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I got a little bit grumpy when I saw an article in the Sunday Times magazine recently advocating getting active and starting going to the gym, running or other sports, with a 'Get the kit' guide to buying sportswear that didn't contain a single item under £100.  Apparently if you fancy starting running you need a Stella McCartney for Adidas Running Jacket that'll set you back £270.  Not true! The thing I love about running is that it barely costs a thing - bar a good pair of trainers and a sports bra - no expensive gym membership, no equipment or kit to buy, and better still you can do it at the crack of dawn or before bed when you don't have to worry about what you look like - no turning up at classes and feeling self-conscious that you haven't got the latest gym shoes or yoga mat.  In fact the beauty of fitness at all is that everyone gets sweaty and has to slug it make-up-less, looking their worst.  If you're not sweating buckets you're not trying hard enough.

It almost feels contradictory then, that I'm about to tell you the pretty sportswear bits I've been eyeing up - surely if it's not a fashion show then it doesn't matter what you wear?  I agree, but I've found recently that a new, brightly coloured, garishly printed pair of shorts, brightly coloured trainers or vest can mean I feel even more motivated to throw it on and get out there.  You see, fitness is for me, and if I want to do it wearing galaxy-print leggings, well then I think that's okay.  I follow lots of fitness types on instagram and they do rather seem to make workouts look, well, a bit bloody cool.  So now I'm working even harder so that I have the sort of body that can accomodate some teeny Nike shorts and still look bangin'.  I'm sorry if that sounds superficial but it gets me out of bed and out the front door at 6.30 so it's good enough for me.


1. Nike Air Pegasus+ 30, £85 - These are pretty and practical - as well as the fact that I adore the colour and style I've also heard good things from runners about these trainers (and they've been voted Best Buy by Runners World this month).

2. Nike Run The Earth sweatshirt, £45 - I'm not sure I'd wear this for working out but if I did it looks baggy and comfy enough for daywear and runs when the temperature starts to drop.

3. Sweaty Betty 'Zero Gravity' Run Tights, £85 - I am a huge Sweaty Betty fan - their workout wear is just sublime and they have pretty and practical down to a T.  I just adore the print on these, and the reflective seams and key pocket mean they'd be perfect for morning A/W runs.

4. Lovely Sally printed leggings45 - I spotted a fitness YouTuber wearing some Lovely Sally leggings - they are lycra so I think even though they're not designed for fitness they'd be fine for running in.  This print is just uh-mazing - I've designed myself a rewards chart for when I lose certain amounts of weight and I only need to lose a few lbs to allow myself to buy these treats. You won't be able to stop me from going running when I have these in my gym bag!

5. Nike Pro Essential shorts, £20 - These are also on my rewards chart, except for way down the chart so I actually have a bum I can fit in them! These are what all the fitness instagrammers wear and I would love to feel comfortable running in something like this - even worn underneath some bigger shorts they just look so comfy and supportive!

6. Shock Absorber Zipped Sports Bra, £25 - At the moment as well as running I go to my local gym, do some time in the gym and then get changed into my bikini and go for a swim.  I can tell you that after 45 minutes in the gym, having a fight with a sweaty sports bra is not top of the wants list for my tired arms, so I love the idea of this zipped bra.  I need to go for a fitting before I buy another sports bra though, I realised I haven't had a fitting for a couple of years and I've lost 18 lbs since then so I'm sure my measurements will have changed.  The Figleaves Online Fitting Room has just recommended that I go down a size, I think it might be right!

Are you eyeing up any sportswear at the moment? Do you just buy the basics or do you like to splash out on gym clothes?

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21 comments

  1. I do love fancy sports clothes. I've been eyeing up some fancy running leggings for a while, although i really don't need new ones. These Nike ones are nice. I find Nike ones don't have pockets though. Adidas ones are great for having a little zip pocket at the back.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  2. With my first run in three years done this morning in an old t shirt and normal bra I decided to set up a reward system too! Five runs and I'll buy a bra, I love this zipped one, like you I HATE trying to wrestle off the over the head types after a workout. I have some old running trainers that are still good to use, they didn't get used much but I think I may pop a nicely coloured pair on my Christmas wish list. Apologies for mentioning Christmas in September!

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  3. 'The sort of body that can accommodate some teeny Nike shorts and still look bangin''

    Hello story of my life!

    I love those trainers, I've brought some trail/waterproof beauts for winter but those would be ideal for dry days/gym however the partner may go nuts at me spending a total of £200.00 in trainers in one month..though I could defo hide them!

    I love bright colours & spend next to nothing on vests, I do spend money on shoes because they are *so* important. Plus I do pay a little more for fabrics that keep me dry for longer and don't lose shape after one wash. I love Nike for cost effective&wearer friendly, H&M for colour and Adidas for the kindest capri's ever! :)
    xx

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  4. Oooooo and aaaaaahhh. Must stop it. Money will be spent.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  5. I have actually started to eye up sports wear,
    cycling stuff though as I'm not able to run due to my bones...I need something to match my hot new bike!

    (Cheaply)

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  6. I haven't bought running gear in years! I should probably get new trainers, because the ones I own were only about twenty quid!

    Thinking of getting serious about the whole running thing and signing up for a 10k - might treat myself to some fancy leggings and tops if I do! Especially now it's getting cold - I make do with cotton vest tops at the moment but not sure that will cut it in the cold!

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  7. Have you ever tried any of the Forever 21 work out gear? I got a pair of yoga pants for under £10 and they're great. I love the run the earth jumper, so cute. I've also been eyeing up some work out gear from Zaggora, the ones that are supposed to heat you up so you sweat more.

    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams
    xxx

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  8. I have a pay as you go type of gym membership, and admittedly I haven't been in far too long. Though while I don't think you need to have the latest gear, I agree that taking pride in what you do wear does make you more motivated to get fit!
    Love those zero gravity leggings and run the earth top! x

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  9. I'm looking for new running trainers and am going to check out #1. They may be what I'm looking for, thanks! x

    http://christina.berrange.com

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  10. I basically work out in H&M sports wear. No item is more than 40 Euros ... my trainers are Nike Frees (old collection) and I am still very happy. I dare say most young people in my gym wear H&M and are pretty satisfied with quality and look :)

    Maria

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  11. I love pretty fitness clothes but can never justify the money spent on it because all I'm going to do is make it sweaty and gross!

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  12. Really really wanting a zip front sports bra, I know what you mean with the tired arms thing at the end of a workout session. I took some photos of myself the other day and compared them to some from 18months ago and actually wanted to cry; I really need to up my game.

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  13. I LOVE those leggings! The Nike's are good but not if you pronate so be warned on that one :) Lovely post though!

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  14. After seeing your post I really want to buy a zip up sports bra now! Like you say, sports bra's can be such a hassle to wriggle out of at the end of a run or gym workout. Think i'll be investing in one very soon because i'm in need of a new one! Thank you for your helpful post :-) x

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  15. I've only properly got in to working out recently, and I find your posts about fitness and running really inspiring! I think I'll be purchasing a pair of those Nike trainers soon!

    Suzanne x
    Twitter: @staylucky_

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  16. Zipped sports bra? Oh my god. I think I love you for making me aware of this! Getting out of a sports bra is the single thing I hate about going to the gym!

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  17. This post has inspired me even more to get out running (even though I have kind of missed the nice evenings for it!), and that sports bra looks incredibly comfy and practical!
    Heather x
    Pumpkins&Puddings

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  18. I love to wear sports wear which gives a nice look to your body and perfect suite for workout.

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  19. Athletic teams, clubs, or individuals oftentimes design workout gear for their sport with a specific logo, colors, or sayings. This can easily be done online or through a sporting goods store that has apparel made.http://www.apparelnbags.com/athleticwear-athletic-shorts.htm

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  20. I really like Tu at Sainsburys for exercise gear. My bootcut lycra trousers are going strong and dry quickly!

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