Time for another Get Fit feature, Friends! Today, I’m going to talk about something that is often overlooked, but can be a surprisingly effective element of success in your own fitness routine… functional, AND fashion forward workout clothes.
These two elements do not always go hand in hand, but here is a simple concept that I’ve found to be true: If your active wear makes you look and feel great, you’re more likely to want to put it on, and the more you have it on – the more inspired you’ll be to actually spend time being active! (It’s true… Promise!) See below for some helpful notes to remember when shopping for workout wear, and find out how the new Active by Old Navy line measures up!
Feeling good about what you’ve got on can absolutely create more motivation for a healthier you, but what you’re wearing to workout can also have a huge impact on your performance and overall success. I recently had a chance to shop Old Navy’s Active line (perfect timing for my “More in 2013” goals), and I’m excited to share my favorite goodies and why I love them here with you…
- Compression Cami – $10 // One of the most important things to me in a running top is that it comes with a decent built-in bra. Most women wear a sports bra when they exercise, but I prefer something that has a little automatic support. The tank I’m wearing above was just the right amount of snug, and I love that the thin straps will be great for minimal tan lines during sunny runs along the water this Summer. Added bonus: I have one of the longest torsos EVER, and am so happy to finally find a tank that is long enough and doesn’t ride up when I move around!
- GoDry Running Pull-over – $20 // Layering pieces are one of the most important elements when you are determined stay active no matter what the weather is doing, and this pull-over is one of the best I’ve ever encountered. It has all of my three most important criteria (moisture-wicking fabric, a zip-up turtleneck, and handy thumb holes!), and the slim cut with a slight flare at the hem is flattering on any shape. I have to add that I wore mine around the house nearly all weekend, and it is very possibly one of the softest shirts that I own.
- Cropped compression leggings – $20 // I like to think of myself as a legging connoisseur, and these puppies passed the test with flying colors. With a smidge of a high-waist, strategically placed seams (more figure flattery!) and ControlMax material that holds everything in just like a pair of Spanx, you’ll be the envy of your Pilates class in no time.
I honestly am so pleased with everything that I brought home, and am already planning on heading back to get my favorite new pull-over in every single color (also going to nab one of these compression zip-up jackets to match the leggings above). I’ve linked to the items here in the post, but because of the popularity of the pieces, have noticed that many are out of stock at the moment. Definitely recommending that you head to your nearest store for some new exercise-inspiring apparel, and even more amazing: All Old Navy Active is on sale for 40% off the already really incredible prices.
Am I the only one that likes to look semi-polished before heading out to “pump-it-up”? Tell me I’m not crazy! :) Be sure to check out the earlier Get Fit features if you’re looking for more, and stay tuned for another fun fitness-focused post tomorrow!