Is Your New Year's Resolution What I Think It Is?

I think it’s safe to say that the New Year’s resolution topping most of our lists is to get in shape. I only have one question: Is your wardrobe ready?



Happy New Year, everyone! As the excitement and mayhem of the holiday season finally draws to a close and we all brace ourselves for the uncertainty of the next 12 months, hopefully most of us are entering into 2009 with optimistic plans for a fresh beginning, a chance to start over... and an earnest attempt to tackle those New Year’s Resolutions.

While I may not be speaking to all of you, I think it’s safe to say that one of the New Year’s resolutions topping most of our lists is to get in shape, start working out, hit the gym, or however else you want to put it. In essence, most of us have made it a point to put some effort into bringing those dastardly exercise plans to fruition. If I’m talking to you, I have one question: Is your wardrobe ready?

Since joining my fitness club a few months back, I’ve begun to notice a whole new world of fashion: fitness fashion. Though I’ve always been an active girl, whether it was playing sports in high school, or dragging myself to the university field house in college to put in some time on the Elliptical, my Soffe shorts and weathered sorority T-shirts always seemed perfectly acceptable attire for what I was there for — namely to sweat all over said clothing. But lo and behold, would you know there’s actually an entire sector of the fashion industry claimed by the fitness culture? As it turns out, there happens to be a rather serious level of fashion — and Lycra — going on when in comes to workout gear. From tops and pants, to fancy headgear, accessories for your iPod, and an ever-ending supply of sparkly sneakers, the people running the show at these “active attire” chains certainly have thought of everything.

So, not to be shown up by the contortionist girl on the yoga mat next to me at my Monday night Vinyasa Yoga session, I hit up the nearby American Apparel store and began building my fitness gear empire. Now with my stacks of spandex, Lycra, and other high tech, supernatural stretchy material, I breeze through my workout looking just the part of the exercise pro the other fitness freaks hopefully mistake me to be.

Although I’ve always viewed exercising as an activity that didn’t exactly require time and effort for planning outfits, now that I’ve caved to the pressures of high (fitness) society, fashionable gym clothing does seem to have its up sides. For one, I personally feel more motivated to get to the gym when there’s a cute outfit in the locker waiting for me. (Perhaps it’s kind of similar to that concept of “dress for success”?) Also, investing in, say, a high quality pair of sneakers really does ease the pain that comes along with extensive sessions on the treadmill.

So where do you stand? Are you sticking with your good ol’ mesh shorts and favorite T-shirt from the local school fundraiser? Or will you be strutting your stuff up that Stairmaster in the trendiest gear to hit the shelves at the Sports Authority? If that’s the case, there are plenty of Valley shops offering a whole range of exercise gear and equipment that’s sure to bring out the Michael Phelps in even the most unlikely among us.
 

The Sports Authority

161 Washington Ave.
Albany
518-869-4490

221 Wade Rd. Ext.
Latham
518-782-7192

Hudson Valley Mall
1165 Ulster Ave.
Kingston
845-336-0630

Palisades Center
2272 Palisades Ctr. Dr.
West Nyack
845-348-8853

 

 
 

Modell's Sporting Goods

23 Centre Dr.
Central Valley
845-783-1886

110 Rockland Plaza
Nanuet
845-624-6700

Poughkeepsie Galleria
2600 South Rd.
Poughkeepsie
845-473-1700

Palisades Center
2543 Palisades Ctr. Dr.
West Nyack
845-348-9800

Hudson Valley Mall
1300 Ulster Ave.
Kingston
845-336-0170

470 Rte. 211 E.
Middletown
845-342-8636

  

 

 


 

 
 
Foot Locker

Colonie Center
131 Colonie Ctr.
Albany
518-438-1271

Newburgh Mall
1401 Rte. 300
Newburgh
845-566-9063

Hudson Valley Mall
1300 Ulster Ave.
Kingston

Palisades Center
2543 Palisades Center Dr.
West Nyack
845-353-2436

 

 
 
 

Champs Sports

Colonie Center
353 Colonie Ctr.
Albany
518-438-3128

Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Rd.
Albany
518-464-1053

Newburgh Mall
1401 Rte. 300
Newburgh
845-566-1392

Palisades Center
3750 Palisades Center Dr.
West Nyack
845-353-9831

 

 
 
 

Finish Line

Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Rd.
Albany
518-862-4282

Hudson Valley Mall
1300 Ulster Ave.
Kingston
845-336-8102

Poughkeepsie Galleria
2001 South Rd.
Poughkeepsie
845-296-0408

Galleria at Crystal Run
1 Galleria Dr.
Middletown
845-692-0813

 

 

 

GapBody

Palisades Center
2520 Palisades Ctr. Dr.
West Nyack
845-348-0061

Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Rd.
Albany
518-456-4173

Jefferson Valley Mall
650 Lee Blvd.
Yorktown Heights
914-245-6586

 

 

 

EMS 

Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Ave.
Albany
518-482-0088

The Climbing School & Gear Shop
3124 Rtes. 44/55
Gardiner
845-255-3280

66 Rockland Plaza
Rte. 59
Nanuet

845-623-5282

Spackenkill Plaza
2521 South Rd.
Poughkeepsie
845-463-3207

 

 

 
 

Other Stores

Dick's Sporting Goods
Hudson Valley Mall
1300 Ulster Ave.
Kingston
845-382-2151

 

Peak Performance Sports
184 Main St.
New Paltz
845-255-8200

 

Cabin Fever Outfitters
6423 Montgomery St., Ste. 1
Rhinebeck
845-876-6005

 

Against All Odds
Poughkeepsie Galleria
2001 South Rd.
Poughkeepsie
845-297-2180

Mountain Tops
144 Main St.
Beacon

NorthFace
The Westchester
125 Westchester Ave.
White Plains
914-644-1750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Liz Stein

Liz Stein
New York, NY


A native of Rockland County, Assistant Editor Liz Stein has had a passion for both writing and shopping since before Clueless came out on video, and is thrilled that she can combine the two in her blog, Valley Vogue. In her free time, Liz enjoys reading, cooking, learning Spanish, (dreaming of) traveling, playing the violin, and brushing up on her French, for when she ultimately moves back to France (where the shopping is très bon!). Her favorite stores include, but are not limited to: H&M, Anthropologie, Zara, Guess, BCBG, Urban Outfitters, Sephora, and Nordstrom.

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