Exercise Tip of the Day: Try Getting Some New Clothes!

You know, no one who has ever met me would mistake me for a girly-girl, much to my chagrin, as I’d like to be more feminine…it’s just I never seem to give that body-project the effort it deserves. In other words, although I’d happily spend hours on the infrastructure – working sometimes tirelessly on becoming the healthiest, the strongest, and the thinnest I can possibly be – I tend to forget about the window dressing, so to speak.

Seriously, I’ll spend days (if not weeks) researching new exercise regimes or recipes, but to take the 15 minutes it would take to do my nails, blow out my hair, or slap on some Chapstick? Forget it! And, not surprisingly, I tend to work out in the same old tired mix-matched workout clothes that I’ve had for years, well, mainly because I’ve had them for years and they’re all right. I mean, who cares if they match? They get the job done…don’t they?

As I have mentioned before, this summer I have really been struggling with finding the motivation to work out. Things are getting better in that regard as I am finally perfecting my HIIT routines, and I have discovered belly dance, but I’m still easily distracted.

The other day, when I was having a particularly bad day, I stopped in at an evil empire-like store that shall remain nameless (but has a big W on the sign) and on a whim I dropped by the women’s clothing section – mainly because all of my sleep pants are way too big and half of the time they hang around my hips like I’m some white trash “wrapper” wanna-be. Not a good look when you’re on the wrong side of forty. But I digress….

Instead of finding a pair of cheap cotton pants to shlep around in in the morning, I ended up checking out some Danskin Now exercise clothes. At only $5.00 per piece of clothing (yes, I know, can anyone say sweat shops?) I bought a cute little pair of shorts and a matching top. Once I got them home, I realized that if they had been purple and white, instead of blue and pink, they would have been scarily close to my old junior high gym suit – that is the junior high gym suit that I wear in imaginary land where I didn’t weigh 185 pounds at age 13.

Actually, now that I stop and think about it, this whole post is one big digression….

The point is – the image of children chained to sewing machines aside – I was totally excited to workout this morning in my new cute and girly exercise clothes! I mean, not only was I excited, I was psyched. And not only was I psyched, I brought it! It was literally one of the best workouts I’ve had all summer! Said cute and girly exercise clothes were sopping wet when I was done – the sweat was literally pouring off of my body. It was awesome. And I felt better than I’d felt in weeks.

That said, I think my next move is to buy some more politically correct exercise clothes and ditch the old rags that I’ve been wearing for the last 2, 3 or maybe even five years.

If you’re experiencing some minor resistance in your exercise regime, you might try it – who knows, it might work for you too!

Drop me a note and let know if it works for you! Or anything else you do to overcome your exercise-related bumps in the road.

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