Today I want to talk about how amazing good support is. No, I don’t mean support groups or supportive people.
I MEAN YOU FINDING THINGS TO SUPPORT YOUR.. WELL STUFF!
This one is mostly for the women, but first I want to touch on shoes. Which is completely unisex!
So you are going to do this fitness thing, step one: Buy good shoes. I am as much of an online shopper as the next and I love finding good deals. First go somewhere and be fitted for a shoe that is for the type of activity you are going to be doing. Trust me the teenager at shoe carnival does not know anything about those Asics that the box won’t tell you. If you go somewhere to fit fitted and sized they will mostly likely ask you what you are doing. For example: Running shoes are not necessarily great for squatting heavy weight or zumba class! They do have lots of cross training shoes on the market that once fitted they can tell you what kind of shoe will work best for the shape of your foot and how you apply pressure to it! Next, You can not drop $250.00 on some Ugg’s and be upset at the cost of good athletic shoes. If you are wearing Manolo’s on Friday night but wanting to run on the treadmill in the Wal-Mart clearance special I might come bop you on the head. After being fitted head to Amazon if you feel the need to justify your purchase.
Next on the must have list is a Sports Bra. I don’t care if they are size A or Size EE. You better learn to support those bad boys. Gravity is not nice, hold them up! It’s in the same realm as the shoes. Sometimes the good ones cost more. Depending on what activity it is you are doing will determine your support level. When in doubt go for max support. I love most all things Nike but they just haven’t got it figured out in that department yet. Target has some good finds and so does Under Armour. My favorite goes to VS. I mean these people have been making bras for years and finally got a sports bra that will lock it down. I tend to size down in a sports bra, especially if it is a cloth pullover with no hook or latch. Noticed I captioned that Yoga or Sleeping, honey you are doing no one favors sleeping without one. Remember gravity isn’t nice.
Last and certainly not least, maybe even the most important thing I have to tell you about in support is the pants! My all time fav is the high-waisted compression pant. This like everything else in this post is also a you get what you pay for adventure. I want to give you a simple rule. Before you do the house, find a mirror or a friend and BEND OVER! YES….BEND OVER because there is very very few gym fails that are as epic as seeing your bare bottom or worse your bare lady friend while exercising. So double-check the thickness on those yoga pants before you roll straight into your downward dog. Your fellow exercise peers will thank you for that later. Next, gray. Where to start, if you intend of really sweating (which isn’t always the case) just don’t buy gray pants or white pants. You will look like you had a 2 yr old accident because you couldn’t make it to the potty. Last, if you are a man reading this and you want to wear leggings to the gym.
JUST DON’T DO IT… LIKE AT ALL.. NO… OKAY MAYBE WEAR SHORTS OVER THEM… EH, LET’S STILL GO WITH NO. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE ALL THAT, LIKE EVER. NO MATTER HOW YOUR BODY LOOKS.
So all jokes aside, there is something out there for every body type in almost every budget. Places like Ross, Marshall’s & Tj Max tend to get a lot of fitness related clothes. At season’s end most the regular stores mark down all that seasons styles to make room for them. Being a smart shopper can also be a good thing to reward yourself with. Don’t hit a goal and reward yourself with food. You’re not a dog, you don’t get a milk bone!