New year, new resolutions, new clothes! Or something like that… If you are starting a new workout routine or aim to spice up your old one, there is nothing like a new outfit to go with it. Sometimes if I wear something I don’t feel good in when working out, it affects my overall opinion of the activity. It is like getting dressed even when you are working from home vs. staying in your pajamas – dressing for the day (or activity) can get you in the right mindset to be productive and get the most out of it. It is about dressing for success so to speak, as my mother told me on my first day of my first job many years ago. There are so many companies specializing in workout gear, so I thought I would share some of my favorites, from top to bottom.
The jacket/long sleeve: when it comes to working out in the winter, one must have a good outer layer. My favorite to date is made by lululemon. Their silverescent technology (which is supposed to keep you smelling fresh during a workout) really does what it says, as proven by my husband, who really does wear the same shirt for multiple runs without offending the people around him. Here is one option similar to what I have, though mine is just a few years older.
The leggings: my husband likes to think I make a statement with my leggings, I more see it as just adding a little bit of spice to my outfit. Onzie’s style is unique and the fabric is super comfortable. Great for dance, but they can be a little slippery for yoga or Pilates. Target’s champion brand has started to make more fun leggings, which I have found great for any workout or just lounging around. Running leggings I am stumped on at the moment. I used to love lululemon for the pockets on the thighs, which would allow me to carry keys, my phone, a bag, whatever! But they have since abandoned that style. I recently purchased my first pair of Fabletics and am quite impressed, though have yet to try the running leggings. Anyone have any suggestions?
The sports bra: Oh, the thing we all want to be comfortable and support us, but generally is just uncomfortable. How many can actually do both? Nike has been my go to brand for years – whether it be running, yoga, Pilates, or dance.
Shoes: Shoes are a personal choice, and they are an investment. If you want to get new shoes or are thinking of switching shoes, I recommend going to a running store and having them size you. Try them all, run in the ones you like (outside or on a treadmill) and find ones that make you feel like you are running on air. Currently I have both Nike Free and Saucony Kinvara.
Care to get inspired? Born to Run is an incredible story about the bare foot running trend. This trend isn’t for everyone, but it did get me to think about running in a new way.
Any brand or style you are loving that isn’t mentioned? Please share!