A while back I received a comment from a new reader, Meredith, who had a few questions. I thought they were great questions and information I had not yet covered in Mama Sweat, so I bring her comment here:
Have you ever talked about the clothes you wear all day and how to fit in showers? Do you try to do all the workout stuff at once so you can shower and be done for the day? What do you do if you try these 10-minute workouts in the morning but plan to run in the afternoon? Just deal? I know this sounds ridiculous but it's a real life problem, you know? :)
The best way to maximize your time and improve your odds of working out and/or finishing a workout you started earlier in the day, and/or squeezing in two mini-workouts, is simple: Put on workout clothes in the morning, wear them all day and don't look back.
Disclaimer: I realize Work-in-Office moms don’t have this choice, but consider it for weekends and holidays. If you must shower and put on “real clothes” before you can workout then dress your mind in an I-WILL-workout-today mentality, which is ultimately more important than what you have on. Also, pack that gym bag accordingly. Put something in there you can’t wait to put on later.
When you have one of those mornings when you don’t have an opportunity to workout before the rest of the family rises (or, ahem, slept through it) don’t bother with the shower. Don’t wash your hair, silly (that’s just a waste of water if you haven’t had a chance to sweat first). Reach instead for “all-day workout wear” and be ready to sweat if the opportunity presents itself. Spandex, Dri Fit, and sports bras have a way of tricking your mind into making time. Heck, if you make time to dress for the workout, you might as well do it.
To make all-day workout wear truly functional you can’t just put on any ole smelly shorts and t-shirt. You have things to do girlfriend! People to see! Groceries to buy! Classrooms to volunteer in! Neighbors that drop in unexpectedly! Before and after the workout you want to be fit-inauspicious (especially if there’s no time to shower or refresh after). That is, all-day workout wear is sporty, cute, and presentable. But make no mistake, this is workout wear. If you were to go the whole day in these clothes and not workout, you’d consider the outfit wasted.
Exhibit A: Skirt Sports
I was an early adopter when skirts hit the running scene. Why? Because I watched Nicole DeBoom win Ironman Wisconsin in her prototype skirt that launched running skirt mania. I have several Skirt Sport originals, including the Marathon Girl, which remains one of my favorites for racing. Still, I have to admit I was skeptical when she launched the running dress. Cute, for sure. I’d wear it. But would I run in it? Nicole sent me the Wonder Girl and I wore it the next day, which was jam packed with activity. I began the day not knowing when or if I’d get a workout in. First I took my youngest two kids to a class at a nearby nature center. No need to dress up, but no reason to be slovenly, either. The sporty dress was perfect for walking the trail and playing on the playground and, yes, I got a compliment from another mom (don’t we all love those?)
Next up, I had a “professional” errand to run. I slipped on a black cardigan and--presto!--meeting ready. Back home I had less than one hour to spare before my three daughters arrived home from school. That was my chance to pounce. I whipped my son in the jogger and we were off. I made it back home just as the bus pulled up (who knew I’d do speed work?) and after a quick snack (no time to shower) we were off to swimming lessons. The dress transitioned beautifully from “sprint to the bus-stop mom” to “adoring (adorable?) mom on the sidelines.”
Exhibit B: Uffdaa Wear
Most of the time I’m a no-frills girl. This is not to say I don’t invite a little flair into my wardrobe. So when I had the opportunity to choose an outfit from Uffdaa, I felt the urge to sidestep normal and go for something that commands a little attention. I went straight for these “three tier pants” and now sing “I feel pretty!” whenever I have them on. People notice these pants so you have to be prepared to take the compliments. The pants are indeed, “beautiful," "adorable," "so cute,” and because you’re wearing them, they are a reflection of you. Yes they are. When you’re in need of a mood lift from other people, these pants will do it.
If you are in no mood to workout, put on these pants and I dare you to avoid the gym. Personally, I don’t think these pants were meant for home workouts. These pants were made to get out of the house. When fashion magazines refer to outfits that transition from day to night, these pants might just qualify. These pants can go straight from yoga class to salsa dancing. These pants are not meant to sit solemnly in a corner. They make you want to aspire to be as good as the pants, and you can’t let the pants down.
Exhibit C: Lululemon
How do we love thee Lululemon? If you don’t know what the big deal is about Lululemon, then you’ve never
worn their clothes (that was my thinking too). I got a pair of yoga pants and matching jacket for Christmas. First of all, wearing Lululemon yoga pants is about the closest thing you can do to working out naked (no relation to comment above). There is something sleek and luxurious about the fabric (yes, I know, and the price tag). But this is the fit mom’s version of a three-piece suit. Put jacket on and you’re all business: take care of your mommy chores with precision and efficiency. But the clothes remind you to stay determined for the sweat. And when the moment comes, seize it as fast as Superman in a phone booth. Whip off that jacket and move it mama!
A few other items to have on hand when your workout might be sandwiched in your day: your best sports bra, deodorant, a nice-scented lotion, hair accessories, workout shoes.
These are my all-day workout wear favorites. Do you have any others to share?
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