Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Stylish Activewear + Workout Tips

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Working out and getting fit is one of the most popular New Years resolutions, but for me, I've made getting fit something that I've been committed to since last October. Since then, I've found a ton of great workout gear that are essential for getting a good workout in - and also for looking cute while you do it! Some of my favorite things to buy are active wear pieces because they're so cute, comfy and can sometimes even double as everyday errand-running outfits too. (like, you know, Home Goods trips!)

Compression leggings, workout tanks and cute Nike's are things I can never get enough of and things that you can never have too many of, too! Here's some of my favorite workout essentials:

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Gray Compression Leggings// Nike Sport Headbands// Patterned Sports Bra// Gray Nike Sneakers// Pink Camelbak Water Bottle// FitBit Flex// Headwrap// VSX Hoodie// Evian Water Mineral Spray// VSX Mesh Tee// Colorful Sport Socks// Black & White Nikes// Black Sports Bra// Crease Free Hair Ties

The new Express EXP Core active wear line has SUCH cute pieces! I can't get enough of the compression pants like these watercolor printed ones and cute tank tops to go with them. The entire line is so great - everything is really comfortable and looks so great on too! The fleece hoodies like this one are great for a comfy day's outfit or for running in the winter too, it's super warm and very easy to workout in.

Sports bras come in so many colors and patterns - I love strappy ones like this EXP Core one and all of the ones from the VSX line that have fun patterns and designs. Wearing a shirt that your body can breathe in when working out is important too, like this cute paneled one. Call me crazy but picking out a cute workout outfit that I can be seen out in is so much fun!

A workout essential that I can NOT live without is my FitBit Flex activity tracker. It's been a life saver and has helped me with my workouts more than I ever could have imagined! I love switching up the colored bands depending on what outfit I'm wearing and can even continue to track my activity and steps that I take when I'm not working out by making it look like a cute bracelet with Tory Burch bands like this one. Since I love FitBit so much, I've been using the whole line of products including the FitBit Scale and the newest of the FitBit line - the FitBit Charge is a newer way to track activity. P.S. for anyone who watches The Amazing Race, it never fails to amaze me just how many steps the teams take during each leg when they track their steps!

So many stores offer workout gear that is practical yet stylish at the same time. Target, Lulu Lemon, Anthropologie, Nordstrom and now Express are some of my absolute favorite stores to shop at for active wear and active gear. Why not work out now when you can do it in style?! ; )

Workout and Fitness Tips:

Believe it or not, my little sister has been able to somewhat be a personal trainer for me since she's a competitive gymnast. She works so hard every single day and now that the gymnastics season has begun for both club and for her varsity team at school, she works out for approximately 4-5 hours a day! How insane?! I guess that's why she has abs and I don't! Anyway, she's given me so many great workouts that go alongside eating healthier to help shed the pounds. Here's some of my favorite tips I've come across:

1. Always warm up before working out! Whether you're doing leg day, arm day, ab day, a mix or anything else, warming up before hand is so important for your muscles and so that you don't get hurt.

2. During each workout, try and raise the bar a little bit. If you do a couple more sets/reps during each workout, your stamina will improve and you'll be able to workout for longer periods of time and do more intense workouts.

3. Drink water!! Seriously - before, during, after - this is one of the most important things. It may seem obvious, but the more water you drink the better off you are. Luckily for me, all I'll drink is water and I hate soda so I find myself drinking anywhere from 7-10 water bottles a day.

4. Find a time that works best for you. Whether it's just the time that fits best in your schedule or a time that you find you have the most energy in a day, picking a time and trying to stick to it will help with your workouts. For me, runs in the early morning have been most beneficial.

5. Two things are crucial for a great workout: a good playlist and a yummy breakfast! I've created a few workout playlists with my favorite upbeat songs. This is something my sister told me to do - when she's at gymnastics and the girls are conditioning, they often play upbeat music to get them pumped up and ready to condition. Something I love to are smoothies, so drinking cleansing smoothies is something I've been trying to do more of since they're so good for you and so helpful in creating more energy that lasts the whole day!

Have you been trying to workout more? What routine works best for you?

XOXO

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40 comments :

  1. I love, love, love my Fitbit!! I also can't live without it! I love those leggings and will look into getting me a pair for sure. Great tips!! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. The outfit kills me :( I love those legging pants! However, on the tips, when I am working out and drink water during the work out, it doesn't feel right, i fill heavy and my belly does weird noises with the water, however drinking it before and after is a must, I also after it I drink hot green tea to eliminate toxins! :D

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  3. Obsessed with the black high-kneck sports bra! I also can't live without my Fitbit! I have a Charge HR and love keeping up with my heart rate!

    -Betsy
    www.goldwilldigger.com

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  4. Those compression leggings look great and a fitbit is on my list!

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  5. I cannot wait to get the okay to start working out again. This time around I have my awesome FitBit and cannot wait to use it!

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  6. Love all the pieces! I have a Fitbit and love it too! It's really motivating to hit your step goal! Great tips as well!

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  7. <3 all of the items you featured here and can't live without my Fitbit either. That sports bra though... SO CUTE!

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  8. I love your tips! I am starting a new program this year and I need all the tips I can get! I need to build my stamina up.

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  9. Wearing stylish active wear helps build my confidence for some reason. This in turn helps me to achieve what I need to. Wonderful tips and information.

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  10. Wow--your sister works out for 4-5 hours a day!?! Go her! :) I think I'd be more motivated to work out with cute clothes, as my current wardrobe of tattered shirts and shorts doesn't really get me excited to do anything. :)

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  11. Love the workout gear. I've never really had a gear for working out. Although I make sure I wear all the appropriate clothes.

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  12. Like the work out gears. Stylish great tip to start exercise.

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  13. I love working out in cute clothes -- definitely a big motivator for me.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  14. I love really cute outfits for working out it just makes it so much fun.

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  15. Great workout and fitness tips! I love all the pieces you've put together! I love cute workout outfits.

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  16. Love those Nike shoes! I'd be motivated to walk farther distances if I had them! The Fit Bit Flex activity bracelet would also be a good to have!

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  17. Everything looks great. I like the fitness tracker and the socks are super cute.

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  18. When my first bub came, I had to stop working out. Maybe after my second one comes out, I can finally start a new regimen to get back on ideal weight and

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  19. Awesome active wear. Hope I can get all of them for a more comfortable work out sessions.

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  20. Love those sports wear! One of this is would be perfect for my gym wardrobe.

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  21. Great tips! I really need to drink more water. It one of my resolutions every year.

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  22. Loving the compression leggings and nike sneakers are so comfortable! All these outfits are so cute and motivate me to want to want to work out.

    Xoxo
    Christina
    Www.styletothet.com

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  23. Loving the compression leggings and nike sneakers are so comfortable! All these outfits are so cute and motivate me to want to want to work out.

    Xoxo
    Christina
    Www.styletothet.com

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  24. I'm a little obsessed with workout gear, but have yet to try the line from Express. Need to check that out the next time I'm at the mall. - Katy

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  25. Oh my word so cute! Having cute workout clothes and putting them on first thing in the morning motivates me to work out so much more :-)

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  26. Great tips! Water is a definite must. I also think finding the right type of workout for the individual is really important.

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  27. I usually just workout in whatever I don't want to be beseen in outside the house. But, these are cute!!! I may have to rethink this.

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  28. I love my Fitbit! It motivates me to keep moving. Great tips!

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  29. Those are so beautiful! I love pretty workout wear, more motivation to show it off.

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  30. Great advice! I always love getting new workout clothes.

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  31. This year I've been trying to fit a workout in my daily life. So far it's going alright I'd say!

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  32. those indeed looks so cute for the exercise routine!

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  33. I always feel so unattractive whilst exercising and tend to wear baggy clothes to cover up what I want to loose but maybe I will have more confidence if I wear proper sports wear and look as good as I am feeling. The Fitbit looks like an interesting buy

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  35. I am amazing about your well written articles about gym wear have inspires me a lot of- really gives me an insight on this topic.Really more informative with us thanks for sharing weightlifting shirts.

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  36. Keep posting the good work. Some really helpful information in there. Bookmarked. Nice to see your site
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  37. These work out clothes are thick, not see through, soft, and extremely comfortable. As a wear alone legging or a workout legging I would highly recommend these. With that being said, I recently found a hole along the seam in one of my pairs of leggings.

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  38. Wearing proper workout apparel is important in anyone's exercise program, plus, if you are wearing some stylish stuff, it makes working out a bit more fun! Aside from that, the proper shoes can be important to the structure of your entire spine!http://bestshoeswomen.com/best-shoes-for-aerobics/

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  39. Take note that if your workout schedule takes place outside the home, at the gym or wherever, it's automatically easier to find excuses Jennifer .

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