Sunday, 5 March 2017

Feeling Confident While Working Out


I don't know if everyone feels this way while working out, but I feel like people are judging me - judging me for not being fit enough, judging me for not being toned enough and judging me on my workout clothes. It's difficult to take that first plunge into working out, especially if you haven't done it before or not for a while. I basically hibernate from working out over winter and resume as soon as spring is on the horizon, which means every year I have to take that daunting first step again when I know I'll feel really unfit and like I'm wobbling all over the shop (well, gym). 

The first step for me in getting my confidence up is new workout gear. Sportswear has really risen in popularity over the last few years and there is so much more choice on the market than there used to be, which means that buying workout clothes actually feels like a treat and luckily it also means you can choose something you'll really feel good in. In the past I've made bad decisions when it comes to workout clothes - why I ever thought I'd wear a lycra crop top I'm not quite sure. It's easy to see super toned women on Instagram rocking crop tops and thinking that for some reason you might automatically turn into them by wearing one yourself. I can tell you that is not true.




So I've decided I need two things when it comes to sportswear. I need bright, interesting colours and patterns that will make me feel positive and motivated as well as being something that I actually like wearing. So I'm waving goodbye to my plain black leggings and becoming bolder with these leggings* from Simply Be. I'd never considered Simply Be for workout gear because I've just never seen it advertised, but they actually have absolutely loads of choice both from their own brand and various others. These leggings are Ellesse and they're so comfortable, they're high waisted so I'm not worried about them riding down and they're just so nice and colourful. Patterned workout leggings are the way forward for me because wearing these makes me feel so much more confident and motivated.

The second thing I need is the reassurance that any parts of my body that I'm not confident about are covered up i.e. my stomach and my arms so definitely no lycra crop tops thank you. That means this hoody* also from Simply Be is perfect for working out outside and as I mentioned in my last post I'm starting running again this month. As well as being a workout staple I have a feeling that this might find its way into my everyday wardrobe too especially with athleisure being everywhere at the moment and the fact that it's so comfortable, soft and also looks great - I love the overlay detail at the back.




Leggings* - Simply Be (here) | Hoody* - Simply Be (here) | Trainers - Primark (current)

What do you look for in sportswear? 

Amy x

Some of the items in this post were kindly sent to me by Simply Be, but all opinions are my own.
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  1. Oh those leggings are so cute, love them!! The jumper looks perfect for working out to!! Thanks for sharing xox

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    1. I love the leggings, I've been wearing them out running this week :) xx

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  2. The leggings look so cute!
    Because I'm bigger then I'd like to be I tend to stick to black bottoms and a bit of a baggy top. I really need to join the gym now. Also on the hunt for some new trainers.

    Tania || www.taniaalexandraribeiro.com
    xxx

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    1. These Primark ones are OK for light exercise but I've just started running so on the hunt for some new ones too! xx

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  3. I've just joined the gym again this week and bought some new workout clothes haha we must be thinking the same. I'm all about comfort and buying clothes that are going to make me more confident when at the gym.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Yeah it's something about this time of year definitely! And yeah comfort is a biggie for me too xx

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  4. I love this outfit and it would be something I would love to wear to exercise. Great choices!

    Steph xx

    Steph’s World | Lifestyle Blog | www.stephsworld.com

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    1. Thanks Steph, it's such a great outfit for me! xx

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  5. I agree, I think workout gear makes it a little easier to feel confident. If I am wearing something I love I feel more motivated rather than just chucking on leggings and a frumpy top
    I am totally in love with your leggings
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

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    1. Yeah definitely! I think part of the reason I failed over winter was because all I had was old black leggings! xx

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  6. I love these colorful leggings, they look like a piece that can magically brighten up your entire morning! I seriously need to start working out, at least walking more and running but I'm just so terribly lazy...such a hopeless case :( Hope you've had a lovely weekend! xx

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    1. I feel so good putting them on! Haha, looks like you're always out walking and exploring so I'm sure you're fine :) xx

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  7. I absolutely love your leggings, I definitely like to have some funkier gym wear to help keep me motivated but also have a few plainer pieces too.

    Kristy | www.thevioletblonde.com

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    1. Thank you! That's why I love this combo because I've got the colourful bottoms but it's not overboard because of the hoody :) xx

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  8. I absolutely love the leggings and I'm the same I like to have my stomach and arms covered up I definetely wouldn't wear a crop top! X

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    1. I really don't know why I ever bought one, so silly! xx

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  9. These pattered leggings are so much fun and are definitely a great way to motivate yourself to workout! I tend to pick up new activewear every few months as a way to keep things fresh - and that includes my motivation! You look great and good luck with your workouts :)

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. I think I need to start doing that because it really does help with motivation! xx

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  10. I need those leggins in my life!! How cute!
    Kerry xx || http://kezlablogs.blogspot.co.uk || https://twitter.com/KezlaBlogs

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    1. Thank you Kerry, I absolutely love them :) xx

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  11. Girl I LOVE those leggings! Completely agree with you about fun/bright clothes and covering up! I always wear a top with sleeves and something that's long enough to tuck into my leggings; there's nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable whilst training as it's so off putting!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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    1. Yeah exactly, comfort is a biggie - I also hate it when leggings ride down so luckily these come quite high on my waist! xx

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  12. I agree on the workout clothes, I noticed that when I buy new clothes it gives me confidence and motivation to work out! Love the leggings!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. I think it's because I want to wear them and the only reason I'd do that is to work out haha! xx

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  13. I really need to get into exercise! I love the leggings!x

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    1. Thank you, it's making me feel so much better :) xx

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  14. Love the patterned leggings Amy! I agree that I feel more confident in an outfit that I like and feel comfortable in!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thank you! Hope you're having a lovely Monday! xx

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  15. Those leggings are so lovely. I have those trainers for doing indoor yoga, they're so comfortable and light. I cant wait to exercise again once I have had my back injection xxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

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    1. They are so comfortable aren't they! Hope you're feeling better soon xx

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  16. I agree with you, a colourful pair of leggings can motivate people, and I also agree, that people judge us for not being motivated enough, or not liking jogging, or canoeing, or any kind of sport - we don't have to like everything - and that we are not toned enough, not fit enough, etc... It's so difficult to find motivation, in my case :) You look gorgeous, so good that you share these leggings, I may get better about working out :) Hope you have a very nice week!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Thanks so much Denise, hope you have a lovely week too! xx

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  17. I hope I can feel confident while working out. I always feel intimidated :(


    Angelie // Beauty MNL Haul + Shopping Experience

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    1. Aw you shouldn't feel intimidated! Hope you find your confidence :) xx

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  18. Great workout style! I love your site and your style :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much that's so kind :) xx

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  19. It's quite funny because I don't like wearing bright gym clothing. It makes me feel anxious, so I tend to opt for Gymshark clothing more so than anywhere else because of the dark colours x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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    1. It's interesting what makes different people feel more confident - gotta do you :) xx

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  20. Those pants look so cute on you, girl! xx

    Blessings,
    Edye | Gracefulcoffee.com

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    1. Thank you so much Edye, I love them :) xx

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  21. The legging is cute, when we feel confident with the outfit then others will follow :)

    - Lily Kanaya
    Www.Glowlicious.Me

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    1. Thanks so much, I love wearing them :) xx

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  22. Fun and vibrant work out gear always helps to make me feel more confident xx

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    1. Yeah definitely - I've always hidden in black in the past! xx

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  23. Yesss I love those leggings girly, I mean... I never ever exercise but if I did, they'd be on my list haha!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Haha! Thanks lovely, also you could totally just wear them around the house! xx

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  24. I love your leggings - I think they are super cute. I always feel motivated to work out more when I like my outfit as opposed to when a wear a pair of fairly ratty yoga pants! x

    www.rhymeandribbons.com

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    1. Thank you! Yeah definitely, I guess feeling good makes me more productive! xx

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  25. I completely understand where you are coming from Amy! When I am using the cross trainer or the weights at the gym, I'm always paranoid that the other people there are secretly laughing at me for not being able to use the equipment properly! However, I completely agree that feeling like you look great in the gym in a colourful pair of leggings definitely makes all the difference to your confidence! I have a gorgeous bright turquoise gym top from Primark that I absolutely love wearing and that gives me a boost every time! Thanks for sharing, I definitely need to check out the range at Simply Be!

    Abbey 😘 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Yes I get exactly the same! I love Primark sportswear, that's where my trainers are from :) xx

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  26. I'm always paranoid when I'm at the gym but then I just think I'm there for me and it gets me through. I tend to just use the cardio machines there and do toning moves at home.

    Sian x
    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. That's a great mindset to have. I do mainly cardio at the gym too - toning machines scare me a little bit and I always feel like people are watching me on the mats haha xx

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  27. I have been really enjoying shopping for sportswear recently. It's important to feel confident, that's the only way I'm able to continue! My fear is also getting judged about not having the 'ideal' body in other people's minds, and also that I'm doing a workout all wrong, haha. We all start somewhere though, right?

    www.lovefrommaira.co.uk

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    1. Exactly! It's hard but dressing the part definitely makes me feel more confident! xx

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