FINDING PRACTICAL ACTIVEWEAR

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Ever got to an aerobics class and the fun printed top you bought keeps riding up, or the leggings you bought after spotting a celeb wearing, suddenly start sliding down during squat jumps? Been there! There is nothing worse than awkwardly fidgeting with your activewear during you’re training session. We have all been there – trust me I have! Going on a run with a run club, only to discover that the trainer socks I bought have some how slid down into my trainers and my sports bra isn’t being as supportive as it said it would be. I lose track of the entire session because I’m frantically trying to keep my clothes where they should.

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Hat | F&F Ribbed Knit Faux Fur Bobble Hat, Jumper | Primark Basics Sweatshirt, Leggings | New Balance Elixir Tights*, Watch | Samsung Gear Sport Watch*, Trainers | New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v7*, Socks | Stance Outdoor Socks*

The idea of practical activewear doesn’t exactly make you jump for joy does it? I sort of get this imagery of boring, plain, un-motivating and dull fitness attire – definitely nothing that would motivate me to get up and do my exercise. I know it isn’t all about what you wear and it’s about the exercise, but if you’re uncomfortable or feel totally un-motivated – what do you do?

Practical activewear does not sound appealing a lot of the time, but you can be both of these things and still have fun with your clothing. For me I’ve done it all, had the super cheap bold items that never stay where they are meant to, are cheaply made and fall apart after the first wash, but also the very boring options too. I have finally found a balance between the two, but what I have discovered is that with decent activewear, it is always function over fashion as the favouring side. You need to have practical activewear on some level to help you train well.

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Investing in good activewear is really important. I have once upon a time had supermarket of fashion retailer trainers – bad, bad, bad move. They don’t support like your traditional sports branded trainers. Go to a running shop to find out which ones work for your kind of footfall and running style. Good socks, even though it sounds simple but you need breathable fabric and sturdy socks that don’t disappear in your shoes. The more support and comfort you can have the better because when you train, the last thing you want to be thinking about is your clothes.

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