Tonight at 8pm the BBC airs The Truth About Getting Fit. As a Fitbit addict, I shall be watching. My own exercise regimes have changed over the years. I used to cycle a lot; now the bike languishes in the shed. I ran half marathons, then stopped running. I bought an energetic dog and found that three walks a day were mandatory. I left my corporate job and started running again. I swear by custom made orthotics. I have dreadful stiffness in my joints and every day berate myself for not doing more yoga or any yoga. I spend long amounts of time sat at a desk.
Any of this sound familiar?!
I have opinions on active wear for women and the unisex shops that sell them. A few top of my head thoughts:
- Try to find a female member of staff.
- Take a quick look at the floor space devoted to men’s activewear. Then walk down into the gloomy basement to find the women’s section, crammed in a corner behind a pillar.
- What is it with bubble gum pink?
- Sizing range. Close to non-existent. Extra-large is my go-to and I don’t think I’m extra large.
- Decent fabrics and seam finishes count. I know all about chafing and sweating.
So, I’ve been very interested to follow Melissa Fehr‘s journey in writing Sew Your Own Activewear. Melissa is hugely inspiring with her own marathon-worthy exercise regime and has encouraged me in my own erratic journeys around fitness. She was even kind enough to teach my mum how to sew fitness jerseys at The Great British Sewing Bee Live!
The book uses four basic blocks to supply patterns for 15 items . I’m most interested in the raglan tee for running (or sleepwear), the yoga pants, and I fancy sewing running pants with actual pockets. The winter base layer is really cute and all the photos are fab – is that Hampstead Heath I spy?
There are great tips on needles, hems, seams and fitness fabrics. And I don’t think I spied a single shade of bubble gum pink in the entire book.
The #thisgirlcan campaign has been brilliant for showing that anyone can exercise, and now this book shows that anyone can sew their own active wear.
Both exercise and sewing are brilliant for a person’s mental health. If you want to feel really good about yourself, why not do both?