This evening I spoke for the Kaiser Medical Weight Management program in Fremont, CA. I had a very nice time, all the questions I got were really thoughtful and interesting, some I’d never had before, which is exciting for me because it makes good topics for posts I can write in the future.
One question I had after my talk was about what I wore for exercising. As you may or may not know, people who’ve lost a lot of weight often have more skin than they need, and so we require some supportive clothing for exercise. In general, when people ask about what they should wear for exercise I say whatever you’re comfortable in. If the thought of going to the gym in flashy gear freaks you out, you probably won’t go, so pick something that doesn’t make you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable – physically or emotionally!
But, if you have an excess of skin you probably want something with some holding power. Here are some of the things I like:
2XU Compression tights. I love, love, love these and won’t run without them. They keep my hip, leg and butt skin firmly in place and reduce muscular strain from having that skin swinging around.
CW-X Ultra Support Bra. I’ve tried many different styles of sports bra, but I stick with CW-X now, and this style in particular. It’s pricey but worth the expense. It has a hook closure in the back, which is vastly superior to any pullover-style sports bra out there – having to contort yourself to get out of a bra when you’re soaking with sweat is just no fun! Plus, each cup is individual engineered to provide maximum support and minimize jiggles while avoiding the uni-boob effect – this thing is solid!
Both of these are pretty pricey, so whenever I need to replace them I go to Google, put in my search terms (usually the name of the product) and then hit the “Shopping” option in the menu on the left of the Google search page, then select a “Sort by” order (in the drop-down menu on the upper right) of “Price: low to high” and buy whichever link comes up cheapest. I’ve gotten the 2XU tights for $55 once that way, so it’s definitely worth shopping around a bit online before buying!
Shoes – I’ve tried several different brands, but I always come back to Asics. I highly recommend finding a good running gear shop near you. You can tell if they’re a good shop by whether they evaluate you while you walk and run before making a recommendation. Better shops often have a treadmill where they will watch you running (or walking, if that’s your thing!) so they can get an idea of what shoe brand and style would be most supportive for your stride.
Good gear isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it in the long run – once I made the investment for some good stuff it really made a difference in how much I enjoyed my workouts – and how hard I could work!