Remember when “Dirty Chai” was the best thing since sliced bread? Well move over chai, there’s a new tea in town and many are hailing it as better quality caffeine than coffee with the health benefits of a smoothie. So what is it? Matcha.
Matcha is a form of green tea enjoyed for centuries in Japan and China. The powder form comes from the tea leaves that are all ground up. This means you don’t lose out on the nutrients by simply steeping the tea in hot water, because you are consuming the whole leaf! Did you know that matcha green tea powder has 137 times more antioxidants than a typically brewed cup of green tea? (source)
Experts celebrate matcha for its ability to help in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol as well as being jam packed with antioxidants such as polyphenols which naturally occur in plants that may help defend our bodies against cancer.
While matcha does contain caffeine, in my experience, it doesn’t have the same ‘crash’ that coffee or espresso can. It’s a slow and steady build that allows me to stay focused for hours. I would highly recommend trying it out and comparing how it feels compared to what you normally drink in the morning.
A word of caution, not all matchas are created equal. With any craze comes imposters (unfortunately) depending where they are grown and processed, certain matchas can contain traces of heavy metals or harmful chemicals. Be particularly careful with green tea grown in China that is not certified organic.
Matcha can be used in a variety of ways. A sprinkle on your morning oats, an ingredient in your smoothie, matcha-flavored ice cream, bake it in cookies, add it to your favorite icing for a nutrient punch, or simply drink as hot or iced tea mixed with your favorite milk.
This blog post is not medical advice. Please consult a licensed healthcare professional prior to changing anything in your current regimen.
We all have those days where we just want to throw in the towel and be done with it. Whether it's stress from work or sitting in traffic, chances are you're tired and working out is the last thing you want to do.
But the truth is that exercising will actually help you in the long run and will also help build your adaptability to stress over time. You can't go wrong with a little exercise!
The following is a workout you can do on those busier days. Whether it's five minutes in the morning, at lunch, or at night, carve out a little time whenever it works best for you and your body. What's great about this workout is that you don't need any equipment- just yourself! You will use your own body weight that targets all the major muscle groups for this quick workout. Got even more time? Repeat it again like a circuit!
5 Minute Total Body Workout
1. Jumping Jacks- 1 minute
We all know this one from grade school. Jump out into a Big X shape with your body and jump back to center. Great for a warm-up and keeping your coordination skills sharp!
2. Squats- 1 minute
Stand with your feet parallel just outside the hips. Bend the knees so they are in line with the toes, sinking the hips down. Press back up, squeezing the booty at the top.
3. Plank- 30 seconds
Come down onto the floor to a plank position. (The base of a push-up.) Place the hands under the shoulders and press back through the heels so the entire body is in one piece parallel to the floor. Lower to the knees to modify.
4. Tricep Push Ups- 30 seconds
From your plank, bend the elbows into the rib cage, so they point straight back. Lower the body down to hover above the floor in one piece, then press the ground away as you lift back up to a plank position.
5. Alternating Lunges- 1 minute
From standing, step one foot as far forward as you can, into a lunge position. Make sure the front knee remains stacked over the ankle. Squeeze the booty to work the seat muscles and hug the inner thighs into the center for balance. Step back to where you started and change sides repeatedly.
6. Bicycle Crunches- 1 minute
Lie down on your back and bend your knees into your chest. Carefully curl the head up with the hands delicately supporting the neck and head. Twist to the right and extend the left leg out, then change sides, twisting to the left, bending the left knee in and extending the right. Repeat.
There you go! You’ve done it. With this quick workout you have warmed up and activated our muscles all in five minutes. Nice work!
It happens to the best of us. When you feel a headache coming on, it's natural to reach for the closest bottle of pain reliever. But what do you do in the in between time, until you get that relief, or if you don’t want to take something? There are a ton of yoga poses that can help to relieve some of the tension and get you on the road to feeling better, I’ve listed some of my favorites, below.
Downward Facing Dog Pose
It is hard to not feel good. A migraine sufferer myself, I know what it's like to wish you could just will the pain away. Luckily, there are different things to try to provide some relief. Do you have favorite poses? Drop them below!
If you’ve been near a tv, magazine or social media, you’ve heard of Pure Barre. The barre workout sensation sweeping the nation with its blend of pilates and dance, a Zumba-sized trend if you will. Full of planks and leg lifts, it’s a good full body workout.
There are quite a few in my area I may have to try out and write a review! If you’ve tried Pure Barre please leave a comment below! This post is for the purpose of learning more about workout options, what’s out there, and to help you (and me!) decide if Pure Barre is something you want to try out.
From what I can tell every class is unique as instructors have the opportunity to create classes with unlimited flexibility and minimal structure.
And if you’re looking for more flexibility within your workout, perhaps you travel for work or keep odd hours and a consistent in person class regimen isn’t a great fit, Pure Barre has an answer for that as well with Pure Barre On Demand.
Great for the gal on the go, if you have internet access and a device you can do it anywhere. In your living room, hotel room, or on a friend’s patio the next girls night. Versatility is a great option in this fast-paced world we live in - that’s for sure!
Pure Barre is a great way to get your heart rate up and moving, however, if you’re looking for more than that such as significant weight loss, you may want to mix another workout into your weekly routine as well. Have you tried out Pure Barre? If so what did you think?
The vast number of essential oils on the market these days is straight overwhelming. And it’s important to remember that even if you’re not the meditating, yoga-practicing, bath-loving type, you still can find uses for these amazing smelling bottles of joy. Below I’ve listed the most versatile oils if you’re looking to dip your toes in and see what this oil stuff is all about, and bonus, they can be found just about anywhere.
This has to be one of my favorites because it smells so good and it works so hard! Tea tree oil is antifungal and antimicrobial, which makes it an all-purpose cleaning agent. I’m willing to bet you don’t have anything else at home that can clean your house and your body. For example--remember those lice treatments back in elementary school that fried your hair like an egg? My mom did some research and ended up keeping a bottle of tea tree oil in our bathroom and we started sprinkling it in with our shampoo. It kills lice and relieves dandruff naturally, plus - your hair won’t frizz up or lose its shine.
You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil into your mop bucket, use it to clean your grimy shower curtain, make a homemade yoga mat disinfectant, or even make your own toner to relieve acne. Please note: Tea tree oil should be diluted prior to use on the face or it may dry your skin out. My favorite combo? I love mixing it with witch hazel. Tea tree is a do-it-all oil, if you’re looking for an all-purpose oil, look no further.
You may have heard that peppermint oil works well on sore muscles. That’s why it is often called the perfect oil for athletes. Put a couple drops in a hot bath 24 hours post workout and soak the tension away. For sore, tired feet, add a few drops to a foot bath for a stress-melting pedicure.
Peppermint naturally contains menthol, which makes it great for relieving colds or sore throats. Did you know you can make your own all-natural vapor rub out of coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils? From relieving sore muscles to soothing sore throats, peppermint is the perfect winter essential oil.
If you live somewhere hot and humid, you probably have a bottle of bug spray in your house containing DEET, this stuff can be like acid to your skin. I once had a bottle of DEET spray bust in my suitcase, and it melted my earbuds. It was about that time that I realized something had to change. I found that eucalyptus can be used to make your own all-natural insect repellent.
There are also many other gentle oils that insects such as mosquitoes are naturally repelled by. Eucalyptus and citronella are the best and also smell fantastic. Your skin will love you, and plus, you won’t have to hold your breath when you spray that nasty bug spray. In addition to the above uses, eucalyptus can be used for cold and sore throat relief.
Other Assorted Oils for Home and Self-Care
What’s wonderful about essential oils is their naturally beautiful scents, so you can take your pick of whatever scent you like for whichever purpose you wish.
Here are a few more of my favorites for general aromatherapy:
Lavender: Soothes emotions and anxiety. Use it in your bath or during meditation, dab some on your yoga mat, or make a room spray to calm your mind before bed.
Ylang ylang: A sensual oil, diffuse or spray some in the bedroom!
Rosemary: Aids in mental clarity. Use a cotton ball to rub on your temples for concentration while studying, at work, or meditation.
Citrus oils: Such as grapefruit, orange, and lemon are refreshing and energizing. Use them for an energy boost at work or before exercising.
Of course, there are many essential oils and blends that would take us an entire book to discuss (in fact, there are books on this very topic, if you’re really interested). The handful listed here are perfect for making a home aromatherapy starter kit. See here for where to buy pure, quality, essential oils.
Please keep in mind that some oils may be harmful during pregnancy and for those with allergies or sensitive skin. In addition, several oils increase your sensitivity to UV rays. See here for a list of precautions to take when using oils.
Recently I joined a new gym and it seems like everyone there is working out with their own personal trainer! I find myself watching and wishing that I too had someone to coach me and push me to work hard at the gym. Too often I find myself shuffling through my music and wasting time between exercises, only to leave earlier than planned because, “eh, that’s good enough for today.” And that’s on the days that I even actually have the motivation or time to make it to the gym after work.
It seems like the simple solution would be to invest in a personal trainer. I have used a personal trainer before, and I knew that if I was paying for an actual appointment time with someone, I wouldn’t skip out on it. Plus, once I got there I would have meaningful workouts all preplanned for me. Sounds perfect, right? But wait, the six weeks of personal training I had was a gift, so I paid $0 for that, whereas now a personal trainer is extremely expensive! So... I found myself deciding whether a personal trainer was worth it and necessary for my fitness goals. The main perks of a personal trainer (at least for me) are: accountability, expertise, and companionship. So I found myself thinking of other ways to get those three attributes in a more frugal way.
A trainer keeps you accountable by not only having you attend set appointment times, but by checking in with you on your nutrition habits and keeping track of your fitness progress. He or she might have you keep a food journal that gets checked every week and if your goal is to lose weight you might do a weekly weight-in and your trainer would keep track of the stats, as well as other things like body fat percentage.
The simple solution here is to find a friend or family member with a desire to reach a fitness or health goal as well, and together, become accountability partners! Schedule set times to meet and work out together, keep and then check each other's food journals, have weekly weigh-ins, etc. The kicker here is you have to make sure that this person (and you) are serious about your goals so you don’t let each other skip out on a workout or not work hard enough at your scheduled meet-ups at the gym. If you can find a friend to keep you accountable then you’re all set and you don’t need to pay a trainer to do that!
Trainers know what they’re doing and can help you learn proper technique and form when doing exercises. This keeps you safe and helps you reach your goals more efficiently. This is hard to beat, and the biggest thing you pay for when getting a personal trainer. However, in this day and age of the Internet, it is indeed possible to learn these techniques in other ways. There are whole training videos free on Youtube that will show you exactly how to properly squat or curl or run or practice yoga. You can also find entire fitness plans spanning weeks and months on Pinterest and other websites that will help you so you are confident in knowing what to do when you go to the gym. All it takes is a little extra time and some diligent searching. And perhaps your accountability workout buddy has past experience exercise knowledge that will be a bonus!
Trainers can become quick friends when you are working with them consistently, and it can be nice to go to the gym with someone. Zoning in on your workout with music and pumping some iron has its place, but it doesn’t replace having someone to talk with as you workout. It makes those super tough leg days that much quicker when you have someone cheering you on. This is an easy fix from trainer to workout buddy, because your friend can do this encouragement for you for free! No need to pay someone to talk to you while you workout, when you can find a friend who you need to catch up with anyways to do it with you.
Instead of paying for a personal trainer, try finding a friend you can trust who can take your fitness goals seriously. If you have someone like that who can give you the accountability and companionship you need, and doesn’t mind searching the Internet with you for workout plans and techniques, then there really is no need to pay for a personal trainer. If you feel that you would like the help of an official expert, another option might be to pay for just a couple months of training and really take some good notes. After that you may be able to go it alone, or better yet, find that workout buddy and teach them everything you learned and expand upon it!
If a vigorous vinyasa practice is too stimulating in the evening, skip the flow and dive deep into a place where you can truly simmer down from your day. Yin and restorative yoga practices are excellent ways to combat insomnia and prepare your body and mind for sleep.
Try incorporating these yoga poses into your routine to help improve your sleep habits.
1. Extended Child’s Pose
A quintessential yoga pose, child’s pose is a great way to release pent-up stress from the day.
To perform this posture, come onto all fours (with your knees and hands on the floor). Bring your big toes together and open the knees wide. Press your hips back onto your heels and release your forehead to the ground. Keep your arms extended out in front of you.
Relax the muscles in your face, your mouth, your eyebrows and soften your jaw. Release any thoughts from your day and enjoy the present moment. Breathe deeply here for up to five minutes.
2. Reclined Butterfly
This juicy posture will open your hips and relax your mind. It has an overall calming effect that will make you feel good.
Lie on your back and bend your legs. Bring the soles of your feet together and open the knees wide to make a diamond shape with your legs. Rest the arms out to the sides or place them anywhere that feels comfortable. You could try one hand on the heart and one hand on the belly to connect to a deeper sense of self.
Use blocks underneath the knees if you need support. Remain here for 3-5 minutes.
3. Reclined Twist
Reclined twists are a wonderful, relaxing way to soothe tension in the lower back and hips while unwinding- literally- from the day. You can feel the stress melt away as you wring out the back, abdomen, and hips with this gentle twist.
From your back, bend both knees into your chest. Release the legs over to the right side and extend the arms open wide. Look over your left shoulder to complete the action of the twist.
Breathe deeply into your lower back and hips. Hold for 3 minutes.
4. Happy Baby
You are sure to sleep like a baby after a little soothing rocking back and forth in Happy Baby. It is a great way to open the hips, relax the lower back, and calm the mind.
Lying on your back, bend your knees into your chest and open them wide. Bring your arms inside the legs and hold onto your feet with your hands. Try to stack the feet over the knees and drop the knees outside the shoulders. Rock gently side to side as big or as small as you would like for a few moments. Then hold in the center by pressing your lower back down and lengthening your tailbone forward. Breathe for 1 minute here.
5. Legs Up the Wall
A very simple and easy inversion, Legs Up the Wall is a sure way to activate the parasympathetic nervous system for relaxation. All you have to do is to find wall and the let the rest of your day simply float away…
When you find your perfect wall space, scoot your hips as close to the wall as you can. Then, just extend your legs straight up into the air and let the wall support the backs of your legs! That’s all there is to it. The muscles of the legs, hips, and lower back will all thank you for your time spent here.
Spend 5-10 minutes here, enjoying your deep and soothing breath.
Your bed is calling, time to catch some much needed Zzzz. Do you have a favorite bedtime ritual? Share it below!
I make my candles with the finest essential oils supplied by Plant Guru, which uses only the purest ingredients. Choose one or more of your favorite scents – or experiment to find a new favorite – and create a soothing environment that lasts all day.
That is what my candles from Everyday Crafting can do for you. Choose from the scents below and put in your order today.
If you check Pinterest or any other blog or website out there, you’ll see countless people posting delicious recipes that attempt to alleviate the boredom of eating healthy food by adapting a traditionally unhealthy recipe to a healthy version. These recipes claim to be, for example—“just as good as Cinnabon, with half the fat and calories!” Or “This baked sweet potato fry recipe will have you ditching McDonald’s fries forever!”
Bleck—that’s not a big cheeseburger with fries and a sundae for dessert! If that’s what you assumed the meal would taste like, you will be dead wrong and very sad at the end of it. However, if you approach dinner by saying, “I am going to make a turkey burger with baked sweet potatoes on the side, and before bed I’ll have a serving of yogurt with some fresh fruit,” then you’ll do exactly that. You will meet your expectations, and you will successfully fuel your body with the appropriate foods.
Pounding temples, throbbing skull... you feel like a freight train just crashed into your head and there's no escape from the rummage.
Often this will stop you in your tracks. Stress, poor diet, dehydration, allergies- there could be any number of factors causing a massive headache. However, we may take a pill to ease the symptoms because we are unable to solve the root of the problem. Headaches are a signal that we either need to change something or add something to our body that we are missing.
Migraines are a debilitating condition that can put you down for the count. They are no joke and can affect every aspect of your life from work to home and everything in between. More than just a headache, nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision can all occur under the spell of a migraine.
Migraines are often a repetitive condition that come back to haunt you. You may turn to popping aspirin or other medications, but this is not a long-term solution.
So what can you do? Here are some natural, drug-free, alternatives to coping with out-of-this-world headaches.
The first line of action when you feel a migraine coming on is to make sure you are drinking enough water. Drink a big glass of water immediately. If you do not do so already, incorporate drinking water immediately when you wake up in the morning. This way, you are hydrating right away and creating a habit of drinking water. Also, make sure to eat plenty of water-containing fruits and vegetables throughout the day!
Essential oils such as lavender and peppermint can help reduce tension from a migraine. Most commonly inhaled or rubbed into the temples, the scent of these oils is what provides headache relief. While peppermint is cooling, lavender has a soothing smell that calms the mind.
Magnesium is a supplement you can take to reduce the severity of pain from your migraine. It is an essential nutrient in our diet, and if yours is lacking, headaches can be more common. Magnesium helps to block the chemicals which produce the pain response in the brain, so it can be quite an effective, yet unassuming remedy. It is recommended to take between 200-600 mg of magnesium daily. If you are unable to get this much from your diet, try a supplement instead.
Taking a hot soak in Epsom salts is one of the best stress and pain relievers out there! The hot water is soothing and relaxing, while the Epsom salts work to draw toxins out of the body. It is best to only soak for up to 20 minutes at a time because the benefits stop at that point.
Even if you don't feel like it, a little gentle movement in the neck, shoulders, and upper spine can feel miraculous when you're done. Sitting still for too long causes the body to seize up. Try stretching the head down and to either side to work out the neck as well as simply looking over one shoulder and the other to feel a twist through the upper back. If any of your migraines are causing muscular tension, these gentle stretches are sure to soothe me out.
Planning a vacation that involves long periods of sitting in a car? It's summertime and everyone wants to get escape on a little road trip. Summer is the time for adventure! But it can also take a toll on your body if you're not careful.
Sitting for long periods of time can put strain on the hip flexors in particular. This can, in turn, send a chain reaction of effects to the hips and lower. Ever wonder why your back hurts after sitting for so long? This is why.
Here are a few stretches you can take with you on the road to prevent this from happening. And what makes stretching so much better? Making sure you breathe into it (a little tip from yoga). Bonus: some of them you can do in the car- if you're a passenger, that is!
While typically done lying down, we can modify this for seated (in your car) or standing at a rest stop. The Figure 4 stretch targets the outer hip muscles, which are the external rotators. It helps to alleviate tension in the gluteal muscles and the deep piriformis.
To perform the Figure 4, simply cross one ankle over the opposite knee. If you're standing, make sure you have good footing and hold onto something for balance. From there, you can begin to fold over the legs. You will feel a deep stretch in the outer hip. Take at least 5 deep breaths here. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then try the other side.
Rag Doll Forward Fold
Again, this can be performed seated or standing. If seated, just make sure you have enough room to fold over. Or, if you're in your car, maybe have a pillow in front of you to rest your head on. This position is a great stretch for the lower back and hamstrings, which are chronically tight in many people, whether they are on a long road trip or not!
To do the Rag Doll, simply fold over your legs. The legs can be bent (if you're standing) and the back is rounded. Grab opposite elbows and sway side to side. Stay here for as long as you would like. This position is also very calming for the nervous system.
Twists are great ways to relieve lower back aches and pains from being sedentary. They also stimulate digestion, which can be helpful if you're eating outside your normal diet while traveling.
It is important to keep the hips square during any twist. You could do this in your car or even seated on a bench during a break for fresh air. So make sure your seat is firmly rooted and take a twist around the corner!
Start by twisting to the right first. Place your left hand on your right knee and use your right hand behind you to stabilize, like you are twisting toward it. Feel the center of the spine and the abdomen wrung out like a wet sponge. Take 5 deep breaths, then try the other side.
And here's the stretch that your tight hip flexors will thank you for! You will need to do this one outside. Don't be shy about stretching- maybe you will help someone by showing them how to better take care of their bodies!
If you struggle with your balance, you may want something to hold onto. Starting with the right foot forward, step your left foot back behind you. Bend the right knee so that the knee stacks over the ankle. It is very important to keep this alignment to prevent knee injuries and stretch the body appropriately- don't let the knee move toward the toes!
Press through the back heel and engage the quadriceps by lifting the back knee away from the ground. The hips remain square and the stretch will be in the left hip flexors. Stay for 5 breaths and then try the other side.
With help from Lindsay Calvert.
If you’re like me, you’ve practiced so much self-care that you’re pretty much a bubble bath and tea pairing expert.
Yet still, you feel you need something deeper.
You know you’re supposed to meditate every day or do yoga or something like that. You know that you “should” take time for yourself, because you’ve heard it all before: self-care equals lower blood pressure, more energy, a better outlook on life, and the list goes on and on.
But where are the articles upon articles telling you where you’re actually supposed to start? Or how to make space for a meaningful routine in your hectic life, in a way that’s beneficial for you?
Even though you take time to wind down every night (or whenever you can), you still rush out the door the very next morning, you still get sucked down into the whirlwind of anxiety, and you still feel frazzled and beat by the time you collapse into bed at night. I know it sounds familiar. This is what most of our daily lives look like.
Humans are not built to run on constant, 24/7 anxiety– yet unfortunately, that is exactly what many of our careers and obligations have molded us into. And we often need more than a hot bath, green tea, or a deep breathing exercise to change that.
Why are these scientifically-proven self-care strategies not “working”? Why does the morning meditation not leave us feeling centered for the rest of the day like it’s supposed to?
It’s not because we’re just bad at it or because we’re doing it wrong.
It’s because self-care shouldn’t feel like a chore.
I, too, have a terrible habit of reading articles like this one, then beating myself up when I forget all about that meditation I was supposed to do the very next morning.
It shouldn’t be something you scratch off your to-do list every night and then forget about every other minute of the day.
Self-care isn’t something you do once a day. It’s something you live by.
It’s a mindset.
What I propose is slow, mindful, loving change. Change that goes beyond breathing and stretching and hot baths.
Here are a few ways to get into the self-care mindset, along with a couple of ways you can make small, meaningful changes, right now.
Make it Personal
Here’s another reason I won’t simply present you with a list of relaxation techniques: everything does not work for everyone, and that’s exactly how it should be.
You can define self-care for yourself, and by yourself. You don’t have to worry if you’re “doing it right”.
This is especially true if you practice yoga or meditate: it’s as much (or more) about exploring and listening to what you feel in your body than it is about nailing the pose, or entering into a state of zen and bliss. The exploration is the meditative state, and that’s what makes it so tricky and elusive.
How to make a change now: Start writing it down. Get a pen and paper and ask yourself, what would caring for myself look like for me, today? Don’t think too much about what you’re writing, trust what naturally comes out, and you’ll find that the answer will come to you.
I struggled with caring for myself for a while because I failed to allow myself to change from day to day. I would find something that worked great for me one day, write it all down in my journal, create a whole step-by-step daily plan, and when I tried to follow it the very next day, I’d get discouraged when it didn’t feel right anymore.
Coming up with a plan and writing it down is, of course, a great step to developing a routine, and you have already done so much for yourself if you’ve done so.
However, once again, you have to make it personal: this means not only finding what works for you, but finding what works today. Your needs will change from one day to the next. This is totally normal, and a big part of self-care is continuing to show up as things shift, and saying, what do I need today?
How to make a change now: Be present by not thinking about it too much. Once again, trust what you feel, and don’t over-analyze what you think you “should” be doing. Your body knows what it needs, so let it, and not your mind, guide you into what feels right today.
Give Yourself a Break
Don’t beat yourself up if you skip it or if you totally forget it. You can’t stress yourself into being relaxed and centered, but for some reason, our brains still like to punish us for the little things: “Why did I skip my yoga this morning? Now I’m going to be on edge all day. This is why I’m so stressed all the time. I don’t have enough discipline to stick to a simple routine.”
See how this can end up pushing us even further away from meaningful self-care?
Again, self-care isn’t a task that we check off the list every day. It’s a way of being. That includes the way you talk to yourself throughout your day, and allowing yourself to be imperfect is one of the best self-care values you can begin to adopt.
And pay attention to this, because if you’re pressuring yourself to complete a self-care routine, then you’re probably pressuring yourself too much in the other areas of your life, too.
Be aware of where your mind goes, and you can learn so much about how you unconsciously keep yourself in the cycle of anxiety.
(But don’t beat yourself up about it!)
The truth is, it’s so easy to get swept up into our usual routine. Humans are creatures of habit, and so if you can’t seem to make changes in your daily life and you’re constantly a ball of stress– guess what? You’re normal.
Change isn’t easy to stick to, and that’s okay. It also takes time to begin to feel lasting benefits. With time, patience, and practice, you will begin to carve out space for it in your day. You’ll get better and better at listening to your needs. And you’ll begin to feel that stress slowly and gently melting away.
With help from Taylor Blanchard.
Long gone are the days of old baggy t-shirts, cut up white tank tops and rolled up cheerleading shorts and here to stay (hopefully) is the era of super fabulous athletic and athleisure fashions.
If you’re on a budget, as most of us are, it can be difficult (and downright painful) to shell out $198 on a pair of pants you’ll be sweating in. Fear not! You can look like a million bucks at the gym, in the studio or at the grocery store without spending a million bucks.
Whether you’re interested in high-waisted or low-waisted, leggings or capris, read on for a compilation of some of the best workout pants you can purchase on a budget!
Old Navy: Mid-Rise Go-Dry Mesh-Panel Compression Capris
Mesh is all the rage right now, and why shouldn’t it be? It’s incredibly trendy and functional (breathable) and works for the gym, but easily transitions into everyday wear as well. These come in navy, emerald, black (pictured) and hot pink and, thanks to the “Extra 10% off Everything” sale going on right now, you can own all four for just over $100 (plus tax and shipping) and earn $40 in Super Cash redeemable June 3-11.
Target: C9 Champion Freedom Lattice Cutout Capri
It doesn't get much more trendy than a lattice cutout. This design allows you to show a little leg while leaving a little to the imagination. These moisture-wicking capris with a hidden waistband pocket come in both black and heather gray and cost just $24.99.
Athleta: Power UP ⅞ Tight
These pants check two seasonal trend boxes being army green and high-waisted. Both styles seem to be popping up in stores everywhere this season. This style is a little bit retro (but great for keeping everything tucked in nice and tight) and this color is both a little bit classic and a little bit edgy and pairs great with black, navy blue and gray. If you’re shopping at Athleta, you can expect to pay around $90 for a pair of tights, but if you’re bargain hunting, click the sale tab and you can find these and many others for as low as $24.97.
JCPenney: Jockey Jersey Workout Capris
There is no hard and fast rule that workout pants need to be boring and you can’t go wrong with a super loud patterned pant. These wild prints are working their way into closets everywhere because they’re so fun. How can you not feel good about acing a hard sweat sesh (or just heading out to brunch) in pants that look like this? These come in Coral Frost (left), and Icy Teal (right), and, at 20% off, ring in at $27.99 before tax!
TJMaxx: VOGO Floral Print Side Cut Out Capris
In a fairly new development, you can shop online at TJMaxx (though it appears that styles and sizes are limited). The above VOGO capris, only available in large at the above link, combine a few of the trends we’ve already discussed: bold prints, cut outs and a high waist. Don’t be afraid to try them all, simultaneously! In this case, more is more! You’re sure to feel good and turn heads with this outrageous style that costs just $14.99 before shipping and tax! If you’ve got the time though, you should go in and browse the racks at TJMaxx in person; you just about can’t beat the cost and variety of name-brand athletic wear found in the store.
Will these styles work for you? Where do you like to bargain shop for fitness gear? Share your opinions in the comments!
With help from Abbey Harris.