Maybe Wearing ‘Activewear’ will Help Me Stay Active

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If I’m really honest with myself, I don’t like to exercise. Well, that’s not entirely true. I love to dance, which is technically exercise, but getting up the desire to move my body is almost always a challenge. Still, I know I need to do it and I always feel better afterward, so I’ve had to get creative about my motivation.

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Walmart has an awesome selection of very affordable activewear, so when they offered me an opportunity to try some of it, I figured that buying an outfit or two specifically designed for exercise would help me get up and go. Or at least that’s what I told myself.

I picked up a few pieces from the Danskin Now brand: The Performance Heather t-shirt, running shorts (which will become dancing shorts, cause I ain’t running), and a couple of seamless sports bras. (aff)

Speaking of sports bras, I have a real love-hate relationship with them. As a busty woman, they are absolutely essential for any kind of exercise. However, it is really difficult to find ones that fit well. Meaning snug enough to keep me secure though not too tight, because when they are too loose, everything breaks loose — literally.

The Danskin Now seamless sports bras are incredibly soft and comfortable, but the caveat is that the bands on the bottom are just not quite snug enough for me. They’re fine when I’m lifting weights or doing other resistance exercise, but during high-energy cardio like Zumba that involves a lot of jumping around and movement, I found myself having to constantly push up the bottom band to keep it in place. Trust me when I say that Zumba is the ultimate test of any sports bra, so while I’ll keep the Danskin bras for lighter workout days, I’ll have to find another option for intense cardio.

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The t-shirt, however, is all kinds of awesome. The fabric is loose and comfortable, and it doesn’t stick when you sweat. Which Zumba will make you do. A lot. It was nice to wear something that kept my skin cool.

The shorts have pros and cons. On the pro side, they’re very comfortable and well-made. On the con side, they’re really short, and I have…ummm…large thighs. On me, they tended to ride up a bit. Not optimal while working out. I wound up wearing them over leggings so I could wear them lower on my waist. So while I was really impressed that the shorts were available up to size XXL, I think I’ll be better off with longer pants or leggings for both cardio and resistance workouts.

Overall, the quality of the items was nice, particularly given that they cost $5.96, $6.96 and $9.94 respectively, and there were lots of other options available in the same price range. However, I should have taken the time to head to the fitting room to find the items that fit best on my body. I’ll be going back to grab some more of the t-shirts and try some of the longer Danskin pants, because now that working out is a regular part of my routine, I’ll need them.

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received a product sample and compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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