New Workout Wear for the New Year
The number one New Year’s resolution every year is to lose weight. Research says that it takes three weeks to form a new habit so keep that in mind as you begin a new workout plan. Even the smallest step in the right direction helps. Experts agree that even just five minutes a day to start is better than no minutes. You also need to figure out what works for you. It might also be good to think about working out as a way to get stronger or healthier instead of just focusing on the scale.
I already go to group Pilates reformer classes twice a week but now that the busy holidays are over I need to add cardio back into my workout routine. I try to mix up the treadmill, elliptical trainer, and rower so my body doesn’t get used to the same exercises.
One thing I do that really helps is to add my workout classes to my calendar. I sign up for classes with my favorite instructors a week in advance so I have no excuse not to go. Equinox also allows me to add my workouts to their app which will send me reminders a few hours ahead.
It also helps to buy workout clothes you actually like so you always feel good at the gym. I recommend buying pieces in each color or multiples of your favorite items. I bought seven pairs of my favorite workout pants so I have no excuse for not working out each day of the week.
If losing weight or working out more is on your New Year’s resolution list, here are some great workout clothes and sneakers to get you started.
If you’re going to workout in the winter, you’ll need a parka. I prefer a longer one like this black Down Parka to keep warm while walking to the gym or Pilates in my leggings.
I usually include a “what I bought myself” post on the blog after Christmas but most of what I bought included new workout clothes and skincare products. Most of the workout clothes were from Outdoor Voices like this CloudKnit Longsleeve T-Shirt in grey and navy. I hate thumb holes so I might sew them up but I love the tee shirt.
I love plain black sneakers instead of all those crazy colored pairs they market to women. I buy a new pair of these APL TechLoom Pro Low-Top Sneakers and was lucky to find them on sale at Net-a-Porter. They are all sold out now but you can find them here.
Everyone wants to save the environment by using reusable water bottles but most people don’t clean them well enough so the bacteria makes them sick. The LARQ is a self-cleaning water bottle with a water purification system built in that keeps water clean and fresh. It’s available in white, pink, mint, black, and navy.
If you overdue it at the gym and feel sore, the Theragun Handheld Deep Tissue Professional Massager will beat the kinks out of you.
Goop High School Genes “addresses multiple systems in the body that contribute to optimal metabolism” of those who feel like their metabolism might be slowing down and whose bodies are no longer responding to exercise and diet changes. I bought a box but haven’t used it consistently yet. I will report back later.
If you are on the coach, try doing tricep dips or squats while you watch or during commercial breaks. There are also many great apps you can use to workout at home.
For lounging at home after you’ve worked out or for walking to yoga, I like this Pure Luxe Sweatshirt.
I love the pattern and colors on this Front Row Bra but it’s also available in nine other colors.
They no longer make the old leggings I loved so I just bought these Center Stage Leggings. I like that they don’t have any extra seems and they are high waisted and aren’t see through. They are also available in five other colors.
I don’t always need to wear proper workout sneakers when I walk to Pilates. Sometimes I wear Allbirds but I just bought these Nike Daybreak Sneakers because I loved the color combination. I also wear these shearling lined suede boots to Pilates on really cold mornings.
If you like to workout at home, I recommend the Backslash Fit Smart Yoga Mat. It rolls itself up and stays rolled which is nice. It’s also cushier than most yoga mats which is nice on hard wood floors.
Add some intensity to your morning walks or workouts on the treadmill with these Bala Bangles Wearable Wrist and Ankle Weights. They are so chic, people will think they are bracelets and the seven colors will match all your outfits.
My New Year’s resolution is to get on the natural deodorant bandwagon. Corpus Natural Deodorant is a “water-based deodorant made with plant-based enzymes, minerals, and botanical extracts clinically proven to help combat both odor and sweat.” And most importantly, it comes in a pretty package.
My friend David said this to me one day and it makes me laugh every time I think about it at the gym. But sweating through exercise and in a sauna is very beneficial to your heath. Sweating helps expel toxins from the body, improves blood circulation, cleans out your pores, and helps relieve stress and promote relaxation.
This navy Kenya Jacket is chic enough to wear even when you’re not working out.
I love the look of this mesh layered Villa Tank. It’s also available in black.
I try to find fun printed workout bras like this splatter print bra to add some pizzazz to my plain black leggings.
If you want to run or walk outside in the winter, you might want to try these Polartec Stretch Leggings.
I love the colors on these Nike Air Max 270 React. They would definitely make me want to go to the gym more often.
I don’t have a fitness tracker but I’m considering getting the Apple Watch to track my workouts and health. It also helps you move if you are sitting too long and will alert help if you fall while you have the hard fall detection turned on.
If you workout in the elements or inside, you might want to try this Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm. It also comes in two tinted colors.
If you really sweat while working out, you may also want to try The Laundress Sport Detergent made for synthetic fabrics. You should try to wash your clothes in warm water to help kill bacteria as well.
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” – Elle Woods