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The Fashion Memo

What to wear to work out

With social distancing and self-isolating rendering gyms across the world officially out of bounds, more people than ever are experimenting with exercise and home workouts. So whether you’re a rookie runner or a die-hard HIIT fan, having the right kit is half the motivational battle won…



No doubt the renewed popularity of running has more than a little to do with ‘runner’s high’ – that legendary rush of endorphins that results in a feeling close to euphoria. Whether you’re a regular runner or a recent convert, there’s no better incentive than chic gear to get you out the door. Victoria Beckham personally tests every piece of her Reebok capsule collection to ensure it’s up to her exacting standards – which of course includes her flattering high-waisted leggings. Pair with Nike’s classic crop top, a crew-neck sweater and finish with colorful sneakers, courtesy of Adidas in partnership with fashion powerhouse Missoni, for a chic workout look.


When you’ve made time to practice, don’t let your focus drift due to uncomfortable kit. Instead, invest in second-skin separates that won’t slip when you’re in a downward dog or attempting a headstand. Seattle-based Girlfriend Collective knows exactly what women need from their sportswear, and creates pieces designed to support, sculpt and look chic on and off the mat. Take the brand’s high-waisted leggings and stretch sports bra. Cast in a chic camel hue, this stylishly understated two-piece is a failsafe way to supercharge your prana. Finally, take looking after yourself from the inside out one step further by incorporating Lyma’s immune-boosting supplements into your daily routine.


From reducing blood pressure to boosting your metabolic rate, not to mention fat loss and muscle gain, the myriad benefits of high-intensity exercise – otherwise known as HIIT – are well known. HIIT sessions are notably shorter than other forms of exercise, but with everything from burpees and star jumps to squat thrusts on the agenda, it’s hard work. Dress the part in a graphic two-piece by Australian brand Nagnata; consciously crafted using a circular knitting technique that ensures zero waste, Nagnata is redefining conscious design. And make sure you stay hydrated with Glacce’s toxin-free glass bottle, which incorporates the healing properties of smoky quartz crystal – believed to promote relaxation and relieve anxiety.


Any wellness journey starts with the mind, so take a holistic approach by incorporating meditation into your fitness routine. Scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety, there’s never been a better time to give it a go – especially with apps like Calm and Headspace offering guided practices. Of course, there are no uniform requirements, but you’ll want to ensure you’re comfortable. London-based athleisure brand Vaara has acquired a cult following thanks to its emphasis on quality, fit and directional design. Its figure-sculpting leggings and coordinating sports bra make for an enviable off-duty outfit, whether you’re meditating or not. Get cozy by simply adding a comfy sweater and lighting your favorite scented candle to create a little ambience – and just try to enjoy the moment.


Whether you’re a spinning fanatic whose Peloton habit has just kicked up a notch or an ardent cyclist who prefers to spend an hour cycling in the open air, riding a bicycle has been proven to release mood-enhancing neurochemicals like serotonin and dopamine into our blood. Meaning that getting on your bike is a pretty good idea right now – and there’s nothing to stop you making sure you’re still kitted out accordingly. The Upside’s minimal cycling shorts aren’t just a directional answer to summer dressing; crafted from breathable fabric and featuring a hidden zip pocket, they’re also an essential part of your kit, while Koral’s muscle tank is a similarly high-performing piece. And you can add a pop of color to your look in the form of technical sneakers by cult brand Veja.


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