It’s that time of year – holidays behind us, the start of a new year, now looking forward to spring and summer. It’s when LOTS of people are focusing on healthy eating and fitness (the packed parking lot at the gym is proof). I’m doing it too.
What I want to talk about today isn’t what you are doing but what you are wearing while you’re doing it!
I have always been a firm believer in the effect of dressing well for exercise. What does that mean? To me it means, of course, that I’m dressed appropriately for the activity. But it also means that I feel good in the clothes I’m wearing. Feeling attractive when we are ready to exercise really helps to motivate. Does that make sense?
Are you treating yourself with the respect you deserve? You are devoting a lot of resources to your workout – your time and possibly your money. Don’t you deserve to feel great while you are engaged in your chosen activity?
When beginning an exercise program or workout regime, before you see results in the mirror or on the scale, you feel the results. You feel stronger, you feel more energetic, you feel better about yourself. I’m convinced that dressing in a way that makes you feel good when you work out is part of the secret to being successful in your exercise program. Feeling better and looking good keep you going when the going gets tough!
Active and athletic wear is available from a variety of retailers and in a wide range of prices. It’s easy to find good quality pieces at discount stores like T J Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls; at lower price retailers like Target and Kohl’s; and, of course, at premium sellers like Athleta, Lululemon, and Lucy. There is a good selection in a wide range of sizes from petites to plus sizes.
Nordstrom has a private label line of active wear called Zella (offering xs through plus sizes.) Pricing is less than Athleta and Lululemon and the quality is premium (I’ve seen a lot of reviews that compare Zella quality to Lululemon).
A lower priced version of Zella, Z by Zella, is carried at Nordstrom Rack. I made a quick run over to Nordstrom Rack to try on some off of the leggings to find out how I liked them as I’ve heard really good things about the Zella line and wanted to compare. I tried on eight pairs of Z by Zella leggings, both crop and full length. They were good quality and somewhat flattering (read this: they held me in pretty well!). There was definitely a variety of designs, and the styles I tried were high-waisted enough to keep me covered during exercise. I didn’t love the fabrics, however, in most of the styles I tried. I like a soft finish on the fabric and most of the Z by Zella were a bit shiny.
I shop carefully for my exercise wear. I always love to find athletic wear on sale, but I am willing to buy my favorites at full price. The workout leggings I’ve been wearing over the past couple of years are Athleta and Lululemon. These two brands can be a little pricey, but I’ve been able to score a pair or two on sale in the past. What I have purchased from these lines fit me well and help me feel good during my spin classes, gym workouts, and walks. The cost is worth it to me.
I’ve also purchased Champion brand workout wear from Target, including tops and sports bras. I’ve been really happy with these purchases and the price point is very wallet-friendly!
The bottom line: There is a wide range of prices and most lines have a range of sizes so that most people should be able to find something that works. You deserve to wear something that makes you feel great while you are doing something good for your body and for your mental health (exercise is known to be a stress reliever – but that’s another post). I promise it will give you a boost and a little motivation during the hard stuff – and it should be hard! The mantra “no pain, no gain” is true!
So the good news is that there are A LOT of sales going on with the various active wear lines. Now is the time to up your game and respect yourself by adding some great workout clothes to support and motivate you in whatever way you like to move.
The active wear sales are linked below. Some of the links take you directly to the leggings and pants page, but the sales extend to tops, jackets, shorts, and sports bras. So enjoy browsing around. (In most cases, sale items ordered online are returnable, but I’ve seen some items marked final sale, so make sure you review the return policy before purchasing online – or anyplace for that matter.) Also, check out the Nordstrom boot sale below – it’s a great time to buy boots on sale at the end of the season!
Active Wear Sales