Saturday, July 10, 2010
An Added Benefit to Becoming Fit
With the 2 little trips that we have taken so far this summer- Santa Claus, IN and Fort Wayne, IN- I discovered an added bonus to being a fitness focused mom. You may recall that I posted about workout clothes at one point. I've got quite the collection now. 3 pairs of capris, 1 pair of shorts, 4 sports bras, countless quality wicking socks, various wicking t shirts and tank tops. It's almost an addiction. I love the Champion line at Target for sports bras and tanks. I have found an added benefit to this fitness wardrobe. These are 2 items that I never would have purchased if I hadn't started this whole Healthier Me thing. This is my favorite sports bra and my running belt. The bra was $15 and the belt was $20. That little belt pouch is made of an expandable meshy material that holds a lot more than you might think. I primarily use it to hold my cell phone and car key when I go out for a lunch hour run. When I did Race for the Cure, I also carried some cash, my debit card, and my ID along with the phone and car key. That belt has become hugely useful for any occassion where I don't want to haul around a purse or wallet. Instead of just fastening it around me, I actually run it though my belt loops for security. Then I use it to carry the debit card, cash, ID, phone, car key. The sports bra... this is a necessity for running. I'm currently reading "Run Like A Mother" and it said that some group did some study that a woman's breasts- no matter what size- can move up to 8 inches when running. Ouch! Jeff also noted, when cheering from the sidelines of my 5K, that there were many women who needed to invest in a good sports bra. It's a wicking fabric. This means that the wet sweaty stuff doesn't stay on your skin. So when we have a vacation plan that includes spending a lot of time outdoors, sweating, in the sun... that sports bra quickly becomes the most comfortable undergarment I can wear. It's comfy, it helps me stay cool(ish). I also tend to pair it with one of my workout wicking tanks. Who knew that investing in clothes that enhance my fitness performance and my confidence level could also be so completely functional for fun and everyday life?