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Gear for Real Girl Workouts
Some days it's hard enough to accomplish everything on your ever-growing to-do list, and the thought of going to the gym or getting out for a run is a whole new challenge. Whether you're looking for ways to feel more comfortable in your body or need ways to motivate yourself to get moving, Womensforum highlights workout gear that breaks down excuses and builds up confidence!
Don't let anything get in your way.
Banish the Belly
If the thought of squeezing into workout pants and letting the world see your muffin top scares you from even stepping foot in a gym, this slide is for you. You are looking for high-waisted or tummy-control pants that help you feel comfortable and slim. There are the workout tummy-control Bermuda shorts that hold your love handles in place without showing your thighs. You have heard of the "skort," a shirt-short combination. Well, now there is a skirt-capri pants combo which offers the control of leggings and the modesty of a skirt.
Reign in the Girls
If you have big breasts, they are a big obstacle to working out! So being able to move without your breasts bouncing around causing pain is a key to sticking with a workout routine. Look for bras labeled "high impact" that come in your everyday bras size (as opposed to small, medium or large) to help keep your "girls" from moving more than you want. The bra band should be comfortable on the loosest setting, and there shouldn't be any skin spilling over the top when you bend over. Getting sized by a bra-fitting specialist is important for any bra you own because manufacturers don't stick to a universal sizing guide. Your sports bra is no different! Having the right fit is not only important during a workout, but it'll save your back and shoulders in the long run.
Track Your Movements
Wearable technology is all the rage these days, and for good reason—it's not only stylish but it also keeps you accountable. There's everything from your basic clip-on step counters to fancy fitness watches that track everything you could ever want to know about how your body is functioning. Real data gives you a better picture of how much activity you are (or aren't) doing, so you can set goals and see real results. An extra bonus with these gadgets is that every single step counts as a workout, even if you are just going to the bathroom!
There's an App for That
Even if you're all set on workout gear, you may be unsure of where to even begin working out. Buzz words like HIIT, CrossFit, Barre and SoulCycle may be dancing around your head, but who has time (or money) for all of that? That's where your phone or tablet comes in. Search your app store for "7 minute workouts" to find several great apps that give you a variety of quick, but beneficial, workouts that can fit into anyone's schedule.
Find a Digital Workout Buddy
One proven way to help your workout is having someone hold you accountable. Apps like Strava and MyFitnessPal let you post updates to your social media accounts or share your goals with friends in the app. Not only can you track your progress, your friends and family can too. It will make it easier for them to offer encouragement and support, and maybe even be inspired themselves!
Bet on Yourself
Are words of workout encouragement not exciting enough to inspire you? Then maybe winning or losing money will give you an extra push. Pact is an app that lets you wager money on whether you'll go to the gym or complete a workout. The app verifies you've hit your goals by making sure you check into your workout location. If you reach your goals, you earn money. If you don't, you pay up. For motivation that also satisfies your passion for philanthropy, there are apps like Charity Walk that let you donate money to your favorite charity every time you break a sweat.
Make the Ride More Comfortable
Bike riding or cycling classes can be fun and intense workouts, but those seats can be...well, super uncomfortable. Give your bottom a break and invest in some padded bike shorts. Most of them are tight fitting, so you can wear them under loose pants for a more comfortable look.
Pack a Lot Into Your Gear
As women, it seems like we always need to be accessible—to our kids, our partners, our bosses—so leaving our phones behind when we work out is ridiculous. Now the question becomes, "Where do I put my phone?" Luckily there are retailers, like ActivewearUSA, that sell pants of all styles with cell-size pockets.
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