With the New Year right around the corner, it’s time to step up your workouts along with your fitness style! For many of us, figuring out what to wear to the gym can be a huge frustration. This daunting task alone can be a deterrent from wanting to join a gym or try a new fitness class. After all, part of the reason we’re going to the gym in the first place is to look better! But, finding athletic clothes that are comfortable, flattering and versatile shouldn’t prevent us from getting in shape and making healthy choices. So, we’ve put together a list of a few simple workout essentials that are stylish and functional for working out and living on the go.
BumBum Bacana Honeycomb Leggings: These leggings first gained the attention of fitness gurus on Instagram and have been growing in popularity ever since. The honeycomb-inspired texture offers a unique twist on the classic workout leggings. These leggings look great at the gym and for all your after-gym errands thanks to BumBum Bacana’s founder, Bianca Lynn, who set out to create a functional and fashionable line of fitness apparel with a Brazilian flare. www.bumbumbacana.com
Lululemon Bang Buster Headband: This is hands-down one of the best athletic headbands for any hair type. Lululemon’s extra wide headband keeps your hair and sweat out of your face with a barely there feel. The Bang Buster Headband is great for running Gator mountains (or running stadiums for all the non-Gainesvillians) or indoor yoga. The extra material also makes it convenient to pull over your ears on those cool, early morning runs. www.lululemon.com
Under Armour Fly-By Leggings: You can usually depend on Under Armour’s leggings to be durable, fashionable, and — most importantly — not see-through! These muscle-boosting compression-fit leggings are no exception as they eliminate extra heat while you work up a sweat. The Fly-By Leggings are designed to reflect any type of light, whether it’s sunlight or the not-so-forgiving gym lights, while also keeping you covered. Additionally, the Gator color scheme makes these leggings fashionable even when you’re not working out. www.underarmour.com
Nike Legend V-Neck T-Shirt: Nike’s Legend athletic T-shirt is ideal for those who are looking for a comfortable fit shirt that’s not too loose, nor too tight. The Nike Dri-Fit technology whisks sweat away even during the heaviest of workouts, leaving you with minimal sweat marks (believe me, I can attest to this!). These shirts come in a plethora of colors and are reasonably priced. www.dickssportinggoods.com
Victoria’s Secret Incredible Sports Bra: These sport bras may be one of the most fashionable and durable sports bras on the market. The Incredible Bra comes in a variety of colors that look seamless under a T-shirt while providing maximum support. The charming design is also great for runners who prefer wearing only a sports bra and shorts on their long treks. Either way, this bra will keep you cool and dry from the gym to the streets. www.victoriassecret.com
Gaiam Grippy Yoga Socks and Gloves: This sock and glove set offers slip-resistant performance for practicing yoga and Pilates. Those of us with sweaty palms and feet can enjoy the same toe-wiggling freedom of being barefoot and the slip-free security of gripping the mat. As someone who suffers from hyperhidrosis, Gaiam makes it possible for me to participate in Pilates and yoga without the worry of slipping or leaving little sweat puddles. www.gaiam.com
Polar Loop Activity Tracker: The Loop Activity Tracker stands apart from other bracelet activity trackers because of the in-depth data analysis it offers users. This waterproof, sweat-proof bracelet continuously registers daily activity (reclining, sitting, standing, walking or running), calories burned (based on your weight, height, gender and age) and steps taken, and it’s also compatible with a heart-rate monitor. This activity tracker is ideal for the serious fitness user. www.polar.com