GYM & TONEIC

What to wear when exercising…

My shocked face - raised eyebrow Rock impression.
My shocked face – raised eyebrow Rock impression.

I felt compelled to write this after a bank holiday hike in Malham over the weekend. Some of the sights I saw (not scenery) were simply shocking, my face said it all… as above! The scenery was stunning!

Now I’m no Gok Wan of the walking world, but some of the choice outfits left me speechless – which is unheard of! I honestly couldn’t believe what some people were wearing to hike up hills, through cow pat covered fields and scrambling up rocks… the ‘looks’ included:

  • Jeans – lots of people wearing jeans (to trek 8 miles!), jeans have no give and they’re not lightweight.
  • Converse or other streetwear footwear – don’t get me wrong Converse are cool, I own a couple of pairs myself, but you’d never catch me trekking 8 miles in them. They rub after wearing them for a few hours, and give no support for your feet/ankles on that kind of terrain.

It gets better…

  • A leather mini skirt and ankle boots – honestly! WTF…
  • Shirt, smart pants and nice shoes – this guy looked like he was going on a night out… he looked great, for a night out!!
  • A lovely summer dress and strappy sandals – serious!

I feel like my mother saying this (that transition is definitely happening), but it’s not a fashion show! Your first thought should be comfort, second thought should be care (for your joints) and finally preparation (for all weather conditions) i.e. light layers.

You don’t need to go all Bear Grylls, equally you don’t need to spend a small fortune. Think about it, you’re exercising, getting a sweat on, you don’t want to dress in your Sunday best.

Hillside chic
Hillside chic

Again, I’m no Gok Wan or active wear guru, and I don’t spend a fortune on sports gear myself (to sweat in for a few hours!). Nor do I own much of your typical outdoor gear, however, my outfit included:

  • Shock Absorber sports bra – the best sports bras I have tried and tested to date, I need decent support up-top. Check out my sports bra blog Sisters Need Support!
  • Strappy sports top and hooded base layer from Asda – most supermarkets stock decent sports gear nowadays, that doesn’t cost much at all.
  • Nike ¾ length leggings – I can’t remember where I bought these, but I’d imagine from a sports discount outlet. Google branded outlets and you’ll find a few around Manchester.
  • Karrimor walking boots – I got these from Sports Direct, I think I paid about £40 for them.

Things to think about when picking your exercise clobber…

  • Comfort and ease of movement – you don’t want to feel restricted, get friction burns and so on.
  • Support for your joints – ankles, knees, hips; wear suitable footwear. I’m a self-confessed shoeaholic, I LOVE shoes. But there’s a time, place and fittingness for every pair… unless they’re Crocs, they should be banned!
  • Layers – whether you’re in the gym or the great outdoors, lightweight layers are key! Easy to add and remove as required.

Check out more pics from my hike over on my Facebook page here.

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