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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Shay-lon

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Whole Foods VS Walmart

I figured this would be a fun little discussion between two grocery stores. The reason why I chose these two is because: 1) whole foods is known to be one of the better stores to have healthier options, 2.) most people know what a “Walmart” is and it is another grocery store that is popular among Americans. Both of these grocery stores have pros and cons and some of you might shop at one or the other or both depending on your needs and finances. 

 

My town does not have a Whole Foods store, but we do have a Walmart – two of them. I don’t particularly like shopping at Walmart because of it being constantly busy, sometimes the people piss me off (this is just honesty) and I live closer to a Kroger store but I will shop there for my feminine products and minor grocery depending on what it is. When I resided in Colorado Springs (I now reside in Ohio) I would go to Whole foods just for the burritos they made, so good! yum! but never actually shopped at a Whole Foods Store. The closest Whole foods to me would be about a hour or so away, so not too bad. 

 

Keep in mind this blog topic isn’t meant to make one out to be BETTER than the other – but to give perspective and start an engaging conversation as to why you shop at one or the other, or both! Maybe you don’t shop at either one of these stores, and if that is the case, share what store you prefer and why! This will be from my own perspective/data and also from research! 

 
 

Walmart:

Pros:

 
  1. They pride themselves with “Always low prices”
  2. Price matching
  3. newspaper ads, online presence
  4. During the holidays some of them offer layaway
  5. You can buy food, clothing, electronics, furniture, misc, household cleaning supplies, etc – in other words, ONE STOP SHOP! 
  6. they typically have restaurants inside them, so if you get hungry
  7. Their locations are vast
  8. huge employer
  9. most have a vision place to get exams, eyeglasses, contacts
  10. most offer a tire/lube place to have your vehicles tires replaced or oil change
  11. instore pick up or ship to home option
  12. Some might add the entertainment value (all sorts of society shop at Walmart) for a while there was a site or YouTube channel called the “people of Walmart”
  13. offers a credit card
  14. Typically attracts other businesses when a new Walmart comes to town
  15. Self check out option
  16. They accept EBT, debit/credit, checks, cash, Walmart gift cards, etc as a form of payment
  17. Typically open 24 hours
  18. Great Value brands for cheaper prices
  19. Gives towards charity
  20. They bake cakes for special occasions

Cons:

  1. Typically has one or two registers open – so either have to use the self check out or wait in long lines 
  2. Whenever I have gone to a Walmart and needed help finding a particular product, 95 percent of the time the employee didn’t even know what it was, didn’t know where it was located within the store
  3. I have found where they mark something down on a tag and it is the same price as the regular price
  4. I am not a huge fan of their produce area 
  5. I have been told the pay rate sucks as an employee there (depending on where you live)
  6. Their pricing of clothing isn’t that much cheaper than shopping someplace else with better quality (in my opinion where I reside)
  7. The cashiers always seem in a sad or bad mood whenever I’ve been there. lol I have had some rude ones too! 
  8. I don’t like their quality of beef or chicken 
  9. Sometimes the great value price is higher than the name brand
  10. People drive like maniacs through their parking lot — this is just from my own experience 
  11. It’s a huge store, many times you have to go from one end to the other to get everything you need – so if you are ever in a rush for time, this is probably not your go to

Now this whole pro and con list is again from my experience and different research I’ve done, be sure to add your own opinions to either list! 

 

Whole Foods

Pros:

  1. Good for college students who are need of a job (research says many college students work here to earn extra income)
  2. Supposedly great medical insurance 
  3. Quality products 
  4. Most if not all of them offer a salad bar, food kitchen area to have food made out for you to go or stay and eat
  5. surrounded by people who like eating healthier food options
  6. Educates people on healthy eating
  7. Variety of food products
  8. All meat sources at Whole foods is said to be raised without hormones or antibiotics 
  9. Gluten free food selection
  10. Typically more local foods found here
  11. They care about the environment
  12. By 2018 they are supposedly going to commit to GMO labeling on all their products
  13. Quality standards for both farm and wild caught seafood
  14. offers coupons
  15. online recipes on their site
  16. able to shop online
  17. offer flyers
 

Cons:

  1. Not a one stop shop
  2. tends to be more expensive
  3. Located in bigger cities vs smaller communities (typically)
  4. spending more and bringing home less groceries (a reviewer said)
  5. Some people prefer trader Joes over whole foods.
  6. Bigger stores – again can make it harder to navigate
  7. Have been reported they sometimes make it hard to tell the prices of things on their shelves

Again, Whole foods list of pros and cons came from my own experience and other reviews I had seen online. Feel free to add to either list your opinions! 

 

I hope all of you enjoyed this fun topic between the two stores! the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF CHOOSING A GROCERY STORE is choosing one that fits your needs and budget! 🙂

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

 
 

Spin Classes

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Just keep spinning, just keep spinning…..

 

The amount of sweat, the speed, the amount of hours people will go for spinning makes my legs weak thinking about it, because I know from watching the videos, people have to be tired by the end of the workout – I would be. I don’t know a whole lot of people who take part in spin classes, but I do know some, and they enjoy it because of the amount of calories they burn and the amount of sweat that pours out of them after the class. My take on spin class was riding a bike and enjoying some good music, but I was wrong, so much more goes into spinning depending on the class and fitness level of the individual, they even have youtube videos people can follow for spinning, which seem very helpful. How many of you have taken a spin class? good, bad, in between, what is your take? I haven’t yet participated in a spin class, and I don’t necessarily have it on my bucket list but I also don’t mind trying something new, so it may be something I look into down the road if my workouts start to get boring. This post isn’t one that will judge spin classes or people who take part in it, it will be a post with information about spinning for those who may be interested or don’t know anything about it. Feel free to share your spin stories with me in the comment section. 

 

Benefits:

 
  1. Helps to burn calories- I have had people say they burn through 800 or more calories sometimes doing spin classes (although standard is maybe 400-600) 
  2. Improved cardiovascular health- which is to be expected since it is a cardio exercise
  3. Low impact workout
  4. Most spin classes allow for you to progress at your own pace
  5. Uses large muscle groups in your legs- tones
  6. I have had people tell me it is a great abdominal workout overtime – nothing shows immediately but because they have to use proper technique and form when riding, you will feel it in your abdominal area too. 
  7. Builds mental strength 
  8. You have people around you during the class, so you aren’t alone.
  9. Builds stamina
  10. You get to listen to music the whole time while pedaling, music is good right? lol
  11. Some classes offer a hand-weight while spinning (this shouldn’t replace your resistance training)

Some Cons… 

  1. The instructor guides you, but it is up to the individual to be motivated enough to push themselves through the workout
  2. can be semi-expensive depending on the packages / classes. 
  3. The seat can be uncomfortable for some spinners, so they might have pelvic injuries/aches
  4. the music may not be your taste, if you are picky
  5. some people may not like being surrounded about others

So overall, spinning may be your cup of tea or it may not, but it something to do if you want to implement something new in your workout regimen, either way, I think the most important part is it keeps your moving! Give it a try or pass it by, your choice!

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxxx