Name: Meg Brady
Major: Fashion Design
Hometown: Geneva, IL
What she’s wearing:
We all know winters at Marist to be two things: Very long and extremely cold. Some days that wind is so bitter, it makes it hard to even leave your bed and get dressed, never mind get outside and go for a run. So this week, HC sat down with design major and member of the Cross Country and Track teams, Megan Brady, to discuss winter workout style.
HC: What is your go-to piece for a winter workout?
MB: Funky, printed leggings! Any workout pants that are patterned or brightly colored are super fun. Not to mention keep you warm!
HC: Where do you shop for your workout gear?
MB: You don’t need to drop hundreds of dollars at Lululemon to get workout clothes that are both practical and trendy. Marshall’s is my top pick! It’s the perfect place to get everything you need for both function and fashion.
HC: As both a design major and an athlete, do you find that these two passions tend to blend together?
MB: Absolutely! I definitely think my fashion tastes influence my workout style. Plus, athleisure is extremely trendy right now. There’s a lot of crossover between everyday wear and athletic wear. It’s easy to incorporate fashion into your fitness gear, and conversely to add sporty elements to your daily leisure wear.
HC: A lot of people tend to shy away from an outdoor workout in the gloomy, bitter weather. What do you think are the benefits of running outside during the winter?
MB: Running outside in bad [or non-ideal] conditions builds your mental capacity. It’ll be harder than running in nice, spring weather, but you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished more. Fighting different environments will make you a stronger runner and developing a steady running habit now in the cold weather will make you more likely to stick to your routine in warmer weather. Plus, getting away from the stuffy gym and being outside will be a breath of fresh air, literally!
HC: Any advice to help people stick to their New Year’s resolutions and get outside to get in shape?
MB: Use your cool workout clothes as an incentive. When you look great, you’ll feel great, and you’ll be much more inclined to put those new white Nike’s to the test!