I like to “hit” the gym about 4 times a week (when I’m lucky, more.) Over the years, I’ve learned that the shoes you wear do make a difference, as do the clothes. If you’re comfortable moving in your clothes, if you’re comfortable seeing yourself in the clothing (even better, if you like the way you look in the clothing, because you’re very likely looking in the mirror at least part of the time) you’ll play better, work better, do better. You’ll get a better workout.
That’s why I don’t wear any-old-thing to the gym. I wear pants, capris and skirts that make me feel good. I wear tops that I like on me, and that make me feel like I look decent. If a top rides up when I raise my hands, I know I’ll feel frustrated with it during a routine and won’t complete the routine. If my shoes trip me when I’m in a class because the base is too thin or too wide, or because the treads on the bottom are lined in a way that doesn’t suit the skill I’m working on, I won’t last through the exercise.
We’ve talked about it before, how new fitness clothes and shoes make you feel great and motivate you to get to the gym. So, slipping on my new Reebok Cardio Ultras (provided as a sample) this week, definitely changed my scheduled plans. Rather than the usual routine that mixes cardio with pilates or yoga, I focused on cardio, cardio, cardio, so that I could wear my shoes in a variety of classes.
I started the week in a step class. I’ve been avoiding Step for probably a few months, because neither my running shoes nor my dance shoes were cutting it. The dance shoes didn’t offer the right support and the running shoes were slipping off the step. I noticed a difference in the Cardio Ultras — I had more bounce and more support in my steps. The base of the shoes are much wider than my running shoes, so balance while going up and down was stronger. Pivoting was also easier because, like my dance shoes, they have a TurnZone, which allows the foot to turn on the shoe, not causing you to stumble during a turn as my running shoes do.
Next-up, I ditched the dance shoes and tried the Cardio Ultras during Dance Party. (I wish someone had gotten a picture–I was also wearing a Reebok top and pants during this class.) The wider base was great for balance, but I stumbled a little as I tried to make side-to-side moves, probably just something to get used to — you dance differently depending on your shoes because your body needs to adjust. The TurnZone was fabulous, as I recognized where it was under my foot, I could turn more and more easily.
I also used the shoes on the eliptical today — noticing that the shoes allowed me to multitask my fitness. Because they’re made for Cardio of all sorts, I can wear the shoes from class to activity to class.
Working out isn’t all about the clothes and the shoes, but I’m not going to enjoy my time at the gym unless I’m comfortable. And I like working out. I feel “off” when I don’t exercise. So I do everything I can to feel comfortable in my gym-clothing so that I can feel comfortable and encouraged and motivated at the gym — and focus more on my body and my health.
Thanks to Reebok for providing me with LES MILLS Cardio Ultra sneakers to try during my LES MILLS and other cardio classes at the gym, as well as the Own Spark top (such a cute, comfortable top that I wore for Pilates) as a part of their #BeMoreHuman campaign. This post contains affiliate links.
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