Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Two Words I Never Thought I Would Put Together in a Blog Post Title...

...Or even use in everyday conversation, Sports Bra.

On Sunday I bought my first sports bra and today was the first day I wore it. The entire idea of exercise clothing is somewhat alien to me, especially the garments shown above. In those long ago days when I did any sports, either I was wearing a gym suit or I just wore regular underthings. I'm not even sure when sports bras were invented. Whenever it was I missed it. 

Sometime shortly after the chair yoga debacle, I decided that the yoga group I had joined was too advanced for me and I tabled a more formal exercise program until later in the year. Later this spring I picked up a brochure at the library about a research program studying exercise and seniors. It looked doable for someone with a few infirmities and I passed the screening. My launch date was this week.  

After visiting the Y last week -- a post for another day -- I decided I needed to get a sportier exercise wardrobe, and that among other things, a sports bra was necessary. What an experience! I chose three to try on and promptly got myself completely tangled in the first one I tried on. It had a complicated razor-back and it was definitely for someone with a lot more flexibility. Shades of the chair yoga disaster, but this episode, thankfully, took place in the privacy of a dressing room. The second one I tried on was much too small -- they were all the same size -- but like Goldilocks, the third one was just right. 

After the last few years of surgery, more surgery and lots of physical therapy, being healthier and more fit is one of my biggest goals. For the next six months -- the duration of the study -- I'll be a regular visitor to the Y. I'm hoping that my regular visits will lead to a healthier, fitter and trimmer Buttercup who actually enjoys exercise. I'll keep you posted.

As always, thanks for visiting and take good care. Here's to the sweet days of summer. 

12 comments:

Susie said...

Buttercup, I am terrible at picking sport bras. I have bought two and given them away. I just wear my regular bras. I have to have support. Ever see the ladies on biggest loser running....tape those babies down . Some one on that show needed to tell the women to harness themselves. That looks so painful to run with boobs flying. Good luck in your exercise. xoxo,Susie

Kerin said...

Best of luck with your new fitness program.
I hope you enjoy it, and have the added benefit of increased health.
I'm proud of you for putting forth the effort too!!

As everyone knows, the first step is the hardest :)

K.

TARYTERRE said...

You're lucky you found one that fit. I never have found one that does for me. Hope you are inspired by this new jaunt into exercising. It can be great, but there are moments when you can feel the physical strain. be careful not to overdo.

Melinda said...

I'll bet you'll be suprise how
much you look forward to the Y.

Good Luck!

M : )

Sola Scriptura said...

This post really made me chuckle. I can relate all too well!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I had to laugh at your description of putting on a sports bra as I have had the same experience. It was so frustrating.

Good luck on your exercise routine. It is difficult to start, but after awhile, you will enjoy it and feel the benefits.

Elaine Sipos said...

LOL! Enjoyed your post! Dressing room pics would have been inappropriate, I guess!

Wandering Wren said...

Buttercup - you are indeed entering new territory. I love my Victoria Secrets sports bra, one of the best purchases on my recent trip to the US. And I'll let you into a little secret, somedays the effort of putting on the sports bra is way too much physical activity in my day. So sports bra on, I walk the dog to the letterbox which is a cars length from the house and saunter home and 'voila' that's my workout for the day!!!!
Wren x

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I wish you much success in your new venture. Summer days are sweet!

Barb said...

I'm a connoisseur of sports bras, having worn them for years. I wear them on a daily basis to garden, hike, bike, walk, ski, etc. You'll like yours and feel like a serious athlete just by putting it on! Good Luck on your exercise program.

Blackberry Lane said...

Hi Carol, I've never bought a sports bra. I can only imagine that I would have difficulty getting it on or off!!!
You are an inspiration with your exercise program.
Have a lovely weekend.

Mevely317 said...

Hmmmm...
I used to detest P.E. - probably on account the teacher/coach would yell at those of us less-than-coordinated souls; but this program "senior" program sounds interesting ... I'll have to see if there aren't similar programs out here.

'So glad to hear you're feeling great and able to walk so far, so consistently. Yea, you! :)