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Today I'm going to be discussing something which for years, I have absolutely loathed… Throughout my childhood I tried to avoid it at all costs. Through secondary school I was forced to do it (and I'll admit sometimes it was enjoyable) but 98% of the time it was horrendous. It made my face look terrible. It made me ache. Sometimes, it made me want to pass out...
Yes, I'm talking about the 'E' word. Exercise.
Exercise has recently become a 'thing' which seems to sprout up everywhere I turn, much like an unwanted dandelion in your back garden. I get emails about it, I read articles telling me I need to do more of it to avoid getting Dementia when I'm older, I see it in the Doctor's surgery staring at me in posters (along with the good old 'get your five-a-day' spiel). I can't get away from exercise and recently I realised that there are only so many packets of biscuits, cakes and doughnuts that you can get through before your stomach starts to grow. And then the 'E' word is there again.
I've decided after years of fighting against it that it might be time to just put my hands up and embrace exercise. I don't enjoy it, and quite frankly, I don't think I ever will. However, if doing 30 minutes exercise a day means my ticker will keep working (and my belly will remain un-whale-like) then I guess it's not SO bad. When I got an email from Sports Shoes earlier this month asking if I'd like to try out a pair of running shoes, I saw it as a sign...
Running Trousers - £12.49 from H&M
'Green Bay Packers' Sweater - Cow Vintage (Menswear / Similar ones here)
Nike Ladies Running Shoes* - £84.99 from Sports Shoes
I have to say (on a fashion-related note) these running shoes are pretty damn nice considering they're meant for exercise purposes. I may have to wear them on a more regular basis (after all, it does seem to have become a 'thing' to now wear trainers with every day outfits). Happy days! In terms of comfort, these bad boys are probably the only pair of shoes that I own that actually fit me properly and don't make me want to saw my feet off by the end of the day. Ok maybe I'm exaggerating, but I do like the comfort that they bring to my little tootsies. It's like walking on spongy clouds! And as for the ankle support… OOFT. Great.
E X E R C I S E 1 0 1 : W H A T T O W E A R
Like every other 'getting dressed' moment, I often like to consider what I'm going to be wearing prior to exercising. Okay so maybe I don't overly 'plan' my gym outfits but I do like to have a rough idea of what I'm going to wear - that's the OCD talking. A while ago I bought some awesome gym-trouser-turned-legging things from H&M (they're reduced in the sale to £12.49 at the moment) which have proven quite useful of late. I find that the trews are quite flattering around the derriére (by that I mean they keep it from bouncing around like something out of Flubber), they keep my legs warm and they're also super lightweight so it feels like you're running in tights. For one's upper half, I tend to just buy plain racer back vests from either H&M or Primark and then throw on a sweater if I'm feeling particularly cold. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I don't think you can beat places like H&M and Primarni for affordable gym clothing. The next thing on my list is a decent sports bra so if you have any suggestions, I'm all ears!
T O M A K E U P O R N O T T O M A K E U P ? !
The age old debate of whether you should or shouldn't wear makeup to the gym makes me chuckle a little. To be honest, I don't even know why it's debated so much because quite frankly, who cares if you wear makeup or not? Usually I tend to exercise after work which means I have makeup on, and I don't purposely take it off just to exercise as I don't really see the point in doing so. If I was to get up first thing in the morning and go to the gym, I'd probably put a tiny bit of makeup on but nothing OTT, just the basics so I don't scare the living daylights out of fellow gym-goers. Plus, it feels good to look nice. Simples.
Earlier this year, Katherine Jenkins got - to want for a better word - rinsed by a Daily Mail columnist for turning up to a marathon with makeup on and to be honest, I don't get why? If she turns up to a marathon wearing makeup then that's her choice. She's a public figure so if she turned up to the marathon looking like a bag of faeces then people would talk, the press would have a field day, etc etc. But she turned up with makeup, and so someone had to make a story out of it… Strange really. I don't know, maybe it is controversial to look nice when your exercising? What do you think?
C O N C L U S I O N
Apologies that this blog post has rambled on a bit. In the words of Olivia Newton-John 'Let's Get Physical' because let's face it, exercise is good for us and hey, if it reduces the chances of dementia you can't complain! I mean, I'm pretty sure my memory isn't the best at the age I am now so I need to do everything in my power to try and improve the lovely bit of grey matter between my ears.
From an appearance point of view (which has inevitably been the turn that this blog post has taken) I think it's pretty essential that when partaking in the 'E' word you feel comfortable. If you're comfortable wearing anything and running about (or flapping about in my case) without makeup then that's amazing! Equally, if you want to wear makeup or expensive gym gear then go for it. At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter as long as you feel good about yourself :)
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