To paraphrase the famous J. Howell quote “All work and no play makes Jane a dough gal”.
The beginning of the year is filled with all sorts of best intentions. The number one on everyone’s list is be healthier. That said, keeping momentum up can be challenging. Here at SLHer, we want to help you get your fitness back on track with a little inspiration. We’ve put together a whole list of workout gear pieces, some staples and some unexpected that you’ll absolutely want. These are so good, they’ll kick your butt…into high gear, that is.
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Whether you’re a well-seasoned winter warrior, or just starting your running routine, these first months of the new year can crush your spirits with slushy roads and cold temps. Show that asphalt who’s boss with adidas’s COLD.RDY running shoes. It has all the great attributes we’ve come to love in the standard Ultraboost shoe (unquestionable comfort, massive energy return with every kick, quick-zip lacing) and adds a closed mesh upper for warmth and a Continental™ WinterGrip™ Rubber outsole that gives strong, grippy traction on wet and icy surfaces.
One of our all-time favorites is back in some new, fun colors. The Airbrush leggings are one of Alo Yoga’s best sellers (Gigi Hadid has several pairs). With it’s 4-way stretch, flat locked seams, and generous high-waist band, these leggings are designed to lift, sculpt, contour and smooth (there’s a front-smoothing panel as well for those times you prefer the commando fit). Comes in 11 gorg color options, including this new, limited edition Dark Plum in sizing from XXS to Size 18.
Ethika, Graffika Sports Bra $19.98
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No yawn-inducing workout bras here! Inject some serious color to get you in your happy place with a graffiti print top from Ethika. Double-layered panel in the front and racerback support in the back makes it perfect for light to medium impact workouts. This is definitely giving us big workout energy.
The new year is all about upgrading. Ditch the bland zip pouch or *shudder*, that stink-inducing zip lock bag and carry those wet items safely and stylishly. This roll-top dry bag from Dagne Dover is perfect for packing your swim suit post freestyles, or your gym bra and workout shorts. Made from waterproof nylon, it’s also ideal for when you need to keep small items dry and secure.
Sometimes your motivation isn’t the issue. When Mama Nature throws her monthly party at you, don’t let that keep you from feeling confident at that yoga class, spin class or Pilates. These panties from PROOF. have a leak-proof gusset that can absorb up to 5 regular tampons worth of flow, and with 25% spandex, they stretch beautifully with your every move.
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A great cross-training shoe should be lightweight, versatile and protective. With a near 5-star rating from Google reviewers, the F-Lite 270 is a favorite with both beginners and burpee-loving, box jumping champions. Why? The durable, ballistic nylon protects against aggressive wear while keeping breathability and comfort. Graphene-infused outsole grips deliver sticky grip for lifting and trustworthy traction for those aforementioned box jumps. Bonus: these come with a ROPE-TEC infused outsole to guard against abrasion if your workout includes rope climbing.
What super lowkey, minimalist activewear brand has major fashion brands like Loewe, and superstar athletes falling head over heels for their product? IYKYK. The once stealthy statement sneaker brand came out in a big way in 2020, expanding past their cult-inducing running shoes into slow releases of apparel that found themselves equally coveted (and quickly selling out). Case in point, this icy blue running jacket that’s gorg enough to work outside your workout rotation. But this beauty isn’t just a pretty face. The whole jacket folds into its own breast pocket for portability, and lightweight Japanese fabrics are used to ensure a tear-proof, fast-drying construction. It sports water-resistant zip pockets, four-way stretch nylon, and a 360° ventilation pattern for high breathability. Plus we simply cannot get enough of the foldable hood with its cute built-in cap top.
If your exercise goals this year include less treadmill and more trail, these insoles from Superfeet will be your new best friend. Made to replace the sockliner in roomy to moderate-fitting athletic and outdoor footwear, the Trailblazer has a deep heel cup for extra stability along with dual-comfort foam to reduce fatigue through the rigors of trail running and/or heavy hiking. And as a bonus, they’re moisture wicking so your feet stay solid in your shoe.
Zee Dog, Hands Free Leash $39.99
Speaking of hiking and trails, if your work-out buddy runs on four legs instead of two, you know how great they are helping you keep your routine (iz walk time now, Momz!!). Of course, juggling that leash between your hands can make for a stressful experience, and many cities and parks have pretty hefty off-leash fines. But there’s no need to have to choose between working out and your best friend. Zee Dog makes a hands free leash you can wear either around the shoulder or waist with an easy-lock adjustable buckle, allowing for your doggo to roam up to 6 feet from you. The rope material is sturdy and comfortable, with just a bit of stretch to better absorb any unexpected movement like…SQUIRREL!!
This one has been an Editors favorite here for a while and we’re still loving it. The soft front absorbs sweat for maximum comfort and stability through every asana, while the silicone grip backing sticks to your mat for a slip-free practice. Comes in a fun assortment of seven color options, including this dusky pink (shown above).
L*Space, Bala Bangles (1 Lb each, set of 2) $65
You don’t always have to break out all the workout gear to get healthy. These weighted bangles by L*Space are just one pound each, which makes them easy enough to wear day-to-day while giving you that extra bit of resistance to firm your muscles into shape. Wear them on your wrists while doing laundry, or around your ankles while running errands. Turn the world into your work out! And of course, you can wear them to make your actual workouts a bit extra. Two color options including sea blue (shown above) and sandy tan.
You don’t wear just any old shoe for your workout, so what about your socks? Just as technology has improved apparel, bras and sneakers, so too has the lowly ankle cuff come a long way. These Breathables from MeUndies check all the boxes: Ultra-light, quick-drying, anti-odor, reinforced cushioned heel and toe, and a non-chafe blister tab on the back of the ankle. These socks are the future you can have right now. And while we’re talking about the future, MeUndies also only uses ethically sourced materials imported from companies that are certified Fair Working Conditions Companies.
When it comes to serious outdoor activewear, the Mesa Collection from Blenders has all the extras, except for the price. The frame is super tough, despite sporting a sleeker, thinner body than other active collections. Double-injection nose pads prevent slippage and vivid green polarized lenses boast 100% UVA & UVB protection plus anti-salt coating (so neither sea spray nor sweat will impair your ability to see safely). All that for under fifty bucks? You betcha.
Voted the best by Runner’s World, this anti-friction stick isn’t just for running. It was developed originally as part of Katie Sturino’s line of body positivity products aimed at making women of all sizes feel comfortable and confident by alleviating “body taboo” issues such as boob sweat and arm/leg chafing. After winning the 2021 Allure Best of Beauty Award, the non-sticky, light citrus smelling stick started showing up in gym bags everywhere. Paraben and aluminum free, it won’t clog oily skin, nor irritate sensitive or dry skin either. At just under fourteen bucks, feel free to slather on wherever you need it. Your skin will thank you.
Universal Standard, Next to Naked Matcha Latte Crop Tank $78
& Matcha Latte Bike Shorts $48
From the world’s most inclusive fashion brand comes this adorable tank and short set that absolutely deserves a rotation in your work(out) and play fit looks. We love that Universal Standard’s sizing reflects the true bell curve of the average person in the United States (i.e. a medium is an 18-20) and they take that philosophy very seriously, offering every item they sell in sizes from XS to 7X. This new pattern called Matcha Latte is so fun and frothy, and that olive green color is so on trend (per Pantone’s 2023 Fashion Color Trend list). Anti-microbial, moisture-wicking and super breathable, you’ll look just as amazing inside and outside the gym.