Let’s Get Physical

It’s about this time of year that we all start to feel a little sluggish.  The winter months really ought to be spent hibernating (in my opinion at least), and colder weather has been scientifically proven to increase your appetite, so it’s no wonder that many of us succumb to the “winter weight gain”.

Gym subscriptions go sky-high in January and February every year with hopeful new-year’s-resolutioners but few manage to stick it out all year round.  So if you’re trying to get fit in 2014, it might interest you to know that what you wear to the gym can really affect your motivation.

While it’s very true that going to the gym is for exercising, and it’s not a fashion show, you’re just not going to look good in a baggy t-shirt and sloppy trackies.  And we all know what they say: look good, feel great!  If I’m dressed sloppily, I feel sloppy, and that’s not exactly conducive to some good hard treadmill time.  My point?  If you’re dressed like a pro, you’re much more likely to feel motivated and have an effective workout.

If you have any Christmas money left over, why not spend it on getting a svelte new body (and sportswear is so much cheaper than desperate surgery)? Here’s a few ideas to help you out, no matter your budget!

Sweaty Betty, is one of my personal favourite exercise wear brands, but sadly it’s rather pricey, so perhaps stick to one or two staple pieces!  This vest top comes in a variety of colours and, at £29.00, isn’t a bad investment.Screen Shot 2014-01-01 at 14.29.00

A pair of exercise leggings are a must-have; they’re so comfortable and generally quite flattering as well.  Plus, they’ll keep you warm on your way to and from the gym!  Marks and Spencer have a surprisingly good women’s sportswear range, with this pair of leggings at the very reasonable price of £19.50.

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Gilly Hicks may be rapidly losing status on the High Street, but they’re still my go-to place for one thing: yoga pants.  Yoga pants are the queen of trousers – the comfiest thing you will ever encase your legs in – and they’re ideal for yoga and pilates workouts (obviously).

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So this year, after stuffing your face with mince pies and turkey and mournfully deciding that it’s time to get yourself to the gym, maybe add “buy nice sportswear” to your list of New Year’s Resolutions.  You never know, you might get bitten by the exercise bug.

by Heather Tarplee, Razz Fashion Correspondent

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