Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Antsy Pants

Let's talk about workout pants. I am having a major problem and I really don't know what to do. The situation is as follows: 

Lucy has been my go-to for workout pants for a couple of years now, although I have gotten a few items from Target and Lululemon and some other places. I typically like a capri length, black pant. Fairly tight, but maybe flared at the bottom. Not necessarily tights if you know what I mean. For the most part, all the pants I've had have served me well. 

Here's my problem though. Lately, whenever I run, like really book it doing intervals, or go to kickboxing and we do lots of jumping jacks, or do any other high impact cardio, my pants fall down. They just sort of slowly creep downward to this area right above my lady parts, and then I have to reach back down and hike them up. And the things is, this happens with pretty much any pair I have. It happens with an old stretched out pair of Lucy pants. A brand new pair that is relatively tight. A pair of actual running tights (actually it seems worse with this pair that is meant to be extremely tight-fitting). A pair of wind pants. Everything! It's kind of like that rolling-down pantyhose phenomenon, if you know what I mean. 

I know what the problem is. It's my belly. I've always thought my extra weight was pretty evenly distributed, but if I really look at myself, I do have quite a bit of extra jiggle in my tummy area. And when I'm really moving, I guess that part of me just wiggles right out of my pants. And I do NOT like that. I am not like my teeney tiny instructor, whose pants only come up about three inches below her belly button but it doesn't matter because her stomach is so perfectly flat. I guess I am an old lady but I need the support of a waistband around my belly.

I don't know what to do. I don't know if I should start buying pants a size too small? Or is there a brand I haven't found that is going to be my savior? What do the girls on the Biggest Loser wear? I mean, it's not like I'm asking for anything outrageous here. Just a good pair of size L workout pants that won't drop when I'm jab jab crossing!  


My 3 Month Challenge said...

Hi there :> I have a similar problem with workout pants, especially if they're full length. It happens to a pair of full length, foldover yoga pants which has gotten semi-lose around the stomache area, and another pair of gym pants that need to be tied up.

My solution is that I've switched to actual tights/leggings (either full-length of capri-length), with a semi-tight, elastic waist. Then I wear short shorts to cover up a little bit so I don't have to worry about anything. It also makes your legs look slimmer. Plus you don't have to worry about stepping over your pants and tripping. And it's light, and easy to move around with. Also accommodates with dance classes, kickboxing, yoga, etc., since it's so easy to move around with :>

Jess said...

I don't know what to tell you? Maybe pants with a drawstring that you can tie nice and tight?