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Fellow Baby Boomers: What Message am I Missing?

OK, I decided to brave the heat this morning and take another trip to the Duke Trail. For those of you who don’t know, this is the place where the REAL exercise warriors go. It’s a rugged three-plus mile course, complete with it’s version of Heartbreak Hill. Trust me, by the time you make it up that hill, SOMETHING IS DEFINITELY BROKEN!!!

Anyway, just as I was preparing for my workout, here comes a fellow baby boomer looking like she just came from a make-up session at Nordstrom’s. AND it was the SAME WOMAN I saw on the trail earlier this week. Her face was completely done up in make-up again! She smiled as our eyes met. She looked beautiful with her matching outfit and there wasn’t one drop of sweat anywhere that I could see. I wanted to ask her what was the deal with the face-paint but just kept on walking.

Is there a new trend among baby boomer women that has us working out looking our best from head to toe? I had a similar encounter when I went to the gym yesterday. A fellow boomer was also wearing make-up and was completely color coordinated right down to her tennis shoes. Are my beat up shorts and non-matching T-shirt no longer acceptable? Oh, and let’s not even talk about my hair. If you saw me, you’d think I had just been in a fight!

Well, I don’t know what’s going on with some of these blooming boomers but I can tell you one thing for sure, it’ll be a cold day in hell before you see me walking that trail in make-up....but I will try to dress a little better though :)


Rhea said…
I agree, it seems odd to work out in makeup. Maybe she's trying to meet someone new.
Carine said…
make-up? please, spare me. I just walked(okay, it's still a hobble)Sunshine a mile and sweat like the proverbial pig from the pain. Can't imagine adding foundation, mascara and eye shadow to that mix.
info said…
I am an image consultant, I think that there is a happy medium when working out. If you have a comfortable and fun outfit, it can actually make you feel like working out more! However, the full on makeup part is a bit strange. A swipe of lipstick and touch of blush is about the most you should wear. If your hair is back in a ponytail with a cap, that is fine. I like to twist it up with clips in differnt fun ways or tie it up with a colorful bandana. Warning, some women are sporting pig tails! Thats just such a big No No, for mature gals.

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