Lazy days in the park, swimsuits on the beach and jetting off on holidays with a suitcase of sunscreen – the autumn chill has suddenly brought all of these summer activities to an abrupt end and I’m looking to stock up my wardrobe with some new workout kit. Why? I have three hen dos and two weddings before Christmas hits, when I’ll also be a bridesmaid… forget the bride, I’ve got a dress to fit into, and over-indulgence this summer will see me hitting the gym hard in the coming weeks.
The key to getting in to shape quick is to mix it up – cardio classes, boxing, swimming and running, mixed with the more gentle and posture-focused exercise of Pilates and Yoga.
Wellicious 3/4 Yoga Pants
Wellicious aims to create fitness clothes that are as flexible as possible and allow your skin to breathe, and its lightweight fabric is durable and eco-friendly as well as stylish. Yoga is great for improving posture and working your core to strengthen all your muscles way inside the body, rather than just the superficial ones.
The hot pink version of these three-quarter yoga pants by Wellicious are perfect for brightening up those dull autumn days, and as well as Yoga or Pilates classes, they are airy and lightweight enough for the more strenuous activities of circuits, cardio or Zumba classes. They also have a ruched high waistband that can be folded down, also making them perfect for stretching over growing baby bumps.
Nike Airs Max Lunars
Nike Airs are my work out trainers of choice, not just because of their fab support when running but also because they work hard to make them look pretty damn cool, too. The new Nikes have a visible Max Air unit for cushioning with lightweight waffle tread outsole for greater traction, and to give you flexibility while you’re training, inbuilt flex grooves.
Hot brand of the moment Lululemon is the yoga and pilates wear of choice for many celebrities and fitness bloggers. And their motto is ‘You get up, dress up, and show up,’ which is just the kind of attitude we need to get us going now the weather’s turned a little chillier.
My favourite pieces are the swiftly tech long sleeve top, perfect for chilly mornings running around the park; and the Wunder Under Pant Full-On Luon, a great stretchy pair of trousers for stretchy yoga workouts!
Price: Wunder Under Pant *Full-On Luon, £72; Run: Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve, £62
Speedo, Sculpture Crystal Halter Swimsuit
Just because you’re working out instead of splashing in the pool under glorious sunshine, there’s no need to compromise on flattering swimwear. This lovely Speedo swimsuit is great for doing gentle lengths in the pool and is super flattering with a ruched body, haltrneck tie-up and a sweetheart neckline.