I am getting a workout standing here talking to you, I say. I am standing inside a party room at a movie theater. Moments before, the dad of the birthday girl offered me a chair. My friend gestured for me to take it, but I declined, pointing to my pants. Why? Because I am wearing special leggings with resistance bands built in. Every step I take gives me a workout and helps me build muscle. They are made by a startup, one of the owners is a fencing Olympic medalist. That is so cool, my friend says. And then? She starts talking about her new business venture and how she would love for me to get involved with it.
When is your United Nations speech? my friend asks. In two weeks, I reply. That is why I am wearing these pants, because I need to get in shape. I have a series of events to attend beginning in March, and I need to step up my diet and exercise so I look good. The timing could not be better to receive these pants because I don’t get as much exercise in NYC winter as in summer.
Fitness is a constant challenge. For the last ten years, my workout routine has consisted of lifting toddlers and taking them for long walks. Each winter, I gain weight and lose muscle. Each summer, I grow lean, fit and tanned. So when I saw a Kickstarter campaign for my friend’s company pop up on my social media feed, I was intrigued. And the more I read? The more I knew I had to try a pair of resistance leggings.
Today, I wore my Physiclo pants for the first time. And the result? After a day of normal weekend activity, my legs are aching.
Kathy Zucker is an international social media Shorty Award winner, mother of three and a startup founder at companies including the Metro Moms Network®.