Look Cute at the Gym

Cute WO Clothes

Cute WO Clothes

by

astridstars

featuring a

forever 21 activewear

As I previously mentioned, most posts this week will be fitness/health related in honor of 

National Women's Health Week

. So today I wanted to share what I like wearing to the gym instead of the usual Trendy Tuesday. These are items that I feel are cute yet perfect for the gym. Let's begin :)

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She Piner

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So first things first. The item I think is the most important when a girl is putting her workout outfit together is the Sport Bra. I don't know about you ladies, but I have to have my sports bra. I've actually seen girls at the gym with a regular bra on and it makes me cringe. The reason is that while my boobs may not be super huge, they still need that extra support sport bras offer.

Now each girl may have their own preference in terms of this item, depending on the activity they are doing and the size of their breasts. Personally I like the ones that have a little padding or some sort of shape to them as opposed the regular compression bras. I also like when they come in bright colors or prints or when they have a special feature like a zipper in the front or something like that.

Some good ones are the ones from the Victoria Secret's Sports line, but they can be a bit pricey. So when I'm unable to afford those, I can usually find some good ones at Marshall's, Ross, or TJ Maxx.

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Abundant Heart Apparel

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As for tops I often prefer tank tops, even when it's a bit cold. I'm usually the kind of person who gets cold easily, but the exception to that is when I'm working out. Some tanks even come with a built in sports bra, which I feel this combo gives more support than the compression bra. Lately I've been wanting the ones with motivation/funny sayings. Some of my favorite tanks to workout in are the ones from Gap Body and Target, but Marshall's and Forever 21 also have some good ones.

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Nelly.com

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When it comes to bottoms, I usually like leggings, especially the ones from Hollister or the compression pants that C9 by Champion carries. However, when it gets hotter, I tend to opt for capris or shorts. As for shorts, I prefer the bike type shorts(tight shorts) like the ones Forever21 offers. But for hikes, I prefer looser track shorts, some of which come with built in underwear so you don't flash someone (LOL). As you can see though, I prefer the more body hugging clothes as opposed to the looser fitting ones. I think it has to do with wanting to see my body "change' while I workout. I also like prints on them. And again, good places to find these bottoms are TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshall's.

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Nordstrom

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Shoes are another area I highly recommend splurging on. This is especially true if you run, but even if you just go to the gym to tone, good shoes are essential. They help support you while you run or stabilize you while you tone. I personally am bias to Nikes. I like the range of colors they offer, and they haven't failed me yet. I especially love their LunarGlide line due to how cushiony their soles are as well as the Flex Run line because they are light, yet offer the right amount of cushion.

*Also pay attention to the fabrics and if clothes offer wicking or dry-fit type technology. You want to make sure the clothes "breathes" and helps to keep you cool. Perforated detail helps too :) *

What do you like to wear to the gym? Share in the comments below.

Love,

Astrid.

National Women's Health Week

In case you didn't know(which I didn't until I read my

Her Campus

 email), this week is

National Women's Health Week.

 Therefore, I've pledged to take the steps to live a longer, healthier, and happier life. It's actually a perfect coincidence as I'm now putting my full focus into the

Tone It Up

 Bikini Series now that finals are over and done with, and I'm ready to bring it!

Personally, I think that all women should have access to health benefits and that as a community, we should look out for each other. Too often I see women put their own health on the back burner either because they're focusing all of their efforts on the health of their families and/or do not have the resources to take care of themselves.However, I'm glad that this event(campaign?) encourages women to take a second look at their healths and also gives some simple suggestions to do so, aside from regular check ups and getting proper health exams. Here are the guidelines they've set:

1. Getting Regular Checkups and Screenings.

 Checkups are so important to make sure everything is running smoothly and help doctors catch an abnormalities that may be present. As for screenings, these are super important as no one is safe from health scares such as breast cancer. I know it may seem to be out of one's budget to go to regular checkups/screenings, but it's more expensive to end up very ill and in the hospital. I'm so thankful that my mom and me were finally able to get all the insurance issues smoothed over so we can have a doctor again. I'm actually pretty paranoid about getting this issue. I blame the hypochondriac in me.

2.Get Active

For me, being active is really important. By nature, I'm a pretty sedentary person. I'm not super athletic and I'm usually a very mellow calm person, but I make it my goal to stay active. This can mean different things for different women, but whichever way you choose to be active, do it. Hike, bike, run, walk, yoga, whatever it is, do it. It's not just great for getting the blood flowing, but personally it helps me clear my mind and reduce my anxiety. And I feel good afterwards. As for time and money, it doesn't have to be long and it doesn't have to be expensive. Most of the workouts I do are on YouTube and workouts can be as short as 10 minutes if thats the time you have. 

3. Eat Healthy

This goes along with being active. It doesn't have to be expensive. Eating healthy for me is all about moderation and making the better choice. Sure I indulge in sweets and fast food from time to time, but most of the time I try to stick to food that actually has nutrients. This doesn't mean that I eat purely organic food or food that costs a lot, but rather that I choose foods that are good for my body.

4. Pay Attention to Mental Health

If you feel you need to see a therapist, don't feel reluctant to do so. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and there shouldn't be a stigma about getting help for it. I know myself that I really need to start looking into getting a therapist because I have things I want to work through and that if worked through would help me achieve a happier life. This also includes getting enough sleep, which I obviously need to work on and managing stress in a healthy way.

5. Engage in Safe Behaviors

This includes not smoking, drinking responsibly and not texting while driving. It is doing things that are protecting your health and not compromising your life. It can even be as simple as wearing a seatbelt while in a vehicle or a helmet if riding a bike. The point is to not put your life at risk. 

By following these guidelines, we as women can work to strive for our best health.

Do you follow some or all of these guidelines already? Are you willing to pledge for

National Women's Health Week

? What are ways in which you are staying healthy? Let me know in the comments below and expect other health related posts during the week. I'm so glad to be able to focus more attention on the blog and my health now that finals are over :) So please stay tune. 

Love,

Astrid 

*P.S. This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to spread the word and share about the event.