The gym that I go to is, conveniently enough, located at my office building. This means two things:
1. There's no real excuse for not exercising every day. And yet...I still don't do it. Every day, that is.
2. When I do get into the gym, I'm sweating and panting next to the very same people that I will later be sitting across from in a meeting.
There's nothing I can do about how red I get in the face after 25 minutes on the elliptical machine, or that sweat tends to visibly pool right underneath my sports bra. But I can make sure that my workout clothes are so adorable that no one even notices anything else.
JC Penney has a really great selection of plus size exercise gear. I can't get enough of this little outfit: The SJB Active French Terry Jacket, Tee and Bermuda Short are all available in plus sizes and come in three colors: turquoise, cafe' brown, and rouge violet. The shorts are long enough to eliminate the whole "shorts creep up, you try to discreetly yank them down without missing a beat on the treadmill." And a short-sleeved jacket is perfect for tossing on over a tank or sweaty tee before heading out to your car. I learned that lesson once when I bolted from the gym in just a tank and bumped into one of my department's directors. It was...uncomfortable. The Active Colorblock Tee, available up to size 3X, is more stylish than the typical plain old workout tee. So cute.
I played soccer back in the day, in no small part because of the cool gear. While strutting around in shin guards is no longer the height of cool for this girl, I still love (love!) an iconic soccer brand - Puma. Do not even try to tell me that Puma's Easy Rider III shoes would not make you walk faster, jump higher, and look better doing it.
And because a gym bag is the ultimate accessory, coming or going, I love the very functional Fitness Workout Bag. With enough pockets to hold all your exercise essentials (including a separate pocket for your smelly tennis shoes), this bag looks good and lends gym street-cred. If there is such a thing.
Photo credits: JCPenney.com; Puma.com