It’s a new year meaning it’s a fresh start.
The beauty of January is the feeling of renewal. We are shaking off the cobwebs, resetting and restarting. It’s a time to make goals, however big or small, and try new things.
Over the coming weeks, many of us will be taking our first tentative steps on a new fitness journey. Whether it be for physical and mental wellbeing or merely using it as something to do during these short days and long nights, proper workout gear is necessary.
Your kitchen might be the temporary workout studio but dressing the part is a psychological trick. Putting on the sports bra, the leggings, the top and trainers is half the battle, and suddenly the thought of squatting in your front room doesn’t seem quite as horrifying.
Leggings are one of the essential elements of workout dressing. They help to regulate and control body temperature, prevent injury and protect the skin. The right pair shouldn’t be restrictive. Instead, leggings should be comfortable and a flattering fit to improve performance and confidence.
High-waisted styles are best and help to support the shape of the body while exercising. Look for breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics such as cotton blends and nylon. Don’t think you have to stick to black and grey hues to look workout ready; lift the mood by choosing brighter colours and patterns.
Luckily with the fitness industry being a mammoth operation, the choices for workout wear are endless. Old reliables such as Nike, Reebok, and Sweaty Betty design leggings with your body and ability in mind and are built to last. The new kids on the block, such as Fabletics, offer special offers when you become a member and an inclusive size range, while Girlfriend Collective has a sustainable focus at a great price point.
So take those first steps into the kitchen and start a new fitness journey with your leggings in tow.
Here are our top 10 picks you can buy now.
Nike Pro AeroAdapt women’s tights
Puma training seamless leggings
Gymshark Fit seamless leggings
Girlfriend Collective Compressive stretch leggings
Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 leggings
Reebok Training leggings
Fabletics Oasis High-Waisted twist 7/8 leggings
Under Armour Branded Waistband Tights
Durable (Picture: JD Sports)
Reebok Training printed bra and leggings in grey