How to look good in the gym this year
The gym kit that’ll actually make you want to stick to that hastily made New Year’s resolution
Whether you’re a fitness aficionado or haven’t stepped inside a gym for years, there’s something to be said for seeing the start of the year as the perfect excuse to start afresh. Feeling good about what you wear – in the gym and beyond – has a positive impact on everything from your mental state to your productivity, so it pays to get it right (while also nailing your fitness goals). From outdoor running kit to give you the extra push, to accessories that’ll make every workout more worthwhile, these are the pieces that’ll help you look good in the gym this year.
If you prefer to get your workout in without setting foot inside a gym, pick anything that blends together practicality and style. Make smart investments by choosing brands that use technical properties – such as Adidas’ Climawarm or Nike’s Dri-Fit – to regulate body temperature while protecting you from the elements. Don’t be afraid to make bright colour choices either, especially if you pound the pavement during the early morning or late evening.
The key with gym kit is to keep it neutral in tone so that it can be swapped out to match with whatever else is in your kit bag – giving you zero excuse to skip the gym. Stick to bold colours (if you prefer them) in your outerwear and accessories but ensure that the bulk of your outfit is pared-back. Choose lightweight fabrics that’ll combat sweat without causing overheating: cotton, bamboo and polyester blends are all great places to start.
From accessories to tech, the smallest details can often make the biggest difference when it comes to upping your workout gear game. Elect pieces that will streamline your exercise of choice: for the gym, choose noise-cancelling, wireless headphones and for outdoor runs, a phone armband and handheld bottle will become your new best friends. While you should always opt for accessories that have been specifically crafted for the purpose of working out (not your cashmere beanie or leather gloves), you can still afford to pick your favourite go-to colours to inject personality into your outfit.