Continuing my theme of sharing what I've learned about how technology in the "active wear" department can help us be better SparkLers, today's entry is about what I wear (and wore) on the bottom of my body.
As I said in blogs #1 and 2 of this series, when you don't have a lot of money to spend on workout gear, you just do the best you can.
(Just an an old turtleneck and an old pair of "yoga" pants I bought online 5 years ago!)
While there are certainly some options that are unhealthy (working out in heels, for instance!) you just have to do what you can to get your body moving in the most healthy way available to you.
Months ago, when I could finally get a nice pair of shoes, I blogged about how they made me feel like I was walking faster, and then one day, actually running! Part of it was surely psychological -- just knowing I had the right equipment might have increased my motivation and satisfaction -- but there were actual physical benefits.
For one, when I was wearing the wrong shoes that I got for about $3o from Walmart, I developed an osteophyte on top of my foot. I reached out to the SP coaches, but their response was that they couldn't help because it was medical. Turns out, it's just a bone spur, that was caused by the constant rubbing of the top of my foot against my ill-constructed shoes...bummer. It hurt like the dickens, and it's never going to go away since it's a bone, but the new shoes are built not to rub like that.
Also, I invested in six pair of padded running socks. The padding is on the top, sides, and bottom of the socks, and it protects my feet from bad things.
I bought them at Dick's Sporting Goods and I'm sure I paid about $20 or $25 for them. But they have been LIFESAVERS!!!! Without your feet, it's hard to do a lot of the things you are accustomed to doing! And it's a major temptation to sit down and not do a thing for cardio, too!
I often wrote about a calf injury that I sustained as well. I thought it was a charley horse the first couple times it happened, but it turns out to be a strain on the muscle.
So compression pants, here I come! Got these for Christmas, and no kidding, I have NOT suffered this injury since. I recognized what I was doing and where I was every time I got this strain, and now, it doesn't happen. Any time I even THINK I'm about to get the strain, I put on the compression pants. I guess they squish the muscle in the right way so it doesn't get injured. I don't exactly know, I just know they work! They are from Old Navy and they were $25. I only got one pair, so I wash and hang them up to dry twice per week. That way I can run three times a week.
I also received Yoga workout pants, they were about $15-20 at Old Navy. They hold you in in all the right places, and they look really cute too!
I feel like I should be doing Yoga and that I'm one of those "active" people when I have them on, so I sometimes wear them out of the house -- YES, SHOPPING and doing errands! I love my body, and I couldn't care less about what anyone else thinks! I deserve to work out and look good while doing so! If other people think I'm too big or lumpy to wear these clothes, then they should look away! If they're not careful, I might even be happy to show them another side of my body as I go!
Plus sized women deserve to work out, look good, and get healthy! Whatever!!!!
My last blog in the series will cover technology and what I use to maintain my workout minutes, path, music, and logging on the computer!