Exercise apparel improves attitude and results

Nadia wearing yoga pants and leggings, working out on her favorite exercise bicycleFeeling good physically spills over into all aspects of our lives, and as a bonus, lifts our spirits. When I do my morning exercises in old pajamas, my efforts are okay, don’t get me wrong (and there are plenty of times I do just that). But when I invest the extra minute it takes to put on something nicer than pajamas or old clothes (yoga pants, a contrasting shirt, some colorful leg warmers or some other fun accessory), suddenly I’m emotionally invested in my routine. It is then I work out a little longer and a little harder. Are my results better? Yes, I always feel better than usual after a workout I’ve approached with enthusiasm, and preparation.

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You don’t have to be skinny to rock your blue jeans

jeansAmericans have had a love affair with blue jeans for as long as I can remember. They are never out of fashion, and whatever your age, even if you are a grandparent, it doesn’t mean you can’t rock a good pair of blue jeans.

I don’t know what is it with all the disparaging talk about so-called “mom jeans.” They were high fashion in the 80s, and yes, several styles popular at that time have deservedly gone by the wayside. Others are still around because they are universal. Buying a pair of jeans should be about good fit and comfort. Oh, and maybe it’s just me, but the jeans to the picture on the left look about an inch or so too short. Am I right? That doesn’t affect my overall point though.

Higher-cut, normal-fitting jeans work for a lot of women and men. It is best to buy from departments that have several lengths and cuts, letting you find what works well for your body type, not the latest low-rise teen-jean on the market. If you choose flattering jeans that look and feel good, you’ll feel younger, slimmer, and more energetic. What more can be asked of our favorite “go to” article of clothing?

Do I have a favorite brand? Yes I do (and I’m getting nothing in return for this recommendation other that the pleasure of sharing my favorite with you). Gloria Vanderbilt’s, Amanda, tapered, short, stretch jeans work best for me. Gloria Vanderbilt carries a wide range of sizes, lengths and styles (including plus sizes), and the price at around $35.00 won’t hold you back. I usually get them at Kohl’s, but have also found them at (of all places) Fleet Farm stores. Once you know your size, you can also get them online at Amazon.com.