Twelve percent of all gym memberships are started in January, and after 24 weeks, most of those new members have quit or just stop coming to the gym. Many of those who start diets on January 1 are doomed to fail; research has shown that 95 percent of the time when people “diet” they gain back the weight, plus 5 more pounds.
Face it, diets SUCK, because the entire focus of our world becomes food — what we can’t have, what we can have, what we’re “allowed” to eat, and then … we begin to dream of all the things we would rather eat. There are all kinds of addictions and issues that people have, but we rarely hear or talk about sugar, which trigger the same areas of our brains as heroin.
My name is Franki, and I am a sugarholic. I crave sweet things, they make me happy but they don’t make me healthy. Everyone has their own path to finding their peace with food. I’ve traded in refined sugar for raw fruit and Stevia, as well as taking a look at what made me go on those sugar binges. When I want chocolate, I have dark chocolate, which has high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, as well as a good dose of antioxidants and flavanols that may improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure, and may also improve brain function. Please note that I don’t do that every day, however.
The best solution I’ve found for a new me didn’t come from a gym or from some new-fangled diet. It came from taking a pretty major look inside, and realizing that diets don’t work, but setting a goal to be healthier does — especially when I did it for me, not for anyone else. Well, OK, there are some other people I work on being healthier for: two little people, to be exact.
I come from a family with a lot of heart issues, and where people die young. By working out, eating healthy and getting regular checkups, I increase the length of time I get to spend with my kids. By setting a good example, eating my veggies, treating fast food as a treat instead of a daily thing, and going for walks, runs, hikes and bike rides instead of sitting on the couch, I am helping my kids establish habits that will last them through what will hopefully be long, happy lives, where they can and will be comfortable in their own skin.
One of the first things you need to establish these new and better habits is the right gear. There are a few basics that if you don’t have, you’re destined to failure because you won’t be comfortable in your new routine, whether it be at the gym, walking or running around your neighborhood, or taking a hike with your family.
BASICS A great workout starts with the same thing a great outfit does — the right foundation pieces, specifically, sports bras that do more that squish the girls and kinda-sorta-but-not-really keep things from moving around in painful ways. A busty girl needs more support (as well as to avoid black eyes), and these bras from Shock Absorber give you the ability to do inversions in a yoga class, and NOT have anything move. Nothing kills continuing a workout plan like pain, and these bras will help you eliminate that issue.
PANTS There are a couple of ways to go with workout pants: yoga pants, and compression. Yoga pants have the benefit of a flared leg for those who might not be so comfortable wearing something that is tight all the way down, while a compression pant supports the muscles and helps with recovery. Personally, I say tailor the pant to the activity — running or biking in yoga pants tends to be distracting, and can get caught in the chains. Remember the golden rule: you’re in the gym to look and feel better for you, and it should never matter what you think other people think you look like. Besides, if we all had perfect bodies, none of us would need to be in the gym working out, now would we?
TOPS The right top avoids chafe, and doesn’t have those teeny-tiny underarm seems that make the sleeves roll up and pinch. Nothing kills your run, or your set while lifting, like not being comfortable. This time of year warmth is also a factor, even in the gym. These great tops also have moisture wicking technology to avoid the dreaded half-moons of “boob sweat” without having to resort to wearing black.
LAYERS Whether walking, running or going for a hike, layers on your core will be your best friend. Even in cold weather, you’ll heat up fast while having fun, and being able to peel down a layer is a good thing. If you’re in one of those areas where someone forgot to tell the weather it’s actually winter, a good layering piece is perfect for when it’s too hot for a coat, but too chilly to go out with nothing.
I hope you enjoy these gear suggestions to help you craft a new you in the new year. If you’re rocking out your workout in any of the looks shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style!