably. Not something many people give a care about, but something you should consider when shopping for a new gym outfit. 


The reason it’s more important to shop smart vs stylish is because you have to consider the type of sport you play, the kind of workouts you participate in, your body type, how often you sweat (if you sweat at all), and the environment in which you exercise in. Wearing the latest Nike leggings may add to the cute factor but the sacrifice may be that they don’t absorb sweat very well. If you are going to pay good money for your things, I want to make sure you know what to look for so that it caters to your style but also is appropriate for the activity. 


If you follow the 3 rules:

  1. allows movement
  2. breathable material
  3. comfortable clothing

You will find that it might aid to your workouts. 


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Bring the gym to your home

Not everyone likes going to the gym to get their fitness for the day, I don’t blame them, because even though I attend a gym, not every gym treats their customers well, maintains a clean gym facility and the people that attend them don’t always make newcomers feel comfortable. It is hard to choose a gym, and even though I provided people with a “how to” in choosing a gym, some people just feel more comfortable within their own four walls. 


Personally, I have worked out at home with workout videos, believe it or not, I was doing “Taebo” with Billy Blanks for a while because my mom gave me the home videos for when I wanted to lose weight. I enjoyed it for a little while, it was a challenge because I was out of shape and got down on myself when I didn’t get something right or couldn’t keep up. I then decided to search for workouts that could be done at the house for when I decided I wasn’t in the mood to leave the house to workout. I used Pinterest at the time and found workouts I could do at the house, they were good workouts but I didn’t take them seriously because I never put my all into them.  I had to soon resort to making sure I attended the gym on a regular basis in order to take things seriously, and push myself. This was my story, but I know people who do home workouts and swear by them, and that is their story.  I say if it works, then do it. 


This post isn’t about whether home workouts are good or bad, that isn’t something someone can tell you, that is something that is specific to each individual, some of you may enjoy workout videos, home exercises, and some of you may not find them to be enjoyable and much prefer to attend a gym or class, either one is okay.  This post is about sharing with you the positives that can come from working out at home and I will share some ideas on how to go about working out at home if you are interested,


The benefits to staying home:

  • It is Free, you don’t have to pay to stay at your house to workout
  • Minimal equipment, you don’t need to purchase a ton of equipment in order to workout at home
  • Choices- you can workout outside or indoors
  • No dress code, you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in without judgement
  • No one is laughing at your mistakes- no one will make light of your mistakes, make them with no judgement
  • Save time- no drive time to and back from a gym
  • Your trainer is the video, you don’t have to worry about trainers switching up on you, taking vacations, etc. 
  • Privacy
  • Some would argue “greater consistency” because they can’t make excuses for why they don’t workout (the weather, traffic, time)
  • Guaranteed clean environment because you live there, you can make it as clean as you would like
  • Progress at your pace, not having to compare your results with others from a class 

Home videos:

  • Billy Blanks Taebo
  • Youtube videos (choose wisely)
  • P90X
  • insanity
  • Zumba
  • 21 day Fix
  • Prenatal physique
  • PIYo Yoga
  • Focus T25
  • 30 Day shred Jillian Michaels
  • Shaun T Cize
  • Body Beast
  • Hip Hop Abs
  • Richard Simmons (he makes me laugh)
  • Getting ideas from Pinterest

If you know someone or if you have had any luck with any of these workouts, please share with my readers, they would love to hear about it. Also, if you are like myself and cannot get motivated enough to workout at home, would love to hear why. If anyone has other forms of working out they use when at home, please feel free to share. Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed the read, share, like, follow and comment. 


Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

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