Choosing and Caring for Your Workout Clothing

I have been working out fairly regularly for several years now. In that time I have gone through several brands and styles of fitness gear, especially sports bra. By far my favorite are by Adidas. They have kept their form, clean easily and the fit and support is amazing.  I prefer the ones that close or zip in the front.
Why is Adidas so great? Adidas is all about function. And in order for you to
have incredible workouts and feel amazing, you need to have the right apparel,
so they created a line of the best bras imaginable for all of you.

New Adidas Bras for
Everyone
Adidas has released a full line up of super impressive sports
bras for ladies to rock during their workouts. (Or if you just want to wear
something super comfortable!) And get this, they took custom fit to a whole new
level for the sports bra, so sizing doesn’t just run small – large…you can
choose a cup size for the adidas
Women’s Energy Bra – A, B, & C cup
. Prices start at just $25 on the Techfit bras.

Regardless of the brand you go with how you care for your work-out clothing is important. While most brands are made primarily of lycra/spandex higher end brands such as Lululemon  or Zobha cost more because they are made using higher quality material (for instance lululemon’s signature fabric is luon). So when your are spending multiple $20’s for running capris be sure to read the label and surf the brands website for specific care instructions before you through them in the washer.

 No matter what your fitness fashion budget may be a good rule of thumb for extending your work-out gear is to wash them in cold water. I know it is tempting to throw sweaty gear into hot water but don’t!Make sure you use a detergent that works well in cold water and if needed use cleaners made for work-out gear that target perspiration. If you prefer a more natural approach try using vinegar and water.  For best results mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with half-a-cup of water to clean out stubborn perspiration stains. Let the fabric soak for 20-30 minutes and then launder on cool. 

The best way to ensure that odors are easier to remove is to wash your gear as soon as you can. Even if all you do is drop it onto a small bucket  filled with water, detergent, a little vinegar and little baking soda. Let them soak overnight, hang them to dry and then wash them the next day.

Last but certainly not least is the dryer. Heat really has no place in the care of your work-out gear. If you don’t have an outdoor clothes line hang them in laundry room, bathroom, anywhere except next to, in or on heat! 

If you need more inspiration for work-out gear check out my Pinterest page: ‘Cause you need to look good when you work out too

Yoga: Transforming Your Body and Mind

I enjoy mixing my work-outs up, yoga, strength training, Pilates, or just a long walk. I think mixing it up keeps me from getting board, a problem I had when I was going to a gym. Like most, I find yoga to be relaxing. It tends to calm me and wash away all the anxiety and brings my body into balance physically and emotionally but yoga can do so much more. Depending on the session yoga can pump you up, build muscle and burn calories as much as a cardio work-out. Add some weights and you are going to see the same results you would with some of the more extreme programs on the market. I think the different options is why I like Yoga download so much. I can log in and pick what I am in the mood for. 

Yoga download was dreamed up by a team of devoted yoga students and teachers, their site – which has been lauded by the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Weight Watchers, and Body + Soul – enables you to stream or download a constantly updated selection of more than 500 professionally recorded online video and audio yoga classes onto your computer or mobile device. The classes are lead by world-class instructors, who guide you through disciplines ranging from the more vigorous Vinyasa to the more gentle Hatha yoga, and in a wide range of levels, from beginner to advanced, as well as lengths, ranging from 5-120 minutes. YogaDownload empowers you to practice yoga your way, on your time, wherever you see fit. They will become your own personal online yoga studio, open 24 hours a day!

Yoga With Weights is a complete, total body workout. The Yoga with Weights classes tone, sculpt and lengthen every major muscle group in your body. Add small, 3 or 5 pound dumbbells to specific postures and move deeper into each pose – becoming your own, personal adjuster! These intense, but easy-to-follow classes will push your strength and flexibility to the next level and make your yoga practice a more complete workout for body, mind and soul.

What type of workouts do you enjoy? Have you tried yoga before? 

30-day bodyweight challenge

 

It is that time again, time for another awesome 30 Day Challenge with Betty Rocker. It’s a 30-day bodyweight challenge that increases strength and effectively metabolizes fat over a 4-week period.
Challengers receive 4 weeks of instructional videos, downloadable PDF’s with demonstrations and pictures, as well as a support forum on facebook for questions and sharing.There will be live support provided throughout the challenge along with bonus content – recipes, health tips and special prizes.

 

Bodyweight exercises are a fantastic way to get a stronger, leaner and more sculpted physique – and best of all, they don’t require any equipment or a gym!
                         Register for the 30 Day Challenge 
 
Wherever you are on your fitness journey, the 30-day Challenge will motivate you to get to the next level. With an incredible community, an easy format to follow and fun, challenging workouts, she will help you reach your health and fitness goals!