In high school, I was a badass. I was a member of the winter conditioning team, which consisted of long runs outside, braving both snow and rocky terrain. I know what y’all are thinking – that is absolutely not something I would voluntarily sign up for. Did I forgot to mention that we got a free hoodie? See, it’s all making sense now.
Since those cold blustery days in Groton, Massachusetts, I have tried countless workout plans. Billy Blanks and I were besties, I toyed with becoming a Zumba instructor for a hot minute and I once almost died at hot yoga class. True story. Since I can remember, I have been on the search for a workout that I loved and could motivate myself to get up and do. Consistently. The pull of the couch, fuzzy blankets and cheese fries is STRONG y’all. As you know, a good beat and a killer wardrobe are two of my greatest inspirations. Enter Spotify and Nike.
A few months ago, while I sat on the floor of my apartment attempting to delay my inevitable morning run, I watched an advertisement released by Nike. I was mesmerized. The ad features the ultimate Indian girl squad doing what they love – playing sports. Each girl featured embodies such fierceness and it is impossible to ignore the passion they have for the art of sport and movement. I was struck by how powerful and simply put, badass, each athlete was and it ignited something in me. Damn it Nike, you’ve done it again. WATCH IT HERE & TRY NOT TO BE INSPIRED.
I don’t think anyone would describe me as an athlete. Hand-eye coordination is not really my thing and when I was encouraged to play sports in high school, I stuck to things like the step team (Stomp the Yard perfectly captures my unrealized dream of winning a national step championship and I am fully convinced that I would have gotten there had I kept with it), the dance team and crew – because anyone can row a boat, right?! Because I never quite found what I was good at, nothing really stuck and I gave up on trying to be an athlete. But, after I watched this video and saw these girls fight and work relentlessly to get stronger and be better than they were the day before, I realized that being an athlete simply means getting up and moving. Every day. Without fail. Just try.
So, I peeled my lazy butt off the floor, laced up my shoes and quickly added this song to my Workout Twerkout playlist. Every morning when I listen to it during my warm-up, I remind myself to push myself and GO HARD. Major key alert. Don’t count me out as an athlete just yet y’all! Let’s just take a moment to focus on how to look fresh to death while achieving your full athletic potential shall we?
Every now and again, Nike has a crazy sale on their outerwear. I know it doesn’t reach tundra-like temperatures in Houston, Texas but I am ALWAYS cold so when I saw this comfortable zip up on their website, I knew I needed it in my life. AND, it has a hood – I am a sucker for all things hoodie. If I could, I would wear them all day every day. Ro has a similar affinity for hoodies and chose to rock one on our second date – I knew then that we were soul mates.
I am also into the whole monotone neutral look so these grey-tone New Balances were right up my alley – if you look closely, you’ll notice they sparkle. Even if you’re not into the morning workout, these will make you get up and get to work. PROMISE. High-waisted leggings should be in your closet already – they are literally a godsend and if you don’t already have a few pairs, you are really missing out on the wonders of life.
Quick recap – listen to this song, lace up your new kicks tight, pull up your leggings, tighten your ponytail and GO. Let’s do it together.