If you’re heading into the New Year hoping to start an exercise habit, or you have a steady workout routine but would love to simplify your workout wear, this post is absolutely to cheer you on!
Last Christmas I had just had our third baby. After months of shooting leg and back pain during the pregnancy, I was eager to start working out and feeling strong again. The only Christmas gifts I asked for were some workout clothes, since I basically was starting from scratch. Before this point, I had always worked out in some leftover cotton tee from college (totally clueless about the loveliness of wicking fabrics). After each pregnancy, I’ve gotten back into shape through walking and occasional pilates classes, but then I would be pregnant again and it all went out the window. I’m one of those pregnant ladies who prefers a nap on the couch to the gym.
Our membership to the Y is one of the things I wish I had started earlier. We didn’t sign up until Tommy was maybe eighteen months old, and between the childcare, pool, and exercise classes – the Y is my triple threat at combatting any depression and overwhelm that can creep in as a mother of three kids. This past spring, I tried a lot of classes – boot camp, cycling, plyo, yoga, and the one that has stuck is yoga. I try to go to three classes every week – I love it so much.
I built a simple “capsule” or collection of workout clothes tucked into one dresser drawer. It didn’t cost a ton of money and it makes it easier to get dressed and go (so you won’t talk yourself out of it!). I try to avoid excess and stick to simple black or grey so mixing is a no brainer. I prefer to wear tanks when I’m working out, regardless of the weather outside. I like wearing cropped pants in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter, when its just too cold, I switch to full leggings. If you’ve never tried high rise leggings, I am a big fan of the way they hold everything in, especially for yoga when you’re bending over a lot. I keep one sweatshirt in the drawer for cold days. Since no shoes or socks are required for yoga, I typically wear my Pons or Sorels to class.
Since I work out three days a week, my capsule is made up of 3 tanks, 3 capri high rise leggings, 1 full length legging (looking at buying another pair or two for winter this year), 3 workout bras, and 1 sweatshirt. It all easily fits one drawer, and I like that I can also wear these combos on a hike with my kids or to swing by the library or grocery store.
January is a great time to stock up on workout gear, but don’t buy more than you need for any given week. I love the simplicity of one drawer filled with just enough to hit my workout goals for the week. If you’re starting a fresh habit, like I was last year, and feel like you have a long way to go – take it slow and steady. I found it was more about getting there three times a week and using lighter weights, so I wouldn’t feel super sore the next day and give up. It’s about that consistency, so you will naturally build strength as you go. Just think where you could be by next Christmas season!
Happy New Year, friends and all the fist bumps for taking care of your health!