The gyms are packed and there are more early morning risers out on my running route this time of year. In order to brave the cold and stay safe in the dark, you need cold-weather gear and activewear with reflective detailing.
While a white vest initially seemed an impractical Christmas gift (I’m messy and I have 3 kids with “jam hands”), the reflective qualities are keeping me safe on my predawn runs around the city. Plus, the pockets and snug fit keep my keys and cell phone handy, without being bulky or uncomfortable. My gloves keep my hands protected from frost bite, but also have relective material along the back. Finally, in addition to brightly colored clothing, wearing a head lamp (always a great idea – especially since I took a spill on uneven pavement earlier this year) or a blinking wrist or ankle band can also be important to draw attention to your presence on dark streets.
I’ve finally joined the “pedometer craze” when I received a Fitbit for Christmas. I’m trying not to get caught up in the competitive aspect; therefore, I haven’t joined any groups (which the app allows by accessing your address book and Facebook friends). Instead, I simply want to be aware of my activity level throughout the day. I would consider myself to be a fairly active person – I work out regularly and don’t work at a desk all day; however, I am surprised how difficult it can be to reach a goal of 10,000 steps each day. Thus far, it’s been a good reminder to walk to the park rather than drive and to take the stairs more often.
Happy Friday! I’ve returned from an early morning at the Lululemon sample sale here in Seattle. Activewear is all the rage early in the new year – but if wearing something comfortable and cute motivates you out of bed or simply out of your comfort zone and fulfills your resolutions, I am all in!
Thanks for reading. Enjoy a terrific weekend! ~Jenn
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