Heading Back to the Gym

A mother is ready to head back to the gym, and finds the perfect workout gear!


a woman at the gymIt’s been six months since my son Jordan was born, and, unfortunately, I still have more pounds to lose than the Octo-Mom has kids. Upon Jordan’s arrival, I vaguely remember my doctor saying I couldn’t exercise for six weeks. However, with Petocin racing through my head faster than you can say epidural, and my hormone levels as erratic as the stock market, I somehow convinced myself she had said six months. Now, with my self-induced (no pun intended) deadline upon me and fifteen pounds of baby weight hanging on tighter than my True Religion jeans feel, I am – finally – ready to get in shape.

But what to wear for my first day back at the gym? I admit I haven’t shopped for exercise clothes in months. OK, a year would be more accurate. In my defense, chasing after a toddler (my daughter Chloe is 2) and a newly crawling infant may not rival a triathlon, but it should count for something! So I hit the stores and surfed the web to find stylish activewear that flatters even the curviest figures. These great finds actually make me excited to work out.

Lulu Lemon Yahari Jacket (see stores for pricing)
This moisture-wicking jacket has the authority of a pinstriped blazer yet the comfort of sweats.

tank top by NikeStella McCartney for Adidas Run Performance Image Tank ($79)
Gwyneth and Madonna can’t wear yesterday’s exercise clothes to the gym. That’s why they’re fans of Paul’s daughter’s of-the-minute line of hoodies, yoga pants and tops like this racerback drawstring tank in an energizing neon hue.

Nike Camo Print Sports Bra ($34) and Track Shorts ($30)
There’s nothing like camouflage (even in girly pink) to motivate like a boot camp drill sergeant. Give it a month, and your physique will rival Demi’s in GI Jane.

a sleevless hoodie by Norma KamaliNorma Kamali for Wal-Mart Women’s Sleeveless Hoodie ($15)
The storied fashion designer known for her ultra-flattering (and pricey) matte jersey gowns has created a line of affordable sportswear just in time for the recession. Layer this terry vest over last year’s stretchy tees for an instant update.

American Apparel Shiny Denim Diagonal Strap Gym Bag ($33)
I’m loving that this denim duffle – which costs less than a personal Pilates session – is roomy enough for sneakers, a change of clothes and even a bath towel. It doubles as a diaper bag, too.

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