April 29, 2011

FBFF: Fitness And Fashion

I was not looking forward to this week's questions because I don't work out that often. I get especially unmotivated during New York winters when it is bitter cold outside. Well here goes nothing...

1. Do you keep some kind of fitness routine? Why? 
Not really, I know I should. I hate the idea of a gym, I don't like to run when I'm not going anywhere. I usually do stretches because blogging makes you sit all day and walk whenever I can in the city. My routine is basically walk as much as I can in the city.

2. Has working out, maybe training for a marathon or something of that nature, helped with your own perception of body image? 
I'm not a complete fitness freak because I personally like a curvier figure. If you work out for marathons (my mom does triathlons) great for you! For me, I personally like softer muscle tone. I love Christina Hendricks body, Scarlett Johansson before she lost weight for Iron Man 2, Selma Hayek, Jennifer Hudson. You get the picture. Like most girls, I do think about my body but I don't think I'm SUPER self-conscious about it. I think work with your natural figure. Don't think if you have to be a size 2 Kelly Ripa if your body isn't naturally like that. My sister is (damn her!), she's had two kids and has popped right back to her size 2 figure. I, on the other hand, am not and like that. I have a big butt and proud!

3. When you are hitting the gym or just going out for a long walk what do you wear? Is it about functionality or fashion? 
It's more what do I want to sweat in. Since I'm not a health nut I don't have a "workout wardrobe." I usually wear an old t-shirt and yoga pants. I have sweatpants but not the horribly ugly ones so it's not too frumpy but I don't pay much attention to how I'm looking when I'm working out. I don't want to sweat in cute clothes, is that weird?

4. Do you feel there is a cultural perception of what you ‘should’ be doing for your own physical fitness? 
I definitely society has become very fitness obsessed. It might be good since America has become such an obese country. I just know for me personally that I don't need to be doing hardcore training. I try to keep my eating habits in control. Enjoy everything in proportions. But I don't think I need to spend $200 on a gym membership when I can use New York City. Or buy "fashionable workout" clothes, etc. Stick to what works for you and find a workout routine you enjoy otherwise you won't be motivated.

5.  Dream big… what would be your ultimate fitness goal.
Oh jeesh, I have no idea. I've been contemplating becoming vegan because there is so much nasty chemicals in our foods. I want to try to make a more conscious effort to pick healthier foods and make that extra effort to find those foods whether that means going to different grocery stores or visiting a certain farmer's market.

Would love to hear your thoughts about this particular topic!

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  1. I workout, but it's hardly a daily routine anymore. I love your honesty in your answers. Living in the city (especially NYC)certainly provides an environment that's easy to get exercise time in, whether catching subway, parks, walking up & down the city, etc. I even stretch on planes.. yes, I'm that passenger! lol :) Happy Friday!

  2. I enjoyed reading your post. You are so open in your answers and that is nice. I tend to go all out or let things slide. Right now I've just started walking again. You're right, you've got New York to walk, why would you need a gym?! I think walking outside is best anyway. I agree about the cold weather. I hate walking in the cold.

  3. Oh yes you and I are a lot alike in our responses. I wasn't looking forward to this week either!

  4. Hi,

    Thank you for commenting on my blog, I really appreciate it.

    I think that you doing a lot of walking in NYC is a great way to get your "fitness" in. I agree that walking in the cold is not that great. I walk up and down three flights of steps at work if I need to get out of the office and I get my energy pumping so I think everyone should do what works for them. I am not into going to a gym either because I can workout on my own time and when I want to without having to pay a fee so that works for me.

    Great post.


  5. You know, I was so fixated on talking about working out my body that I forgot to even think about the fitness of what I put in my body. You're right -- there is way too much crap in our food that's not, you know, properly food.

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog, Kimberlee. Much appreciated.

    Walking everywhere in New York is definitely enough exercise!

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

  7. Yep I am with you on fitness! At least you have New York to use if you choose! I live in a big housing beside an industrial estate which is not so inspiring!

  8. I'm the same way - hate sweating in cute clothes, in regular clothes at all for that matter. I won't workout unless I know I can shower afterwards, or go straight home.

    Also, I totally feel you on all the chemicals that go into our food! It's scary sometimes. Even though I'm lactose intolerant I can't live a life without cheese, so I definitely wouldn't be able to go vegan!


  9. @Fashion Tales- haha it's okay, it's good to stretch on planes!

    @Debbie- Thank you :)

    @Missy- haha I"m glad I wasn't the only one :p

    @JTWisdom- Thanks for following!

    @Sydney Shop Girl- Glad you agree :)

    @afashionablelifeforme- Oh boy, not very fun.

    @fashionistalab- Yeah, I don't like sweating in clothes and not being able to shower right away. hehe cheese is great :)

  10. I totally see how you feel about going to the gym. I'm in the middle. I like seeing the numbers go higher (like my pedometer, I like seeing how many steps I've walked, etc), but actually getting myself psyched to go exercise can be really difficult. Especially if its hot outside, or I'm tired. I was vegetarian for a few years, and it was actually really difficult! I ended up going back to my omnivore eating habits...but if you decide to become vegan, good for you! That takes a lot of strength and dedication, and that is definitely admirable. :)



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