Nothing says Summer like bright, fun clothing, and it's no different when it comes to your workout wardrobe. Check out five colorblocked options that will keep you cool in the heat, all while being on-trend!
We're all for companies adding eco-friendly gear to their lines, but what makes us really happy is when a company commits itself to the environment by adopting a sustainable business model. Because, let's face it, caring about the planet involves much more than offering one organic shirt in your line. From where they source their materials to the kind of energy their buildings run on, here are five companies that we already love for their athletic gear, but who impress us even more for the eco-friendly ways they run their business.
The ever-changing Spring weather can make it difficult to dress appropriately — at the beginning of your outdoor workout, it might be chilly and wet, yet in an instant the clouds could part to reveal a sunny, hot, and sticky day. It's important to be prepared for whatever climate you are exposed to during your training session, that way you aren't tempted to turn around and head inside before you've completed your targeted mileage. These three beautiful, Spring-inspired training jackets will help protect you from the elements, so find out what makes them special.
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- Lululemon Run: Essential Jacket II in Paris Pink ($138): For insulation and breathability, the jacket includes a mix of windbreaker material, breathable, mesh-like cloth down the backside, and stretchy fabric under the arms for a wider range of motion. Earbud fanatics will love the little hole in the inside of the jacket created exclusively to slide your headphones through, so the zipped-up jacket will keep the cords from jangling in your face while you run.
- Cannondale Women's Morphis Jacket in White ($110): The fitted, wind- and water-resistant cycling jacket contains removable magnetized sleeves, so if you get too hot during a ride, you can quickly rip off the long sleeves, stash them in the back pocket, and turn the jacket into a vest.
- Nike Cyclone Vapor Women's Running Jacket in Light Thistle/Reflective Silver ($115): Textured dots on the inside of the jacket prevent clinging to facilitate a more breathable, drier environment for your skin. It's water resistant, but if you become overheated, the jacket has a built-in pocket in the back so you can easily store it.
While most celebs head to the gym in the tried-and-true fitness favorite — black capris and a nondescript tank — some celebs stepped their game up a bit. Take a look at our favorite celebrity fit fashions from 2011 and learn how to wear these looks yourself!
Don't let the rain and wind get you down this Fall. Instead, invest in a moisture wicking, wind breaking running jacket to keep you warm and dry, and wear a loud color like pink to boost your mood.
When we think of weight loss, we can't help but daydream about the adorable clothes we'll be able to wear once we reach our goal weight. For the time being, you can use your present wardrobe to inspire those pounds to drop off. Here's how.
Bangle bracelets: Drinking water instead of soda, sugary juices, and high-calorie coffee drinks is a surefire way to cut calories. Getting your fill of nature's beverage also makes you feel full, which prevents unnecessary snacking, so try to drink a glass of water at least every hour or so. To help you remember to drink water throughout the day, here's a fashionable tip: buy a set of eight or so bangle bracelets. Wear them on your right hand and every time you finish a glass of water, move a bracelet over to your left wrist. It'll help you keep track of your water intake, and you'll look stylish doing it.
Comfy walking shoes or sneakers: If your office is in a tall building, you'll be more likely to save your feet and slip into the elevator if you're wearing heels. Comfy shoes, on the other hand, will inspire you to get up on your feet more, taking walks up and down the stairs, strolls to your co-worker's desk to chat (instead of sending an email), for a walk-and-talk meeting, or even a midday jog.
Fitted clothes: Elastic waistbands and big shirts are comfy, but they cover up your body and allow you to forget what you look like, which might work against you in terms of motivation. These types of clothes also encourage lounging around on the couch for hours. Instead, opt for clothes that have a more fitted silhouette. Fitted shirts and pants made out of stretchy material can help give you a sense of your body image and may also inspire you to do something active. Since wearing tights or leggings is in, it won't seem odd if you sport your yoga pants at work.
See more tips after the break!
After posting the 10 Affordable Fitness Tops Under $40 slideshow, a few of my friends said they actually prefer tops without attached shelf bras. They want to be able to wear their sports bra to get the support they need without the oh-so unattractive uniboob. If you're well-endowed, I'm sure you can relate.
I hate to admit it, but I'm cheap. There's no doubt that expensive fitness clothes have their place, but who can afford an entire wardrobe when each item is so pricey? It's a good thing so many companies offer affordable clothes for those of us who don't own a money tree. Check out my favorite tops — all under $40.
Purple continues to be a popular hue on the red carpet, in beauty, and even for home décor, so why not incorporate even more of this sought-after shade into your workouts. Here are some fun pieces to spice up your fitness style.
Snake from top left: Lululemon Tee ($58), Nike Hyper Cool Tank ($35), Puma Racerback Tank ($30), Reebok EasyTone ($99), Gingham Tempo Shorts ($32), Nike Boycut Shorts ($28), Nike Rebel Sports Bra ($60), Nike Sprint Jacket ($55), Tanya-b Capris ($76), Nike Training Capris ($45), Lucy Yoga Mat ($20), Puma TFX Sprint Shoes ($65), Adidas Bag ($56), Relic Chronograph Watch ($35)
Clockwise from top left: Nike Airborne Tank ($45), Nike Dri Fit Sports Bra ($36), American Apparel Denim Fluorescent Gym Bag ($18), Puma Loop Watch ($50), Nike Pegasus Running Shoes ($100), Nike Hero Shorts ($25)