• Plus Size Sports Wear – Getting fit by 40 with JD Williams

    Over the Christmas break we bought a static bike to try and build up our fitness so when I was approached by JD Williams to try some of their Sports Wear I was super chuffed.

    I am turning 37 tomorrow and it means I have 3 years till I am 40 which is actually really on my mind. I think I want to make sure that by the time I am 40 I have done more to make sure I stay healthy.

    Let me make myself clear, exercising to get healthy does not equal weight loss. I believe you can be fat and fit. I always was when I was younger and it’s only now I am getting older I have noticed that I am starting to slow down.

    I struggle to walk at the moment as I have a bad foot and I find myself out of breath going up one flight of stairs. I want to avoid those things so half an hour on our new static bike will help to build up fitness and stamina.  Not only that, I truly believe that exercise is brilliant for mental health and for helping with sleep. At the moment I don’t sleep well and I can’t switch off. I have a very stressful and high octane job with deadline pressures all the time so I really want to exercise to wind down.

    I am by no mean sporty – I hated P.E. when I was a kid but I did it and it did do me good. I am also not a sports fan, apart from Ice Hockey (Let’s go Steelers!) so I never considered sports wear in my wardrobe.

    I chose 4 items.

    Pineapple jogging bottoms

    I haven’t taken photo’s of. The reason for this is they haven’t allowed for a booty and they are not suitable for exercise because of that. I can just get away with them as lounge wear.

    X Neck sports top

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    I LOVE this top – I love it. It’s a lovely sweatshirt material with long sleeves and thumb holes (don’t you just love these?) and a ruched detail on the shoulders.

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    There is a little zip on the bottom of the top at the back which is great for an inhaler (which I need) or your phone/ipod for music.

    I got this in a size 24 and it fits really nicely. I am a size 26 on my bottom and a 24 on top so it’s true to size.

    I paired it with the following.

    Sports High Waist Print Leggings

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    These are a size 20. I always size down in leggings as I have very slim ankles and they always have good stretch.

    The material is nice and light and like lycra leggings of old. The print I absolutely love, so much fun.

    My favourite thing about these are the hight waist. This makes them so comfortable and you know they are secure for cycling and potentially, yoga (I am definitely thinking about this now because of these).

    The final item I received was:

    Body Star Performance Full Zip Hood

    This doesn’t have a hood but I actually prefer that.

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    This I got in a 24 again, and it fits nicely.

    The thing I like about this is the back comes down a bit more than the front so if you are doing your exercise with too much enthusiasm you won’t bare your back and give yourself a chill or flash at anyone either.

    For me these have been a welcome addition to my wardrobe as I have certain goals (like I said at the beginning of the post) which I absolutely want to achieve and these will help me on my way for sure.

    Have you been wanting to do more exercise? Do you have any sports wear you love to wear? Have you checked out JD Williams Sports wear collection?

    If you wanted to see some other plus size sports wear blog posts check out the gorgeous Chloe in Curve .

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    1. January 19, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      i really like the designs on this – especially the leggings. I really need to get out of my confront zone with black everything for my fitness wear! ha x

      • admin
        January 19, 2018 / 9:14 pm

        Definitely worth going for something fun! I find it makes me really happy before I work out 🙂

    2. January 19, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      I have the same attitude towards fitness. I hated sports and pe growing up and don’t ever want to be skinny but I know I need to exercise more for my own health benefits. I do try to visit the gym occasionally though should try harder! I love the leggings and hoody.

    3. January 20, 2018 / 1:11 am

      I have to admit I thought you were a lot younger than that – I would have thought coming on 30!

      I love that JD Williams does a wide range of sports wear, I didn’t know that they did and I am totally going to have to check it out.

    4. January 20, 2018 / 6:46 am

      Happy Birthday dear, wishing you an incredible year and I am loving your sporting gear. I am not sporty either but I am making an effort this year to eat well and exercise a bit each day.
      I love JD Williams and their products

    5. January 20, 2018 / 6:48 am

      I do find decent plus size fitness wear can be tough to find so this looks great, although shame about the bottoms x

    6. January 20, 2018 / 10:33 am

      The full zipped hoody looks very stylish and would be great to keeping warm if working outside. Looks like a very good collection of clothing.

    7. January 20, 2018 / 5:29 pm

      that legging print is gorgeous! JD williams does some beautiful sports wear

    8. January 20, 2018 / 5:46 pm

      Oh I love JD William! I bought my mum some gorgeous outfits from there not long ago, she is a huge fan. it’s great they cater for all sizes!

    9. January 20, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Loving the active wear! I’m so happy that people look for providing people who are larger with stuff like this! Every time I go into gym stores they rarely sell larger sized clothes or they just don’t order as much in because they assume everyone who is fit and healthy is tiny! PS: you don’t look a day over 20! X

    10. January 21, 2018 / 10:29 am

      That looks like a great range of sportswear. I know what you mean about turning 40. I’ve just recently turned 41 and I’m still not happy about being in my 40s!

    11. January 21, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Urgh, I hate all sports and loathed PE as a child. I know I should really move more but it’s so hard to motivate myself. Good luck in your journey, love the sport wear!

      Katie xoxo

    12. January 21, 2018 / 11:41 am

      I love JD Williams for sportswear! I’m actually in need of some more so will be definitely heading over to pick up some bits.

    13. January 21, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      You picked some great pieces, shame about the Pineapple leggings. I really like the print on the High Waisted Leggings, I love having a bit of fun with gym wear and don’t go for plain pieces very often

    14. January 21, 2018 / 3:26 pm

      I love the top with thumb holes!!! It’s just so satisfying to keep your wrists all nice and snuggly warm! Those leggings look fantastic as well.

    15. January 21, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      Those leggings are so cool I love the pattern and colour scheme! I like the hoodie too, it looks so comfortable and cosy!

    16. January 21, 2018 / 8:13 pm

      Finding good quality sportswear in bigger sizes has always been a bug bear of mine … this range looks fab though! Those leggings are gorgeous!

    17. Helen
      January 21, 2018 / 10:08 pm

      It’s a shame the Pineapple bottoms weren’t suitable for exercising. I love the print of the leggings though and the sports top looks so soft and comfy. I really need some new gym clothes so will have to have a look at JD Williams

    18. January 22, 2018 / 12:51 pm

      You are the same age as my mummy! What a great thing to do before you hit 40 and my mummy would like to try this. We love the patterned legging and would wear those along with the hoodie x

    19. hannah
      January 23, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      I really like those leggings as they look really nice and colorful

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