Mind you, I'm not a newcomer to the workout scene. This is my 186th comeback in six months. Since my offspring arrived, I've retired from the sport of "workout" more times than Don Allensworth has run for office. Let's face it, working moms have more excuses to cut workout class than an eighth-grader has reasons to miss a geography test.
Each time I re-enter the workout world, the clothing style changes. I had to buy new workout clothes because I looked a bit weird stepping to rap music wearing tights and terry cloth shorts. Today's trend involves a close-fitting, skimpy two-piece outfit that resembles a multi-colored thigh-length girdle and bra that binds your upper body like a sports bandage. Shoes? We're not even gonna go there!
And, don't forget the water bottle. You're just not doing "it," if you don't have a water bottle.
Skip the mirror
There is a payoff for sweating in tight-fitting clothes and drinking out of a water bottle. It really does make you feel like a lifeguard on "Bay Watch" at least until you look in the mirror. That's when you realize you have to go out and buy more clothes (at least a few sizes larger to hide the lumps) and return to exercise class for more sweating and water drinking.
The professionals in the health-care and recreational industries profess that the real benefits of exercising include improved alertness, stress reduction, decreased health-care costs, enhanced self-esteem, even longer life.
It must be true. Ask Herald-Mail's Tim Rowland. He's been spotted flexing his pecs recently at Hagerstown Junior College's Wellness Center.
Hey Tim, see you on "Bay Watch."
Jo Ellen Barnhart is the working mother of three boys. She is a freelance writer and owner of a home-based marketing and public relations business.