Athletic Aesthetics + Workout Tips {Thrift Style Thursday}

Today’s Thrift Style Thursday post is all about athletic, and for me it means being in shape, and working out. That’s why I am sharing a post I wrote a couple months ago for Goodwill blog, here in Minnesota. You can check out the original here! Also my hair is still long in the pics, and guess what? I don’t miss it one bit!

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Can you really find workout clothes and gear at a thrift store? Can it really work? Will you be able to hit up your local gym in that attire? Find out what I thrifted, as well as a few tips and tricks for at home workouts! Having been a thrifter for over 10 years, I never even thought of thrifting for workout gear. Yes, there was an occasional sweatshirt that I would buy, but those were mainly for my DIY projects.

I am one of those people who works out at home, with an occasional run or some basketball in the driveway or park. But with a foot and a half of snow on the ground – at home it is.

During one of my latest thrift trips I went specifically looking for workout gear. Prepare to be amazed at what I found! Because I sure was. The new St Louis Park Goodwill is right next to a gym, so it was only natural for the cashier to ask me, if I was going to the gym next door after thrift shopping.

Workout wear

Reebok Sneakers, Charter Club sweat pants, two racer back tops, and two thermal tops – all for under $25!

Here are a few tips for working out at home: 

Find the right spot

Some rooms are too warm, and the extra heat can make you sick. Usually the basement works out the best. Another helpful tip is to have a fully carpeted room;  that way you won’t slip. This helps you avoid possible injuries.

Choose your workout

There are so many out there available, so how can you pick the right one? Think about how much time you have? Do you have 5 min, 10, 15, 30? Do you like yoga, pilates, cardio, high intensity interval? It’s recommended that you switch up your workout routine on a regular basis, I usually do cardio and high intensity intervals, with separate workouts targeting different body zones in between.

Take it outside

When the temperatures get warmer, take advantage of the many trails and parks we have in the Twin Cities. The chain of lakes is one of my favorite places to be. Seeing other runners and bikers definitely pushes me even more.

Buy thrifted

Shorts, tops, and other workout clothes can be pricey, but you can score some amazing tops and bottoms for under $10! And let’s be honest, we are all going to be sweating!

Have fun

Smile if you are working out at home; smiling releases tension. Think of it as a game. Don’t worry about what you look like. Enjoy your results. Celebrate. Don’t torture yourself, because in the end, it’s your body and your health!

Do you work out? What are some of your work out habits? Have you ever bought thrifted workout gear?

In other news:

I scored an amazing jacket at Old Navy yesterday for 98 cents! And got my 10 year green card in the mail. Overall, it was a good day! Now to find those overalls!

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For more #ThriftStyleThursday ideas and inspirations, check out

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista // sistasfromcali// Erika’s Style Diary