This is hilarious, lol.
To be honest, I rarely see women with those tiny dumbbells anymore but I have a sneaking suspicion they’re still getting used (they’re always restocking at my local fitness store). Many women still use them because it’s easier, they’re scared of lifting heavier or because that’s all they have at hand.
When you have access to heavier equipment, you’ll use it. It’s one thing to want to lift heavier. It’s another to make it happen.
Ladies of the at-home fitness crowd, I urge you: go for it! If the thought of a LOT heavier scares you, just a little heavier is fine. For now. :)
I won’t preach about how heavy or what you should or shouldn’t aim for (and wholeheartedly concede that MANY DVD programs call for lighter weights/endurance work - they do serve a purpose). But I will say that if your weights are under 8lbs AND you’ve been using the same ones for over 3 months (or years. Yup, it happens), it’s time to spend the money and invest in something HEAVIER.
It’s a stepping stone. A gateway “drug”.
Tip: Sometimes it’s not YOU that stinks. It’s your clothes!
Bacteria builds over time, especially in our workout clothes. Even if they smell fresh out of the dryer, the smell can be triggered by heat & sweat.
If you notice a smell during or after your workout, it may be the clothes and NOT you. Try taking a shower beforehand: most people won’t be smelly post workout if they’ve showered fairly recently. If you still stink, it might be the clothes. Likewise, if you only smell that ‘smell’ wearing certain shirts, bras or pants, it might be time to replace them all together.
It’s not always possible to eliminate odors, so be prepared to toss your items if need be. You can prevent smelly situations by washing your clothing as soon as possible post workout (even if you do a quick rinse in the sink and hang to dry). The longer they stay wet, the more bacteria grows. :)
Tips to get the smell OUT via Livestrong.
When it comes to fitness gear and apparel, finding the right sports bra is kinda like finding the holy grail. Once you find the ‘perfect’ fit, you never want to let it go!
But if you’re like most women, you probably haven’t found the ‘perfect’ sports bra. And while it’s not necessary to spend a ton of moola, making sure the one you have fits is KEY to avoiding pain, discomfort and injury. Even if you’re an A-cup like me.
Wanted to address a few boobie fitness concerns as the questions keep piling up in my Ask!
Here are some of the BIGGEST fit-boobie quetions I get.
Q: Why do my boobs ache after my workout? Even if I’m wearing a decent bra?
In most cases, that decent bra might not be as good as you think, or it may be worn out. Fabric stretches over time and eventually all sports bras need to be replaced. Sadly, not all bras are designed for all kinds of movement. And with a surge of women ramping up their workout intensity, there’s a need for better support in general.
The number one cause of breast pain in fitness is poor support.
We’ve recently learned that during exercise, our breasts move not only up and down, but also side to side and forward and backward. Many sports bras, especially older models, don’t account for the forward and backward motion. Combine that with our tendency to wear the wrong fit for OUR breasts, and it’s a recipe for poor support and pain.
This latter motion (backward and forward) simply isn’t factored in by most sports bras, especially those with low support (no underwire and no extra fabric cups). D-cup breasts in a low-support bra can move a total of 3-5 inches up and down AND in & out during a sweat session.
That’s quite a workout!
If you’re bigger than a B-cup, choose a high support sports bra that has a cup for each breast. This style is way better at keeping the girls comfortably contained while you work out. Take your time and try on different styles for comfort. Most importantly, before you leave the store TEST them out by jumping up and down, and bending forwards and back. They should be well supported in all planes of motion (imagine burpees: they should support you in plank AND as you jump up at the end).
Q: Do I need to wear a sports bra if i’m a B-cup?
I LOVE the messages and takeaways in this book. Fabulous reading for many, MANY women out there!
Most of us have a nonstop chorus of criticism in our heads, voices not unlike those of the mean girls lurking in locker rooms of junior high schools everywhere. Amy Ahlers’s witty, wise, and cut-to-the-chase book will give you everything you need to take on those bullying Inner Mean Girls and Inner Critics and win. You’ll learn how to rewire the self-sabotaging lies you tell yourself into affirming truths that will increase self-respect, self-love, and self-compassion, transforming your inner and outer lives.
Read a snippet here!
Do you have any body loving books you’re in love with? Care to share?