Shoppin’ for a Sports Bra

I really mean to do some running this year and I’ve got my gym bag all ready with my running shoes and gear but I still needed a sports bra.

The only sports bra I’ve tried is the Nike Women’s Dri-Fit High Shape Sports Bra (L) in XL.

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It’s a compression-type sports bra, which meant that your boobs are flattened to reduce movement. The Nike sports bra felt very comfortable although I found the band a bit loose. I may return to try on the L size.

In the end, the only sports bra available in Malaysia was Moving Comfort Women’s Juno Bra, Black, 36DD (US$60), which I bought online.

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How’s Moving Comfort Juno?
My favourite features are:
a) the design and the fit
b) the adjustable straps
c) the rib band, which fits me well without chafing or suffocating me.

However, the moulded cups aren’t that great that I end up with the “uni-boob” situation, which can be quite unflattering and uncomfortable 😛

Other brands like Anita Maximum/Extreme Control, Freya Active and Wacoal had high votes on Amazon:

Reading up on a few running sites, I discover that I should look out for brands like Moving Comfort (Maia) and Enell:

Here are the running/fitness and shopping sites I checked out for tips on sports bras:
Runners’ World
DailyHiit
Ruun
Women’s Health

Looking out for more sports bras!

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Clinique’s Skincare System

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On this *hot* Sunday morning, I decided to clear out my make-up and skincare bags to do an inventory check.

You’ll find that I’m a Clinique and Body Shop fan – Guerlain were gifts, Lancome was a promotional buy and Benefit was an impulse buy! Sigh…

In my 30s, I had combination skin with an oily T-zone and dry cheeks but now that I’m in 40s, I find that my skin needs more hydration.

While I’m doing OK with the Clinique range of skincare, I’m interested to try other brands that may be better for my skin, especially in terms of ingredients.

Hubby always remarks: “You’re so particular about your food but look at all the chemicals you’re applying on your skin!” -_- He has a good point though.

Are you a Clinique fan too? What alternative brands would work just as well on combination-dry Asian skin? I’d love to hear about it. [click to continue…]

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Home Workout Routine #1

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I am SUPER happy because on April 15 (Friday) evening, I managed to do:

a) a set of sun salutations – with the kids 🙂
Initially, my boy was reluctant to join in but after a lot of coaxing, he joined in and actually found it fun coz he said, “I can remember the steps now!”

b) three different types of squats and lunges

I found a video of a lady doing 3 types of squats on Instagram and just did sets of 10.

c) 10 minutes of core exercises
d) 10 minutes of arm exercises with weights
e) 10 minutes of upper body exercises with weights and

f) finally, the half-plank pose for 20 seconds?
Of all the above exercises, the half-plank was the most fascinating because I remember seeing a yogi doing the ultimate plank, which was to support his entire body using just his two hands.

Anyway, I was shaking on my first try (as expected) but I felt good being able to hold a “push up” position on my elbows. I’ll try doing it every day until I can sustain it for 30 seconds and do the other variations.

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