Hey y’all, Carson here!
We survived the first month of 2017! Go team! If we made it through the past crazy month, how bad could the rest of 2017 be, right? Since we are a month into this new year, those resolutions are either starting to feel like healthy habits, or are maybe turning into a foggy memory. Either way, giving your fitness routine a little boost is always a good idea! This boost could come from trying out a new workout class, adding in a 30 minute walk, cutting something naughty from your diet, or (a stylist’s favorite option) adding to your workout wardrobe! Keep scrolling to find some activewear that is sure to get you moving.
(P.S. You’ll notice a handful of items on this list are from Dimvaloo. Dimvaloo is an amazing, local boutique in St.Louis that specializes in activewear! Be sure to check them out, and support local!)
Shoes that work as hard as you do:
If you’re a shoe lover like me, you’ll agree that shoes are always an important part of any outfit. When it comes to working out, shoes are really THE MOST important part of your outfit, and I’m not just talking style. Wearing the correct pair of shoes for your activity will not only help you have a safe workout, but it can also have long term effects on your joints and muscles. Since athliesure has blown up in the clothing industry, stylish sneakers have also been booming in the market. This is where it can get a little confusing, but it’s very important to note: there is a big difference between sneakers/tennis shoes that are produced for fashion and shoes that are produced to support you during exercise. Popular shoes such as Nike Free (or really any Nike), Adidas , Converse, Vans, etc. are not the shoes you should be working out in. Those shoes are awesome for casual athliesure and street style outfits, but don’t belong in the gym or on your run. Trust me, I totally understand that most of the time they’re way cuter than the better-for-you athletic shoes, but health and safety need to trump style in this case! Your joints will thank you!
If you’re on the hunt for the right pair of workout shoes, I highly recommend going to get fitted and talking to a shoe specialist at your local sporting goods or shoe store. Depending on your foot structure and what kind of exercise you do, the best shoe for you will vary. Listed below are just a few tested and trusted brands amongst the fitness world. Keep in mind, each brand has specific shoes for different exercise categories (i.e. walking, running, training, tennis, etc).
Another very important tip: if you’re exercising regularly, your workout shoes need to be replaced every 5-6 months. If you’re very active or running everyday, possibly even as soon as every 3 months.
-Asics Gel-Quantum 360 CM, $170, asics.com
-Brooks Pureflow 5 Running Shoes, $55 (on sale from $110), brooksrunning.com
-Mizuno Wave Rider 20, $119.99, mizunousa.com
-Saucony Ride 9, $120, saucony.com
Top it off :
A light layer to throw on over your top doesn’t just add a style boost, but can also aid in warming up your muscles at the start of your workout. I like to look for a topper that can easily be taken off without having to pull over my head (I hate having to redo my ponytail/bun in the middle of a workout).
-Crop Moto Jacket, $70 (on sale from $100), dimvaloo.com
-Athleta Studio Wrap, $89, athleta.gap.com
-CALIA by Carrie Underwood Women’s Effortless Cozy Jacket, $79, dickssportinggoods.com
-Reebok Cardio Perforated Bomber Jacket, $100, reebok.com
Leggings with an Edge:
In the athletic legging world, it’s all about edgy, moto-style and ventilated leggings right now. Not only can the panels of these leggings take you from the gym to street-style chic, but they can also elongate and flatter your legs! Another trend in the legging world: high-waisted! I’m extra thankful for this trend, because they feel so comfortable and stay put during a rigorous workout.
-Onzie Moto Leggings, $76, zappos.com
-Force Core Ankle Biter Tight, $110.99, dimvaloo.com
-Zella Platinum Moto Leggings, $69, Nordstrom.com
-Wunder Under Pant (Hi-Rise), $98, lululemon.com
-Alo Moto Leggings, $110, aloyoga.com
Tops that go with the Flow:
I love to work out in a nice, flowy, breathable top. They’re less constricting than the ultra-fitted variety, and require less fuss and fixing while working out. The longer length is more forgiving while in different positions and stretches, and is just more universally flattering. You can layer them over an array of different colored sports bras or (fitted tanks if you like more coverage) to easily switch up the look!
-Laser Cut Logo Racer Tank Top by Ivy Park, $40, us.topshop.com
-Salute The Sun Graphic Tank, $48, freepeople.com
-Zella Side Slit Muscle Tank, $25.46 (marked down from $38), Nordstrom.com
-Viola Tank, $49.99, dimvaloo.com
-Chakra Tank, $75, sweatybetty.com
-Nike Dry Training Tank, $40, nike.com
I hope this has given your motivation a little boost! Also, remember that fitness is suppose to be fun and make your body feel good. Get your body moving, and it will thank you! Find a routine that is convenient for your particular lifestyle. The greatest workout class or prettiest gym is useless if you know you’re not going to go to it!