SKINS have been around for pretty much as long as I can remember. They were invented in 1996 by an Aussie skiier who wanted to live the dream (i.e work all day and party all night) and be able to wake up the next day and do it all over again. He started with the basic knowledge that improved blood circulation meant more oxygen to the muscles, ensuring they could work harder for longer and recover faster and – after consulting with NASA and a range of other experts – SKINS were born….
Compression gear has come along way since I bought my first pair of (extremely high-waisted and very unflattering) Skins about a decade ago. But one thing that doesn’t seem to have changed too much is the price – it’s hard to find a pair floating around that won’t set you back upwards of $130. I live in my gym clothes, so on a cost per wear basis I could probably spend my life savings on a pair of tights and still come out ahead, but for many people that’s not the case. Which is why I think some of you will be pretty excited to know that I’ve found somewhere that you can snag a decent pair of compressions for under $70….
I don’t want to jinx this run of great weather, but it really does feel like spring is in the air. And while most normal people will be looking forward to digging out their cute skirts and summer maxi dresses, it’s my running shorts and racer-back singlet tops that I can’t wait to get into.
I have a confession to make. Despite all my good intentions, I did not manage to fit either a run or a circuit session in today. I know, I know, I’m as disappointed in myself as you are. Actually I’m not really. The thing is, Sunday exercise is a bit of a bonus session to me. I try to make sure I’m never reliant on it because let’s face it – it’s the day I’m most likely to get caught up with other more pressing items like seeing friends, having brunch, sleeping and shopping.
Sometimes the right sportswear can make all the difference to your training. There’s nothing worse than sports bras that chafe, tights that wear holes in unfortunate places or shoes that give you blisters – and we all know that in the depths of winter, any excuse is a good one to stay in bed. Lucky for you I’ve got a little sportwear obsession – I’m the kind of girl that goes out to buy a dress and comes home with a new pair of tights and three singlets instead. In fact, I’ve probably owned more pieces of sportswear than you’ve had hot dinners and today that comes in handy because I’m going to share my winter favourites with you. You’re welcome.