By Andrea Dashiell / Special to Sunday Market
If getting fit is on your agenda this new year, updating your workout wardrobe with some fresh new pieces may offer extra incentive to hit the gym.
From brightly colored sneaks to fitness tracking accessories, we’ve got the scoop on chic and functional gear that will help you look as great as you’ll feel.
Frosty morning workouts call for cozy layers. Whether you’re headed to yoga or out for a run, Zella’s Live In Reversible Leggings ($52 at Nordstrom) will keep you warm while allowing for full flexibility.
The sleek leta Shanti Tank ($25–$48) is a super-soft, lightweight tee that’s long enough to keep you covered during downward dog.
Thick cotton fleece makes Lululemon’s Karmacollected Jacket ($108) a great to-and-from piece, and the fun oversized collar adds character. On warmer days, throw on a vest, such as the slim fitting North Face Pseudio Vest ($99).
Add comfort and control with Nike’s Cushioned Tab No-Show Socks ($16 for three pairs) and Pro Indy Women’s Sports Bra ($49, both at Niketown), which offers light support for yoga and other low-impact activities, and comes in several fun colors.
Put some pep in your step with a pair of colorful, well-cushioned shoes, such as Nike’s Lunarglide 6 Road-Running Shoes ($110 at REI). A new softer foam adds spring and comfort as you hit the road or treadmill.
Track your steps, calories burned and sleep patterns with the Fitbit Flex ($100 at fitbit.com), a bracelet-style fitness tracker that syncs wirelessly with your phone or computer to track your stats. It comes in variety of colors and finishes to mix with your workout gear and your street clothes.
Keep hair off your face and stay safe with the help of the Sweaty Bands Reflective Runner Headband ($15 at sweatybands.com). The velvet backing helps the band stay put during workouts, and a reflective stripe helps you stay visible in low-light conditions.
If you need a little extra warmth up top, pull on The North Face’s Minna Cable Knit Beanie ($35 at Nordstrom). A fleece ear band adds an extra layer of coziness, and four colors allow you to match it to your favorite jacket.
Before you head out the door, stick your ID, keys and other essentials in the lightweight H&M Waist Pack ($10), which adjusts to fit snugly and has a subtle design that won’t draw attention.
Resolve to lose the ill-fitting, weak-sounding earbuds you’ve been holding onto. Upgrade to Yurbuds’ Focus 200 Earbuds ($30 at REI), which feature a soft but snug behind-the-ear piece that holds them in place. A new tangle-free magnet technology prevents the cords from getting gnarled when not in use.
Stay hydrated in style with the Pure Focus Glass Water Bottle ($28 at Lululemon), a pretty, silicone-sleeved, BPA-free, dishwasher-safe companion to your workout.
If your yoga mat has seen better days, start the new year with a fresh mat in a cheery print. The Orla Kiely by Gaiam Yoga Mats ($25 at Target) feature Kiely’s popular designs in an array of colors and styles. The line also includes blocks, a bag, a yoga towel and a headband.
Keep sweaty gym gear away from your tech gadgets and other valuables with Lululemon’s Sweat Happens Liner Bags ($42 for three). The stylish zippered pouches snap together to keep them organized while keeping your stuff contained.