Advice to "throw out your ratty sweats" by Amy Brayfield in the May/June 2006 Arthritis Today, could have been written with me in mind. We don't like to admit it, but significant physical changes gradually occur as seniors progress past middle age. Most of the changes have to do with body proportion and function, but we still want to look good. Now you can find interesting workout outfits that are attractive enough to be seen in public no matter what you are trying to cover up.
Today's women have more choices when it comes to exercising, and of course we all want to have the right clothing for each and every activity. If you are doing yoga, tai chi, or walking you will want clothing that is soft and stretchy so that it moves easily with your body. If you are churning out the miles on an exercise bike, elliptical trainer or treadmill you will need things that are snug enough not to get caught on the equipment.
Many healthy exercisers aren't petite, and that is okay. The average American woman wears size 16 rather than size 6, and they shouldn't have to hide themselves in "ratty sweats" in order to feel good about themselves.
A few companies are starting to recognize that plus size women want to look fashionable too. Women today are more health conscious than ever before, and finding attractive workout clothing may be just the stimulus that they need to help them reach their health goals.
Danskin (www.danskin.com) puts out a line of plus sized Activewear that is comfortable and good enough to wear throughout your day, if you are so inclined. Champion (found at Target and through www.target.com) and Junonia (www.junonia.com) are leaders in the field of exercise clothing for real women.