As daylight slowly makes a welcome return to our lives, and the evenings become that little bit brighter, it serves as a lovely reminder that summer is on route. Winter is always the most difficult time to work out. A combination of cold, dark weather and woolly layers generally pushes working out a little further down my list of priorities. That said, I’ve always found when you least feel like working out is when you most need it (mentally anyway!).
If exercise could be bottled and sold, it would be the most widely prescribed anti-depressant. The natural endorphin release is nothing short of magic when it comes to stress relief, reducing anxiety and improving sleep. And that’s aside from the strength and conditioning benefits, namely getting a beach bod in time for summer!
A few key workout wardrobe updates can sometimes be the incentive needed to get out and get moving, and recently we got to try out some seriously stylish workout wear from the gym stylistas over at Gymshark. UK brand Gymshark has grown massively since its small beginnings a mere four years ago. From a style perspective, we’re both big fans of the colour block pieces and monochrome options.
'Athleisurewear' is the thing right now, and Gymshark do some great monochrome basics to see you through a Saturday of running around town. But more than this, the technical fabrics and fits are spot on if you take your training seriously.
When distance running, I'm generally on the lookout for decent compression wear. Ideally this should keep you muscles warm to prevent strain and fatigue, while maintaining body temperature if training in harsh weather conditions. Gymshark form running leggings have a softness to them that I wouldn’t generally associate with compression leggings (which usually have the structure rigidity of a wetsuit!). But having worn these running I’m seriously impressed. The anti-slip waistband makes sure they stay put exactly where they should, while the seamless form-fitting leggings have the necessary support factor combined with the loveliest softness. Also top marks on the non-see-through factor for squats!
Personally, I like my training vests to be a little on the looser side, allowing an option to double up over a skin layer in colder weather while still being loose and cool on the rare few days of summer we get. The stretch fit and mesh paneling on my Gymshark racerback vest are definite plus points when getting sweaty! I went for the white racerback vest paired up with black compression leggings, for a very wearable monochrome combo.
Gymshark workout wear is available here.
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