Thursday, 18 February 2016

Health: Exercise, Support and Boobs.

Content Warning: I am going to discuss exercise and fat bodies within this piece. 

As a confident, happy fat bodied woman, I always feel the mere mention of exercise can trigger some pretty interesting, sometimes upsetting and misunderstood conversation. So today I'm going to discuss fitness, bodies and sports bra's! 

So firstly, I am going to put this out there straight away. You can exercise without wanting lose weight. You can exercise for fun, for escape, to alleviate health problems. 

For me personally it's all three. I genuinely love exercising, I might not be the best at it, the fastest, the most accomplished, but I do like being active. It is indeed an escape from my daily pressures, from work, uni and being a wife and a mum. In the gym I'm just Becky, sweaty, chubby Becky. And lastly, it helps alleviate some of the symptoms of my bi-polar, it gives me headspace to relax, switch my brain off and focus on nothing but the thud of my feet on the treadmill. But what I will also say is, it took me a long time to get to the point where I felt well enough (brain wise) and confident enough to exercise. Anyone who tells you to exercise when you're in the depths of depression and/or anxiety are deluded. It takes time to get to a place where it can then be prescribed as a complimentary therapy. 

Serious gym face.

I'm not exercising to be the best me (I try and be that every day). I'm not trying to reach a goal. I don't intend on feeling any pain in the pursuit of gain. You are wonderful regardless of exercise and don't let anyone tell you or guilt you into feeling different. 

So, this is a very convoluted way of me talking about a sports bra, I know. But the guys at Panache and their award winning sports bra have always supported me and my boobs and it is so important to look after your breasts when embarking on any active pursuit, from a brisk walk or hike to a full on game of netball or an aerobics class for example. 

Last year I entered into the Race for Life and Panache were kind enough back then to send me a bra which served my boobs very well. I even made a vlog which you can watch below... 

And today I'm wearing the black version of this bra. They are the same style, but just in a different colour way, so I thought it would be useful to share the video, and some of the new pics of the bra. 

A huge thank you again to Panache for always having my back...and my front haha! So if you do fancy getting out there, please remember, do it for you, do it for fun, do it supported! 

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**This bra was sent to me for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own**


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