Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brighten Your Day

It's true -- bright colors brighten my day.
Over the years, I've read multiple articles in women's fitness magazines about how wearing colored clothes to the gym can help boost your mood and even increase motivation at the gym. I also recall color psych studies with findings along those lines from my undergrad psych days. But as a skeptic, I didn't think anything of it, until I wore my first non-black gym shirt to the gym. My black monochrome gym fatigues haven't been the same. Now when I open my gym bag and am greeted by bright pink, bold purple or blue tops, my eyes perk up and my mind starts focusing on the training at hand. Reinvigorate your gym uniform and see if it reinvigorates you. Btw, you definitely don't have to break the bank to try it.

Here's where you can find pieces to brighten your day:

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Target's C9 selection has come a long way. The line used to be boring and unflattering. Over the years, the gear has evolved to keep up with the stylish times and its quality to withstand wash after wash. I'm a fan of C9 sports bras and cotton workout tanks. I usually stock up on the bras and tanks when they go on sale every couple of months.

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Nike isn't just for the almighty athlete anymore. Over the last two or three years, it's been expanding its line to appeal to more of the "casual" athlete. To me that means, lower prices. Every season Nike's been coming out with new color combinations (some too gaudy for me). The clothes fit well and are durable. Prices for the casual line range from comparable to slightly more expensive than C9.

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Walking through Lululemon is always fun. The clothes are bright and simple. As you may know, I am a huge fan of Lululemon pants, shirts, and sports bras. Wash after wash, they hold their color, elasticity and shape. Although pretty to admire, the sport bra tank tops can be extremely tight fitting and sometimes unflattering. Because of the price, I consider Lululemon clothes an "investment".

Here are 3 things that have been brightening my week:

{laundry day = assortment of happiness for the week}

{swatch choices for my suit in order of preference}

{not bright, but interesting coloring -- thought I had dirt
on my legs, then realized it was bruises from the dog}

Happy training,


Sobrina Tung said...

i love this post! adding a dose of whimsy to fitness :)

Liz said...

I love bright colors at the gym too! I've had quite a few, guys...comment on my interesting color combinations. It doesn't help that my Vibrams are bright pink and orange :) And I'm also covered in bruises, although mine are from moving! I swear people probably think someone at home beats me. And new ones keep popping up every day!

Nathalie said...

@Sobrina - Thanks! I'm trying to change up the posts to keep it interesting. Finding consistency in what I post is the difficult part. I have so much I want to share!

@Liz re bruises I know! I feel like I'm unknowingly walking into everything at the gym. Glad to read that you're progressing on your training too! Keep it up!