If you guys read my Road to Recovery post last week, you’ll know how much of a devotee to The Dailey Method I’ve become – while recovering from my back injury, I really struggled to find something that was back-safe while also keeping up my strength and tone. I’ve definitely found a new fitness home (in addition to swimming – more stories about how you can hit the pool too son!) and in turn, a new fitness wardrobe. While I used to dress more for high-impact and high-intensity workouts (think running, spin, weight training, etc), I’m now all about taking looks from barre to the streets, and I’ve got the tips for you to do the same today!
Photos by Alicia Fashionista
While there’s always a warm-up with my go-to (the Dailey Barre class), it’s pretty low impact. Still, I’m large-chested so I gotta strap them down with a supportive sports bra (this Chantelle one has been awesome) or at the very least, a supportive shelf bra in a tank.
Since I’m a bit more limited when it comes to tops/sports bras, what I really like to play around with is the leggings! I’ve recently been introduced to local label Public Myth and can’t get enough of these leggings – as I mentioned in my birthday post, while I have this weird complex about showing off my figure in day-to-day style, I feel like when you’re working out, you might as well put it out there a bit more since what you’re working on is, well…your body! Public Myth really nails that fine line between sexy and sophisticated, with lots of great mesh or sheer details and paneling.
Something to cover up with (I love this Joe Fresh jacket but have been wearing my Paper Label wrap a lot too) and grippy socks and you’re set!
One thing I’ve been loving about doing barre more is that while I usually remained red in the face for an hour and 100% needed a shower after most of my workouts before, you can kind of get away with just washing your face, reapplying deodorant and then getting on with your day (unless you get Jen or Stephanie, then you absolutely need to shower – always sweat in their classes!). Of course, I really miss my more vigorous cardio and training, but I’ve never been as sore the next day as from my Dailey classes – you might not pour sweat in each class but you will absolutely feel it the next day!
As I continue to recover, I can’t wait to share even more fitness, wellness and health content with you – I have lots planned and I can’t stress enough how good it feels to be getting back to that after being set back with my injury! And on that note, I was so moved and surprised by how many people reached out as I shared my recovery journey with stories of their own injuries. Anyone who’s dealt with injury knows how devastating it can be to not just your training and fitness, but your mental health too. I’m so excited to share more of my recovery-specific stories, tips and tricks too in the hopes that if you’re dealing with this or have dealt with it, it helps in some way – stay tuned! And of course, if there’s anything you want me to cover, just shoot me an email!