GYM & TONEIC

Sisters need support!

Bra gate

This is probably one of my biggest bugbears when it comes to exercise – bra-gate! I cannot understand why/how so many women don’t wear a decent sports bra when working out.

Don’t get me wrong, I am one of the biggest supporters of women in sport, encouraging more women to get involved is what I do! I’m all for #girlpower, curves, real women doing their thing.

As a big girl myself (34E), I know that struggle – I double up! Regardless of size, sport and exercise you do, a decent sports bra (that fits properly) is a must.

Yes breathing may be restricted, and you feel like your soul is being squeezed; but your boobs and back will thank you for it. When I’m in the gym, all too often I find myself staring at unruly bouncing boobs, grimacing with sympathy pain.

Benefits of the sports bra…

  • Minimise movement; unruly bounce is uncomfortable, distracting and hurts like hell.
  • Maintain shape; there are no muscles in the breast, only ligaments. Excessive movement puts strain on the ligaments causing them to stretch – no amount of ‘firming cream’ is going to rectify that.
  • Manage temperature; most decent sports bras are made of moisture wicking, breathable material, to regulate temperature and draw sweat away. You’re going to get boob sweat, that’s unavoidable.

I’ve tried a number of sports bras over the years, the best I’ve found to date are by Shock Absorber. Great bras, but you do need to be hypermobile (double-jointed) to get them on. I’ll often double up, and wear a crop-top style sports bra on top. Decent sports bras aren’t exactly cheap, you’ll pay around £20-£40 for one – but it’s money well spent!

Don’t be Katie…!

Bra

Always open to recommendations on decent bras, so ladies send them my way…

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Fail to prepare – prepare to fail!

Fail to prepare

It’s that simple… the Scouts know!

We’re almost in February, and it’s only this last week that I’ve started to feel like I’m back in the game. The first week and a bit… was spent trying to remember what it is I do for a living, and getting out of bed without hitting the snooze button 10 times each morning – the struggle was real!

Just as work was a slog, so was the gym! I was there in body, but definitely not in mind. Having two weeks off set me back to square one – I felt sluggish, weak and wobbly!

To top that, I wasn’t organised – I failed to prepare on numerous occasions, leaving myself more than annoyed.

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My week of gym fails…

  • I forgot my headphones; smallest item to forget, biggest annoyance!
  • I forgot my drinks bottle; I own hundreds!
  • I forgot my sports bra; the most essential bit of kit – I didn’t go on the treadmill that day!
  • I packed the most random, mismatched gym outfits; that’s what you get when you pack your bag half asleep.

Moral of the story…

Pack your gym bag the night before – check it twice!

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