Athleisure makes getting exercise more convenient

Work-life balance is easier when you don’t need a wardrobe change
Feb 14, 2019 · Catherine Poslusny
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Over the past few years, especially in states like California, we’ve placed a renewed emphasis on healthy living, and we’re proud of it. However, time is one of the top reasons that people don’t exercise as frequently as they should, and many of us are left searching for more convenient and accessible ways to add physical activity to our lives. According to the CDC, only 23% of U.S. women and 27% of men (PDF, 844KB) get enough aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise each week. 

If you work, a helpful solution is performance wear for the office. Athleisure clothing is athletic wear that is both stylish and comfortable, and it can make you feel equally at home in a boardroom or in a yoga studio.

Don’t let wrinkle-prone pants or blazers keep you from taking the stairs instead of the elevator, enjoying a brisk walk during your lunch break, or practicing a short yoga flow before an important meeting.

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Nancy Taylor, former head of design at Athleta in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, says, “… we marry the fashion and performance together in giving our customer a more versatile product.” The idea is that activewear for the workplace allows you to integrate physical activity seamlessly into your everyday life.

“The more versatile your clothes can be, the simpler your life can be,” said Nancy Green, CEO of Athleta, in an interview with the Huffington Post. “That’s fundamentally important to what we call ‘performance lifestyle’ or what other people call ‘athleisure.’ Styling is just as important as the function, versatility, and performance.”

What amount of exercise is optimal?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that healthy adults get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. A 2017 study published in the Lancet medical journal found that exercising at least 750 minutes per week – or one to two hours each day – is the optimal amount of physical activity to lower your risk of heart disease and death. According to the study, people who did 750 minutes or more of brisk walking or equivalent exercise each week reduced their risk of death by 36%.

That may sound overwhelming, or even impossible, but we’re not talking about 750 minutes a week of sprints and push-ups. There are plenty of ways to get active that don’t involve waking up at the crack of dawn for a pre-work trip to the gym. (Although if that sounds fun to you, then go for it!) Any amount of physical activity – no matter how small – counts, and short bursts of exercise throughout the day can really add up. 

Weaving physical activity into your daily life can take away the stress of planning your workouts in advance. You can go seamlessly from working, to working out, and back again. Be creative in your quest to lead an active life and, in the words of Nancy Green in her Huffington Post interview, “Protect your health and wellness first, take care of others, and then take on the world.”

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