I made a new year’s resolution this year to take up yoga. By “taking up” I mean trying to go at least once a week. I did my fair share of bikram yoga and corporate lunchtime yoga in my twenties because I wanted to look like Gwynneth and Jennifer. But these days, the motivation for this resolution came from the splendid notion of spending one hour by myself stretching and strengthening my body and hopefully getting that smug yoga glow afterwards.
So I’m pleased to report that I have been to a class two weeks in a row!! And my expectations have totally been met. When my alarm went off at 5.40am for the first class, I thought to myself “this better be good!” and it really was. It’s hard work but it’s good hard work. There is even a little bit of time for just lying on your back and contemplating life which is nice. I come home feeling rather loose and rejuvenated and I feel pretty good for the rest of the day. I have been sore the following day but it’s a manageable sore. Not like the day after running the City to Surf in 2004. That was not manageable.
I knew this resolution would be a hard one to make happen. I’ve had to choose a 6am class on a Friday morning in order to fit in with the husband’s work commitments. I chose a yoga school which is a six minute drive from home so I can maximise the time actually doing yoga. The 5.40am alarm is not ideal. Yes I get up at 6/6.30am most days when the little lords wake up but 30 minutes earlier doesn’t feel great. I knew I wasn’t one to bounce out of bed and skip to the car so I chose to do something that would help me in my quest to continue the weekly yoga class over the coming months as it starts getting darker and colder. I’ve invested in two new pairs of seriously bright leggings. The fit and pattern really do make me happy. They really do help get me out of bed and into the exercise zone.
I’m wearing the Rainbow stripe higher waisted printed legging crop on sale for $55 by Dharma Bums. Top is from Lululemon from 12 months ago. These pants are a mix of polyester and spandex and they feel really nice and smooth on. I went with their new higher waist style as it fits snugly with a thick waistband that doesn’t dig in and create that muffin issue. I was unsure about horizontal stripes but these don’t seem to widen my thighs too much. The vibrancy of the colours keeps you distracted from any wobbly bits
This second pair is the Disco glitter higher waisted printed yoga legging in full length $85 by Dharma Bums (how good is the name!). My T-shirt is from Glassons and the runners are from Spendless Shoes. Again, I chose the higher waist for comfort and coverage and I can’t wait to wear these as the weather cools down a bit.
If you’re looking for more ideas and recommendations on exercise gear, you should check out these fabulous blogs:
Sonia Styling: Stylish and Functional Activewear
Styling You: 7 tips for getting your healthy living routine back on track (including tips on new exercise gear)
Redcliffe Style: Black and white exercise style
I also have some exercise style picks included in my post about why new mums should not feel exercise guilt.
Do you have any exercise related new years resolutions? How are you going with making them happen? Would these printed leggings help?