Tag Archives: workout clothes

Well Played, Old Navy.

24 Jan

Last week, all of Old Navy’s Active Apparel was 40% off.

Also last week, all my favorite bloggers posted reviews of Old Navy’s Active Apparel.

Well played, Old Navy.

Now, I’ve always been a fan of Old Navy’s workout line. I think it’s high quality and very well priced. My very favorite running capris were purchased at Old Navy and I still wear them, 3 years later, despite the fact that they are too big (I lost some weight between then and now), so I didn’t really need any convincing. But I must offer kudos to ON (as I like to call it) for such a brilliant marketing strategy. I peruse the ON website often and I had seen what they had, but after seeing it reviewed and modeled by some of my favorite bloggers, I was sold.

I dare say a lot of other people were, too, as their weren’t a ton of choices in the colors and sizes I was looking for! However, I managed to find a few things:

tshirt capris

First up: The Women’s Compression Capris in Arctic Depth. I actually already have these in the Carbon color, and the photograph makes them look like that color, but they really are more blue when you put them next to each other. I’m loving these capris! They are snug, they don’t fall down, and they have a wide waist band that doesn’t cut into your sides. The top is the Women’s Slub-Knit GoDRY Tee in Polly-ester Purple. I’ve been much more into tees than tanks lately when I work out, and this one is great. It feels and fits much like my favorite loungey t-shirt, but it’s made with the quick dry material.

Thumbholes

 

Apologies for the blurry photo. I’ve not quite mastered the selfie with my new camera, apparently. Here we have the Women’s Active GoDRY Running Top, featuring thumbholes! Lately, I’ve noticed that built in thumbholes in long-sleeved running tops are all the rage, and I’ve been dying to get something with this feature. I actually have one long-sleeved t-shirt that I use for running quite often that I cut thumbholes into so that I can slip gloves over it, but the built-ins are going to look so much nicer. I got this top in a small. Perhaps I should have gone up a size, since it’s a tiny bit snug, but I’m going to hold on to it. I actually prefer my running clothes to be snug.

bubble tank

Here is the Women’s Striped Bubble Active Tank in Blackjack. My awkward pose above is trying to illustrate the snug waistband of the tank. I am going to love wearing this to yoga!

Not pictured, I also bought a sports bra and some socks. After the 40% off and the rewards points I had from my Old Navy card, I spent $60 total on all of this. Which is about half the price of one pair of pants from Lululemon. I know a lot of Lulu fanatics say that the astronomical prices are worth it because of the quality, but I think the Old Navy clothes are very high quality. Like I mentioned above, all of my Old Navy activewear stays in rotation for quite a long time, and for the price, I won’t feel bad if it needs replaced in a year or less.

I’m super excited to give these clothes a try with a run after work!

Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite brand of activewear? 

 

 

Advertisements

Extra Sleep = Extra Exercise

2 Aug

I get up at 5:15 in the morning, Monday through Friday, even on rest days. I’m a firm believer that if you wake up at the exact same time every morning, you’ll never have trouble getting out of bed and to the gym.

Yesterday, I broke my rule. I just did not want to get out of bed! I woke up with my alarm, but I just laid there, reading on my Kindle and drifting in and out of sleep for two hours!

I guess I just needed the extra sleep, but when I don’t get up and work out or at least get some housework done, I feel…blah for the rest of the day. So when I got home from work, I was determined to do something productive. So, I put on my workout clothes and went to the gym. I got on the treadmill and did a really hardcore HIIT run for about 20 minutes:

*Typically, my warm up speed starts at 4.0 and goes up from there until I get to about 6.0

I’m telling you what, I was out of breath and very sweaty when I was done with this. I hope you’ll try it! If you do, let me know in the comments below.

After the gym, I made the most delicious dinner: Morrocan Chicken and a simple salad with cucumbers (homegrown, thanks to my friends Shane and Susie), tomatoes, kale, green leaf lettuce and sunflower seeds. I poured Sriracha all over the chicken and Pomegranate Vinaigrette on the salad. It was so good! The sauce for the chicken was so delicious I wanted to drink it.

Not my photo! Photo credit: Whole Living Magazine

I used this recipe  for the chicken. I made a few changes, however: I didn’t use raisins because I’m not really a fan, I didn’t have any white wine so I used cooking sherry, I served it over rice rather than quinoa (because I’m out of quinoa) and I added garam masala because it’s my favorite spice blend. This was a keeper for sure! You should try it. That photo above isn’t mine. I forgot my phone at home today, so my photos are MIA for now. But mine looked quite like that, except the whole dutch oven thing. I really need a dutch oven. I had to cook mine in my cast-iron skillet with aluminum foil covering it.

Keeping up the momentum, this morning I was ready to go when my alarm went off. I decided to hit the pool this morning, for the first time in almost 2 years! I really have slacked off on my swimming workouts, but I think after this morning’s great swim, I’m going to try to add it in instead of a run once a week. Here is what I did:

*The typical pool is 25 meters in length. Olympic sized pools are 50 meters in length.

I swam 900 meters, which is roughly equal to one half of a mile:

Gotta love Google conversions

There is a poster on the wall in the pool area of my gym that says swimming 1/4 of a mile is equal to running one mile. I wonder what that means? Calorie burn? Time? I’m not really sure. I guess I’ll Google it when I’m done with this post and let you know tomorrow!

After I changed out of my suit, I hit the weight room for a few sets of chest and arm exercises (bench press, incline bench press, push ups, barbell tricep extension and hammer curls). I’d say that the little bit of extra sleep I got yesterday morning went a long way!

Question for the day:
How do you know if you need some extra sleep?