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Moving to California really changed my perspective on health and fitness. Previously, I subscribed to the “eat reasonably and just don’t sit on your butt all day” way of life–which I thought was reasonable. But California is full of national parks, hiking trails, and amazing beaches that (unlike my hot and humid hometown in Louisiana) almost always have incredible weather which inspires you to be outside.
There is a culture of wellness here unlike anything I have previously experienced. It is definitely a sort of ‘positive’ peer pressure. While there is always pressure to look great here there is even more of an emphasis on feeling great and taking care of yourself. Being that I’m a mom of 2 kids (granted – I only had one of those the good old-fashioned way) and Southern girl who just can’t seem to give up her dessert, I’m never going to be a size 0. Nor do I have any plans to be. I love my body and am proud of the efforts I make and have made, especially over the past 3 years, to keep it healthy.
I’ll be totally honest – I still don’t love working out – but I sure do love the way I feel after my workout is finished! I like to set goals for myself with rewards for reaching milestones–for instance if I work out 20 days in a month then I treat myself to a new set of workout clothes!
Unfortunately for my wallet, workout gear is insanely expensive. Pants can run as high as 80 or 90 dollars a pair – with tops easily costing in the $50 range. When Walmart approached me and asked if I wanted to check out the newest line of workout gear from Avia at Walmart, I was more than intrigued. Then my intrigue turned to excitement when I saw the phenomenal pricing–hold on to your (overly pricey) yoga pants because the entire outfit above only cost me a grand total of $23. For both pieces. Together.
The top that I’m wearing is the Avia Women’s Performance Singlet Knit Tank, and it retails for $7.98. It is a moisture wicking fabric and comes in 5 great colors. I especially love the banded detailing on the back. I prefer my workout clothes to be snug, and I normally wear a medium. I am wearing the shirt in a size medium here, but I think in the future I will buy it in a small – so depending on the fit that you prefer you might choose to purchase a size down.
I loved that the color of the top matched the detailing on the Avia Women’s Performance Capri Pants, which retail for $14.86. The pants are also made of a moisture-wicking fabric, and I loved the hidden pocket detail in the waistband so that I can keep my car key or a bit of cash with me if I head out for a run. I also found that the fit was a bit more roomy than I am used to, but I would probably stick with this size because I’m a bit more hipalicious than most people.
After we took these photos I took these babies on a run at the gym and they held up exceptionally well. They also washed well and I have worn them again since then with no problems. My only complaint is that the material is a bit thin so it doesn’t compress as much as I’m used to, however it’s the perfect weight for summer. So, if you’re in Walmart and in the market for some new workout gear, be sure to check this line from Avia out!