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|Dancing with Sandra Hull (Lolcatburglar) of Lolcat Fame in my super stretchy awesome clothes!
My dear friend Ragen and I were chatting on the phone the other day. She was killing time and talking to me while she was people watching at the airport when she remarked, “that chick’s wearing 4-inch heels at an airport. What’s up with that?” I assured her that I had no idea. And I further explained why I had decided to work in the fitness industry. “Well I love to dance and I love to help people. And fitness is fun! But mostly I just wanted to work in a job where I can wear tennis shoes and sweat pants every day.” Ragen said, “That sounds like a blog post. If you don’t write it, I will.” So I did and here we are.
In fact, I’ve spent most of my adult life moving from the least comfortable clothes to the most. Most of you are probably blissfully unaware that I studied opera in college. Yup, you heard it right–opera. That meant lots of costumes–often with big heavy wigs, lots of makeup, long skirts and corsets. Oh, there were other compensations. I also got to wear glittery jewelry and have a gig where I was often actually required to wear a tiara. And sometimes I got to, you know, sing and stuff. But after a while, those clothes got pretty darn uncomfortable. I couldn’t wear it to Starbucks and I certainly couldn’t nap in it.
Next I started working in corporate America. The skirts were shorter, but the heels were higher. 8-10 hour-days in even medium-height pumps was agony. And while you could go order a Triple, Ventissimo, Frapalatte in this get up, you certainly couldn’t nap in it. It was still stiff and confining. After I while, I started my own business so I could at least wear jeans most days.
Then I started working in the fitness industry. Now, I get to wear stretchy exercise pants, and super awesome sports bras and tennis shoes almost every day. This is the career for me! I’ll never forget the first time I did a fitness trade show. Not only was it not a fashion crisis to wear the most comfortable stuff in my closet, but also it was what I was supposed to wear. I was invited to wear clothes that passed both the “go get coffee” and the “nap on the sofa” test. Oh happy day!
Seriously kids, the comfort and sheer awesomeness of exercise clothes is difficult to overstate. You get to wear super comfortable shoes that come in awesome colors and even have sports detailing like race cars. And the pants? Even Margaret Cho waxes rhapsodic about yoga pants. They are comfy, yes. But they are also flexible. They allow you to occupy and move through space like you own the joint. They allow you to bend and stretch and reach and dance. Exercise clothes allow you to just breathe. So if you’re looking for a reason to work out–here’s one. Exercising is a wonderful excuse to wear exercise clothes, which in turn allow you to move and stretch and dance and breathe.
So my little chicklettes, why not don all your super awesome stretchy stuff and dance with me? If you live near LA, you can join me for a Divaluscious Workout this Saturday. Or you can always join me for my free live streaming workouts. Or just listen in tomorrow night (Tuesday, February 21) when I’ll be interviewed by Golda Poretsky along with Anna Guest-Jelley at the 2012 Body Love Revolutionaries Summit. And whatever else you choose, just breathe.
The Fat Chick