Monday, January 2, 2012

Fashion & Fitness

"Life is too short not to look cute."

This is a quote from my sweet and stylish mother. And, I think there is a lot of truth to this statement when it comes to fitness. Stylish outfit = more confidence = better workout.

Are you guilty of wearing an old, oversized t-shirt and ill-fitted leggings for your workout? Moms, please oh please retire the old sorority shirts. If you are 30 years old, that shirt is AT LEAST 8 years old! Cut them up and make a t-shirt quilt!

Do you keep saying, "I will buy new workout clothes when I lose a little more weight."? Seize THIS day my friends! Dress your body for what it is today. And, yes there are great workout clothes out there for every size and budget!

From Lululemon (MY FAVORITE!) to Target, you can find the right clothes for your body type. Before you purchase, try it on and see how the outfit feels when you move around. Really, do some jumping jacks, run in place, do a one is watching....and if they are, they will think you are a very serious workout woman!
* Does the shirt show your muffin top when you lift your arms?
* Does the shirt show too much cleavage when you bend down?
* Do the pants ride up when you walk around?
* Are the shorts too short? Can you see your panties when you do a leg lift?

And, ladies, INVEST in a great sports bra! It is a MUST!! My favorite brand is Moving Comfort. Get measured by a professional to determine the right size for you. In Birmingham, The Fitting Touch and the Lingerie Shoppe offer these services. You will be amazed at what a good sports bra will do for the girls!

The point is, let's present ourselves as and strive to be the Proverbs 31 woman who is clothed in fine linens, strength and dignity. When we take care of ourselves - mind, body and soul, we will be equipped to take care of our families, friends and communities.


  1. Ruth you crack me up! Loved the comment on the old sorority shirts. Do my old junior league shirts count too? ;) Do you have a recommendation on inexpensive maternity workout clothes? I think we are joining the Y and I want to start with water aerobics since I'm so out of shape. :)

  2. You know it has been a while since I bought maternity workout clothes, but I got mine at Old Navy. They carry maternity in the store in Alabaster. That was one of my gripes being cute workout clothes. My friend LIndsay had the cutest, most flattering workout top recently, I will ask her where she got it. Remember, if you keep wearing your usual clothes, they will end up being stretched out! I will get back to you!!!