I often get asked about what I do to stay in shape, and that question always takes me back for a second because I’m not a naturally athletic person or someone who has exercised her whole life. It might sound odd, but I sometimes forget that I’m actually in pretty good shape!
After I turned 35, my health started going downhill and my weight started creeping up on the scale, and I decided it was time to take some drastic measures.
I started running, and soon after that I hired a personal trainer to help me with strength training workouts, and I’ve been committed to both ever since. That was almost 10 years ago!
They say cardio helps extend your life and weight bearing activities help improve your quality of life, and I believe it’s important to do some of each.
Currently I’m lifting weights 2x a week and running 6-8 miles a week. I used to run a lot more than that, but lately it’s been all I can do to get out there for 2-3 miles 2 or 3 times a week. I’m really hoping to add on miles once the weather warms up, because that’s not enough to keep up the level of fitness I desire, and I can already tell a difference in how quickly I get winded doing ordinary activities like walking up several flights of steps.
It’s hard to stay motivated at times, especially when the weather is cold, but I’m excited about springtime approaching so it will be more comfortable to run outside.
One thing that always helps get me back on track when I’m tempted to slack off is to update my workout gear.
Zella is one of my go-to brands for workout clothing because they have a great combination of style, quality, and value, as well as the benefit of shopping at Nordstrom with their stellar service and flexible return policy.
This is the type of outfit I normally wear for my strength training workouts, and I’ll run in this (minus the hoodie) when the weather warms up.
I lift heavy, and when I run, I work up quite a sweat, so I need activewear that performs.
This mesh workout tee has a flattering cut and modest coverage, and the breathable mesh fabric keeps you cool and comfortable whether you’re running, lifting weights, taking a spinning class, or walking the dog in the neighborhood.
It also comes in black and grey, but I usually go for bright orange or pink because I run on the roads and I want to be sure I can be seen.
This hoodie is super lightweight and soft and so, so comfortable. It will be the perfect light layer to throw on before or after a workout when the weather starts to warm up, and it will also be nice over a tank top and jeans for casual weekend activities or sporting events this spring.
It also comes in black, green, and purple, but I thought this oatmeal/grey color worked nicely with my top and pants.
And how fun are these pants? These are the high waist cropped leggings, and I love the white and orange piping. With a 10″ front rise, they hold everything in place, and they don’t slide down when I run.
For size reference, I have a medium in all three Zella pieces.
Last but not least, I always take a water bottle with me to the gym, and my favorites are these S’well stainless steel water bottles. They keep your water cold for up to 12 hours, no ice required! They make great gifts, too.
When it comes to exercise, there’s no magic bullet. It’s definitely a commitment, and at the end of the day, you have to force yourself to get out there and put the time in, but it’s a lot more fun in cute workout gear!
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!
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