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I’ve been a fitness enthusiast for four years now, and I’ve tried my fair share of athleisure. Trust me, I have certain non-negotiables when it comes to activewear—and I’m sure you’ll agree:
1. No see-through (or sweaty crotch marks) during my workout.
2. No rolling down or slippage on my leggings when I do squats.
3. And I must be comfortable!
Before rounding up some of my favorite activewear lines, I have to say: sometimes, trying on new clothes can give people anxiety. You may have to size up or down depending on the fit. When you try on any of these brands, pay attention to what the fit feels like and remember the following questions: How do the clothes make you feel? Is the fabric comfortable? Do you feel supported in all of the right areas?
What’s not important is the size on the label. Sizes vary from brand-to-brand, and what’s printed on a little tag should not dictate how you feel. Your worth is not measured by a number; it is measured by the quality of person that you are: confident, kind, and resilient!
Now that we got the size stigma out of the way, here are a few of my favorite brands:
Sweaty Betty: If you are looking for compression, the Zero Gravity leggings are the way to go. They hold all of you in, and when you get down low for those squats, you don’t have to worry that your leggings will ride down at all.
Beyond Yoga: This is one of my favorite athleisure brands because their designs are so wonderfully thought out. Determined to spread a body-positive message, Beyond Yoga regularly features women of all shapes and sizes in their marketing—and that matters. The fabric is responsibly sourced and oh-so-soft, making you feel like you’re wearing actual clouds!
Avocado: I recently tried their leggings, and while there’s not too much compression, Avocado is all about comfort! The cut makes their leggings very flattering to the backside as well (if you know what I mean). Hello, peach emoji!
Zella by Nordstrom: Zella is a Nordstrom-made activewear line that is reasonably priced, and their designs feel on-trend yet practical. Many of the pieces I’ve bought and that are in-store feature pockets, making the style super convenient—especially if I am going on a hike or being active outdoors and don’t have access to a locker to store my belongings.
While I love tons of brands, I only have a few pieces because I get it—the cost of activewear can really add up. Invest in a few well made classic and comfortable staples so you can keep the clutter in your closet to a minimum, and what you have will withstand all of those tough workouts in the future!
The intentions we set in our daily lives are often methods for healing wounds, whether they’re self-inflicted or have been passed down to us by others. Developing a conscious practice to get rid of negative thoughts or feelings we’re holding onto can help us move in a more positive direction toward letting go, healing, and being present.
Moving intentionally within our bodies allows us to fully notice how they feel so we can acknowledge and target the right areas. Some days we struggle to work hard enough while others, we push ourselves too hard! We do this both in class and in other areas of our life. It's important to remember to understand our bodies’ rhythms or fatigue while making space for our humanness, feelings, or need to be vulnerable.
Here are a few simple guidelines for following intentions during your workout:
Remember that just like in life, taking a moment to pause and build the appropriate foundation will undoubtedly support you to be 100% successful on your journey. At The Dailey Method, we refer to this kind of mindful exercise as a “meditation in movement” and begin our practice with intentions. During the warmup, instructors encourage students to set an intention for their workout, even if it’s just a focus on breath, and then revisit it during their final resting pose. Often, we associate these goals with our Word of the Month, a specific theme to help guide our practice each month. But there are so many intentions to choose from—moving with your breath, moving with grace, forgiving yourself, shining your light out, the options are limitless, and you can alter them each day depending on where you are right here and right now.
“Personally, I am so grateful for this process being part of my Dailey practice,” says Jill Dailey, founder of The Dailey Method. “It is a built-in opportunity for me to stay in the present, and when I wander (because of course I do!) a tool to guide my presence back to the here and now.”
When the workout gets challenging or you feel like giving up at any point during class, set an intention to pause and remember the fact that we are all on this same path, doing this exercise together. You have all the tools you need to be successful—even if it means taking a quick rest or resetting your alignment! Don’t compare yourself to others; just focus on yourself and your goals for the workout. Remember why you’re there.
As you leave class, move with deliberation and show up at your next appointment, event, family gathering, or grocery shopping excursion as the greatest version of you. You just rocked your class and brought effort, strength, perseverance, and commitment. Acknowledge that and bring it with you. Don't forget about the intentions you set during class; figure out how you can apply them to other areas of your life!
Make moving with intention part of your next workout by taking a class at The Dailey Method near you today!