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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Every time I'm down the gym (where I should be right now), there's a skinny 20-year-old blonde on the next machine to me. It's never the same one twice, you understand - the gym has an unlimited supply of them.

She'll be wearing one of these sleeveless vests that looks like a harness, spandex leggings, girly trainers and a thin film of sweat, just enough to proves she's really working at it.

And me? Fat, fifty-something and brunette-out-of-a-bottle, that's me. I wear a short-sleeved tshirt that hides the wrinkles in my 'pits, baggy jogging pants that are between 2 and 10 years old, depending on which pair I put on and which I fondly imagine hide my baggy 50-something body. And me Clarks trainers. My sweat tends to accumulate round the back of my neck. I'm also fuchsia in the face.

Thing is, I could go out and buy spanking new spandex. I thought about it, till I saw the price. To me though, the gym isn't about a visible lifestyle choice. It's about getting fitter and healthier. It doesn't really matter much to me what I wear so long as I can move comfortably in it and don't get arrested for exposing something nobody wants to see. The only bit of gym gear I've bought since joining SP is my sports bra because I got concerned that the girls were being a bit too assertive and I really didn't want them tied in a double bow round my neck. I already had the trainers, four pairs of jogging pants (I never wear anything else at weekends although I haven't jogged since I was 17) and umpteen tshirts in varying states of decrepitude (olive oil stains, holes and the crowning glory, one of the cats had peed on the one I intended to wear today).

Walking, I'm just as bad. I wear the same jogging pants for walking in as I do down the gym, but they have to be clean to go to the gym in. The same tshirts and sports socks. I would dearly love a breathable waterproof but not at £100 a time. I did buy hiking boots because my old trainers were letting in water. But I bought Clarks, not something expensive.

And equipment? One hula hoop which I swear I will get the hang of one day. One resistance band that smells so horrible I won't go near it (nor will the cats).

In fact my only real expense is the gym membership itself.

So there I am, living proof that you can be cheap and get your exercise in.

PS: two of my pairs of jogging pants have hideous orange bleach stains and one of the other pairs has knackered elastic. NO COMPETITION. NONE.
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  • MARIANNE9855
    those 20 or 30 or so blondes are just the reason I don't want to go to the gym-
    Props to you that you do go and go on your own terms for your health. Maybe someday I will be brave enough to go to the gym. Right now I am staying on my exercise bike where I can wear my pjs if I want! emoticon
    1839 days ago
    I love this blog!!! I have always been intimidate/annoyed by the female exerciser you described-even when I was inmy early 20's and in better shape. Full make up to match the outfit to exercise? REALLY?! emoticon
    1839 days ago
    Great blog - don't worry about anyone but yourself - you will be suceesful.
    1839 days ago
    Our attire needs to be as comfortable as an old friend and mine is.
    1839 days ago
    I love your advice! I know what you mean...I have signed DH and I up for our first public 5K, and I have wondered if we should invest in "real" clothes from a sporting goods store so we can look the part. Thanks for the reminder that you can walk, run, exercise in your own comfortable clothes. So far, that is all that we do for walking! As for water aerobics, I did have to order a chlorine resistant suit online after three of my regular suits literally came apart at the seams!

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    1839 days ago
  • DJSHIP46
    Thanks for sharing....:)
    1839 days ago
  • DALID414
    Here in the states we have discount stores that carry the workout clothes for a fraction of the price. I refuse to pay full price for stuff I'm going to sweat in, but they really are functional. Wear what works for you! emoticon
    1839 days ago
  • DARJR50
    You are there to get something done, the 20 something with the model body is there to be noticed, We have both types at the gym in my little town as well. I'm male so I will of course notice the bling thing, but I will respect the person who is making an honest effort. Me have bling thing males as well who are trying to impress. Then we have a couple of 60-70 somethings who do more in one workout than the blinger do in a year.
    THOSE are the ones I admire. The ones trying.
    Perhaps it is time for a new resistance band. Glue the old one to a backing board and turn it into wall art. emoticon
    1839 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    emoticon You dress like I do. They offered gym wear at the gym I went to. They encourage it's purchase, " so everyone looks the same, like a uniform". LOL there is no way I can look the same, 50+, red in the face, sweating, as a 20 year old blonde who may be .5 lbs over her "ideal" weight. I wore whatever I wanted and worked out as hard, usually harder than little blondie! emoticon emoticon
    1839 days ago
    Thats great that you are doing something for yourself, but dont forget you are doing this for you and if you really need something dont deprive yourself.Just slowly save for it. Good luck and let the blondes motivate you not discourage you . Keep Pushing
    1839 days ago
  • LIS193
    Great blog! I love comfy clothes for exercising, stuff that wears and washes well!
    I hear you on the resistance bands... p-u..
    1839 days ago

    I humbly suggest you purchase hot pink sequined shorts ASAP! The fact that you are in the gym means you are well on your way to getting healthier, right?! Forget hot blonde-- brunettes rock too!

    Clarks are perfectly acceptable attire. Its not what you wear, it's what you do that will set you apart.

    Let's get it emoticon
    1839 days ago
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