We all know that exercise makes us feel better and helps with stress. Right now, our appetite for fitness is at an all time high and the good news is we don’t need access to a gym to achieve it. While we’re stuck at home, knee deep in this second lockdown and weather that reflects the gloomy state of the world, now is a great time to invest in sportswear.
Whether jogging is your bag, yoga sessions in the garden (lucky you if you have one), or lunging in the front room with the irrepressible Joe Wicks, here are my picks to making you look and feel stylish while you shake up those muscles and let off some steam.
Sweaty Betty’s tried and tested high waisted Zero Gravity leggings. They come in multiple colours and two lengths (full and 7/8). Ideal for running and provide a back and side pocket for your phone/keys. Worth the steep price tag of £95 but look out for offers and promotions as they often have them.
H&M Hooded fleece jacket. Fitted, hooded jacket in fast-drying, functional fabric with thermal fleece inside. Zip down the front with a chin guard, zipped front pockets and long raglan sleeves with thumbholes at the cuffs. Also comes in black and light khaki. £24.99
H&M Sports Top. Wide sports top in fast-drying functional fabric with a slightly wider neckline and short cap sleeves. Rounded and slightly longer at the back. A choice of 5 colours. £12.99
An affordable, good-looking sports bra that provides support without the underwire. £19.90
Sweaty Betty’s Athlete seamless long sleeve top. A versatile workout top. Seamless and high=stretch for all workouts. Slim fit with mesh in high sweat areas. Comes in 8 colours. £55
Sweaty Betty’s Ultra Run Sports Bra. Designed for running and high impact workouts. Flatters small chested frames as it comes with softly moulded cups. Comes in 2 other colours if you fancy a change from black. £45
Loose-fitting sports vest top in fast-drying jersey with mesh at the back, mesh should straps and a racer back. Well reviewed and if you have a good sports bra, this is one sports item you don’t need to splash out on. £12.99
A soft, comfortable design for running adventures. An all-new sleeve features a window that lets you easily check your watch. Has relective design elements and thumbholes at the cuffs keep your hands warm. Use it as a mid or first layer or on its own. £54.95
Lucas Hugh Axis Sports Bra This performance bra has a built-in inner mesh lining for breathability, an elasticated hem band for support and bonded seams for comfort. Suitable for low-mid impact activities. £95
These leggings have a soft brushed hand-feel and a matte appearance. It has dynamic contouring seams, and with the fabric maintaining a high elastane content they also firmly hug your legs and flatten your tummy.
Designed for studio workouts. It also has a strategic back pocket to secure your valuables while you sweat. Also available in black. £98
Adidas Ultra Boost 20 Trainers. A comfortable and stylist shoe which can handle a wide range of runs. Provides excellent durability, maintains the sock like fit that the line is known for and continues to be a great daily training option for anyone wanting one shoe for both workouts and city wear. Grey Five/Silver Metallic/Singal Pink/Coral £159
Lululemon Reversible Mat 5mm. Designed for Yoga. Dissolve Desert Teal Submarine shown but comes in 7 alternative shades. £58
This are an online exclusive. Made from a recycled nylon mix with added stretch, these performance leggings (and sports bra) come in a quick dry, ribbed design for extra comfort and up to the job of working out. A good price too. 8 colour options. Leggings £49. Sports bra £29
A tight, stretchy hoodie for added warmth and comfort on those cold-weather runs. Made from Primeblue, a high performance recycled material containing Parley Ocean Plastic and a minimum of 40% recycled material in total. Moisture-absorbing fabric that keeps you dry. £89.95
Klean Kanteen classic stainless steel water bottle. For a non-plastic bottle, the Kanteen is lightweight and BPA free, with no phthalates or nasty taste residue. It’s the perfect size for gym or bike bottle holders. Easy to drink from (opt for the sports pull up top). There are lots of colour options to choose from. £19.95
Sweaty Betty Power Gym Leggings. As well as being versatile, these will take you through a multitude of workouts. Stretchy fabric with flattering seams to sculpt the bum and with an adjustable waistband, these would look just as much at home with boots and an oversized sweater as they would in the gym. £75
The wired sports bra by Bravissimo is great for big chested girls who need extra support and gives a high impact option. It’s wired but encased in a gel so it feels soft and comfortable. The J clip fastening brings the straps further in at the back which works well if you’re wearing a racer top or want additional support. £44
Super stretchy fabric with compression. Square neckline with in-built bra with light support. 3 colour options. £55
LNDR Sprinter Jacket. The ultimate running jacket. Designed with back mesh panel ventilation and strategic zip pockets Also available in dark Green. £118
For the sustainably conscious, these urban running shoes are made from Primeblue, a recycled high performance recycled material. The iconic Boost midsole cushions your feet and keeps the energy coming when you need it most. Core black/Granite/Peach nougat-Smc.