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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11 comments:

  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!

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  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.

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

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  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.

    JTwisdom
    http://bubblingwitheleganceandgrace.com

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  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.

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

    Walking everywhere in New York is definitely enough exercise!

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

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  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!
    Linda

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  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!

    http://fashionistalab.com

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  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 :)

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  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. :)

    xo

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