I work out. Okay, sometimes I work out. Fine - I used to work out. Blame it on babies or lack of motivation or a general aversion to pain but for some reason, my once super active lifestyle has tanked. Anytime this happens, I know just what to do - and no, I don't mean personal trainers. So expensive, so barky, so mean. I'm going to pay you $200 an hour so you can make me cry? No thank you very much.
I prefer a more subtle approach to motivation that lets me go shopping at the same time. I like to call this the win-win strategy to getting in shape.
The CLOSET'S FAIL-PROOF FITNESS PLAN
STEP 1: Suss out cute workout gear at White Oaks Mall (see below).
STEP 2: Wear cute workout gear to the gym/on a run/to pilates class
STEP 3: Sweat.
I've rounded up my favourite game-changing workout gear from White Oaks Mall to help kick your workouts into high gear. And you thought getting fit was complicated...
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: A Two-in-One Tank
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: From push-ups to pilates, your low-impact workouts will look so much cuter in a 2-in-1 tank. You've always wanted to look better from behind - well, here's your chance...
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: A Technical Tracker
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Fitness apps, watches or wristbands might be just the thing you need to achieve a healthier life. Simply set your personal goals, then use the band to track calories, exercise, heart rate, even the quality of your sleep (or lack thereof). Don't worry, there's an app for that...
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: A Cute Layer
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: With the random summer weather we've been having, layering is a runner's must. As we head into fall, you might want to pick up this two-toned moisture-wicking jacket, perfect for early morning or late evening runs and wearable all year long.
OUR PICK: Sports Jacket, $39.95, H&M
THE WORKOUT GAME CHANGER: Contoured Running Tights
WHY WE LOVE THEM: From a distance, these look like any other leggings; take them for a run and that's where you'll notice the real difference. From chafe-free seams to high performance fabric that keeps you blissfully dry, you'll be so glad you splurged when you're sprinting (or crawling..we won't judge) towards the finish line.
OUR PICK: GapFit Distance Leggings, $59.95, GAP
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: Bright Kicks
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM: Old sneakers falling flat? Every woman needs a fun pair of kicks that you'll actually want to pull out of the closet. Obvious performance benefits aside, pretty new sneakers might actually make you excited to hit the treadmill again.
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: An Updated Workout Bag
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: We love double-duty accessories which is why we'll take this bag over a standard old sports tote any day. From the gym to a weekend road trip, this sleek sac can handle it all, and then some.
OUR PICK: Scuba Sports Bag, $39.95, H&M
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER:
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Heading for a post-yoga chai with your bikram besties? We love the idea of throwing on this cozy sweatshirt - stylish enough for Starbucks but still low-key enough that you won't look the least bit high-maintenance.
OUR PICK: Colorblock Twill Sweatshirt, $54.95, GAP
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: Great Headphones
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM: I might just have weirdly shaped ears but is it not the WORST when those annoying little earbuds keep. falling. out. every. 2. minutes?! I'm a huge fan of these over-the-ear headphones when I'm getting my hill training mode on. Ooh, plus they're a bright chartreuse which means there's less chance you'll lose yet another pair.
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: Motivating Tunes
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM: Something about listening to 20-somethings sing about summer makes me feel young again when I'm working out. If you also work out to look and feel younger, these teen favourites (um, One Direction who?) are to be added to your workout playlist, stat. You are officially in-the-know. You're welcome.
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: Proper Yoga Gear
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Showing up to yoga class with a ratty old mat is totally bad for your chakra (or so I like to think). Invest in a proper bag and a nice new mat to feel at peace with your whole yoga picture. Because let's be honest, next to spiritual well-being, yoga is like, all about the sweet gear. Namaste, biatches.
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: Comfy Pants
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM: No more yanking and shimmying your pants back into place. A comfy, well-fitting pair of yoga pants will help you focus on your downward dog, not your super awkward wedgie.
OUR PICK: Flare Yoga Pant, $33, Aerie
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: Practical (but fun-looking) Gear
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM: A cool new neon lock? A water bottle cozy? Okay, fine, not exactly essentials, but these fun little items can be surprisingly motivating if you're into pretty things. Serious Bonus: you'll never forget which locker is yours ever again. Um, genius, right?
THE WORKOUT GAME-CHANGER: A Flattering Sports Bra
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Okay, stop what you're doing and get ready to burn your shelf bra. This rave-reviewed cut-out bra lifts, separates and holds your girls in place through even the most intense high-impact workouts. So, let's just call it Sports Bra 2.0 then?
OUR PICK: Cut-Out Bra, $48, Titika
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