Thursday, April 28, 2011

FBFF ~ Fitness & Fashion

Katy over at ModlyChic, is the founder of Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday {FBFF}. Each week, Katy puts some thought provoking questions together and emails them to us. On Friday we all post our responses. It's s a fun, diverse and creative blog community! If you're interested in being a part of this fabulous group, head over to Katy's FBFF page for details!

wearing- Nike navy tempo shorts, Nike top, Nike dri fit sportsbra
Fitness & Fashion
1. Do you keep some kind of fitness routine? Why?
Yes, I do! My parents started me in swimming when I was a baby and gymnastics at 6 years. I have kept my own routine outside of my sport consistently since about 9 or 10 years of age. Currently, I am going through a medical condition - detailed here - and my dr. is unable to clear me for exercise until it's resolved *sad face* However, normally I lift about 5 days a week and do cardio 6 days a week. My cardio workouts vary. Usually including 1 or 2 long {up to 90 minutes} runs a week, high intensity {intervals or stairs} 2-3 days a week, and some power yoga and other miscellaneous cardio workouts mixed in. I stretch and do abs 6-7 days a week. I am still stretching and doing abs right now.
Reasons why I work out:
  • being fit keeps me feeling energized
  • being fit helps me manage stress
  • being fit keeps me accountable to eat clean
  • being fit is good for my body physically
  • working out helps get me out of a bad mood
  • being fit makes me feel good about my body

2. Has working out, maybe training for a marathon or something of that nature, helped with your own perception of body image?
Working out absolutely helps with my body image!! When I am working out regularly I struggle significantly less with body image than when I am not. To be honest, since my doctor has recommended physical inactivity for me, I have been struggling more than usual with this. Like most women, I have my share of days where I feel "blah" about my body. Usually I am able to get over those quickly by getting even a quick, light workout in. Right now, since I don't think working out against doctor's orders are worth it, I am getting more creative with managing those feelings. It's a good opportunity to learn how to value myself for reasons other than what my body is capable of or looks like. I have to focus on the ways I can serve and love others, growing in my relationship with God, and valuing the many other strengths I have that are unrelated to my physique.

3. When you are hitting the gym or just going out for a long walk what do you wear? Is it about functionality or fashion?
When I run I usually wear Nike Tempo* shorts. I have been wearing those for workouts for years! They are light and comfortable. I sometimes run in running tights as well. Yoga pants are another favorite of mine. I wear those of course, for running, but also some of my lifting workouts. I also have some little cotton shorts that I've had since high school!! They are so comfortable and fit so perfectly that I just can't get rid of them! I usually wear those for at-home workouts, though.

tempo shorts
*tempos are so comfortable to run/workout in. However, you can always find them on sale! Don't ever buy them at full price! Whenever I need some, I just Google them, and some site always has them at a discount. Right now you can find them cheaper here.

I have to say both functionality and fashion are important to me when I'm working out. I don't have to match perfectly or anything, but I do like my exercise attire to coordinate most of the time. I would say if I had to choose one, functionality would win though. I tend to do some intense workouts, so I would rather mismatch than be uncomfortable for miles and miles of running!

4. Do you feel there is a cultural perception of what you ‘should’ be doing for your own physical fitness?
I feel like there is definitely a cultural perception of what I should look like physically. However, our culture in America overall, is disturbingly sedentary and unhealthy. We have one of the laziest cultures in the world {1/3 of the US population is obese and the leading cause of death here is heart disease}, and our eating habits are terrible. I mean, have you noticed how expensive it is to buy REAL food at the grocery store?!? Given that information, the cultural perception of what you should be doing doesn't seem to be much. Which is interesting when you think about what our culture says a woman, or a man, should look like. The two are quite contradictory.

5.  Dream big… what would be your ultimate fitness goal.
My dream is to run a marathon. I certainly have the drive and physical fitness to do it, but my knees will not allow me to. I have had bad knees for years and after running several miles, I have to cross train for at least a week for them to recover. Sometimes it's even difficult to walk after one of those runs. I am not sure my knees would make it through. I have thought about doing a triathalon instead. 

If you are interested in fitness, or have never been but would like some motivation and tips to get started, please come back for Fit Tuesdays! Each week I post something fitness related on Tuesday {to see past Fit Tuesday posts go here}. I love to get reader requests for these posts, so if you have a request or question, go ahead and email me: krystlesstyle[at]gmail[dot]com, or  Formspring me, and I will get back to you!

 Now I want to hear from YOU:
Are you satisfied with your current fitness status? 
Are there some goals you would like to reach?


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  1. I would like abs like yours...Can you tell me how to make that happen? Haha

  2. My husband has the same condition that you do and it has really gotten him down lately. They actually did a cath on him though and he came back clean as a whistle, he just has hypertension. Ugh!

    I love your blog-what's the likelihood you could do a Fit Tuesday post on a good low-impact workout? I too have bad knees (and some other stuff) that make high intensity workouts challenging. That might be a great way for me to get back into a routine!

  3. I agree with most of your answers. Working out just makes me feel better about my body and life in general too :)

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  4. I was really looking forward to your post on this topic and you do not disappoint. Amazing you have been working out since you were 10yrs old! Good job! I know how frustrating it is to want to workout when your Dr. says "no" - hang in there.
    Happy Friend Friday!

  5. I had that same issue but I started working to gain weight. Go with weight lifting. It will tone you up and actually add to your frame in a positive way. Been there, done that! It works!

  6. There's definitely a strenuous relationship between physical fitness and the way we should look. I guess it all boils down to knowing your body needs and taking care of it the best way we know how. Hoping you get to run that marathon one day.

  7. Thanks for the tip :)

  8. I think that you and I are Nike sisters. I always wear head-to-toe Nike. Fo shiz.
    I love your take on working out. You have such a positive attitude toward everything. :)
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  9. I'm glad to see how much you workout. I knew you worked out but I didn't know to what extent. I'm sorry you aren't doing that now. I know how it is. Required rest days are the worst. I just posted my FF answers but the post before that is about my knee.

  10. Hey!! I have that issue too! And before this health problem I have ran tons!! Cardio is so good for your heart, and as black women we are already predisposed to heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. So, in order not to lose, just FUEL your workouts!! I agree about lifting more, however, that will also increase our metabolism as you build muscle. So you still have to fuel. Don't just bulk up on jumk food, just fuel up on healthy snacks and maybe eat another meal closer to bedtime. When I'm workin out hard, I eat essentially 2 dinners to maintain my weight. Email me if you would like more details on this. :)

  11. See my reply to SimplyChic above, it might be helpful to you as well. :)

  12. I would LOVE TO!! I have some great ones for you!! I will add that to my list! Thanks for asking this!! :)

    I hope your husband's hypertension gets better soon!! It is really hard! They just added a second medication for me! :(

  13. Sure!! I can definitely help with that! In short, combine cardio with abs exercises! That helps burn any excess fat and build the muscles! I will do a strictly abs Fit Tuesday just for you, soon! :)
    I have been working my abs consistently for literally about 16 years! I'm 28. So it defintiely doesnt happen overnight!

  14. Doesn't it?! That's why I push it!! I want everyone to experience fitness in their lives!! :)

  15. Ahhh!! Thank you!! This made my day!! That's so sweet!! :) *huge smile* It is frustrating, but it's so fun to still be able to talk about it through the blog! I love inspiring others and I love hearing that you all are working hard!! It keeps me sane when I am unable to. :) Thanks for commenting!!

  16. there really is!! Thank you!! I hope so too!!

  17. Thank you for the kind words, Bonnie!!

    Yes, Nike gear really is!! Haha!! :)

  18. Yes, it's really difficult, but I love that I am still able to discuss this with all of you!! Fitness is an important topic!!

    I will check out your blog later when I get home! I was curious about your answers. Thanks for posting the link! :)

  19. Great answers!!! And seriously, REAL food is so, SO expensive!!! We ration fruit in my kids would eat ALL the blueberries in one sitting if I let them.

  20. Isn't it terrible!?? So sad that you could buy them sugary fruit snacks for half the price of a couple pounds of apples!! Awful. Good for you for feeding them FOOD, even if you have to ration. ;)

  21. It's really enjoyable to read your answers for this post! I think Nike has great workout clothing. (especially the tanks, & yoga wear, which I love!)

    I have a workout that is specifically for my body. I'm allergic to certain foods, (which is how I became vegetarian), difficult at first to figure out what type of routine was best for me, but it was alot easier to embrace after I found what worked best for me!


  22. Wonderful answers, girlie!!! Food is terribly expensive. Scott & I sometimes have to choose between food or gas depending on our paychecks. So uncool.

  23. Sounds like you have a very intense exercise regimen! Sometimes I'd like to be more intense about my work outs, but I don't always feel like it, and if I don't feel like it I'm miserable while I do it. But I can be happy with 3-4 times a week. I'm actually looking to update my workout wardrobe, so I'll check out those Nike shorts!


    PS, you can check out my FBFF answers here:

  24. Yes, check them out!! And maybe you could find a workout that's fun for you!! there's absolutely something for everyone!! And when you're workin' it with something you love and get those endorphins going, you'll have a total high when you're done!! DO IT!! :) Let me know or email me if you need help with suggestions. I would love to help you find something!!
    Also, like I said on another comment, as black women we are more genetically predisposed to diabetes, heart disease, hypertension. It is critical that you have good cardiovascular health!! That's the public health promoter in me! :)

  25. Thanks, Kirstin!! yes, food kills me!! I make organic food a priority and I often spend more on food than clothes in a month! So sad!! Haha!

  26. Thank you for your kind words!! Yes, Nike does have great stuff and you can pretty much always find it on sale. I never buy Nike gear at regular price! :)
    Totally!! I was just replying to a comment telling someone that they just need to find an activity that they ENJOY, then it will be easier to workout consistently. There's totally something for everyone!

  27. I love your answers here, and am so glad I found your blog! I love how you combine fashion and fitness.
    I too, find that exercise helps me manage stress. Today I had a particularly trying morning, but felt a lot better after going for a run.
    Thanks for commenting on my blog, too!

  28. Thank you, Melanie!!

    Good job running off your stress!

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