It took a long time for me to un-do the childhood trauma of feeling like I was a failure at physical activity because my body was bigger than that of my peers. It took an even longer time for me to learn to love all the ways my body was capable of moving, feeling strong, and challenging itself. That shift in my mentality towards exercise allowed me to really center my work-outs as part of my overall approach to wellness and mental health. While there's a lot of cultural framing of workouts as a means of losing weight, I wish the focus was instead on how much moving our bodies can impact our moods in a positive way.
When I signed up for ClassPass a few years ago, I didn't expect that it would introduce me to so many new ways to work out, and help me find the workout that made me feel my absolute best - Barre. If I had only paid attention to the dominant conversations around barre method and boutique fitness, I would have assumed it was not for me, but the truth is that it's accessible to all kinds of body shapes (and if there are positions that don't work for you or your body, there are simple modifications you can make)
Knowing which activewear lines work for your body is also a great way to instill confidence in yourself and in your workout routine. This is why I’m a huge fan of lucy Activewear’s Extended Sizes line that offers performance favorites in XS-3X. The fit, tailoring, and attention to detail in all the pieces (like savvy hidden pockets at the back of the leggings, great seaming alongside the torsos on their tops, and ultra-comfortable fabrics in a great selection of prints and colors) make their pieces especially exciting. I fell in love with lucy's constellation print, which comes in their fan-favorite Studio Hatha Leggings (great for yoga, barre, spinning, or a lazy Sunday) as well as tees and tanks, and the fit and quality of lucy’s material make staying active that much easier. Not to mention, you can easily go from spin class to the local farmers market in these stylish pieces. Chic.
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