Help ease the transition from couch to gym with some new additions to your kit.
Whether you’ve taken up a new fitness class as part of your ‘New Year New Me’ mantra or you are a devout gym bunny - there is nothing quite like the motivation of some new threads to get you in the mood for training.
Making it easier on us all, activewear is becoming increasingly fashionable, desirable and affordable. Not to mention the technical innovations that have improved fabrics, fits and performance. (Gone are the days of grubby white plimsolls and grey marl tracksuits.)
However, it’s important to realise that what you wear has a more important function than making you look the part - particularly when it comes to your feet and chest.
Monika Czubak, a running and fitness buyer for Life Style sports, urges women to ensure they are wearing the correct sports bra for the exercise they are doing.
For cycling, yoga or pilates, a fitted soft bra or crop top will give sufficient support and comfort. But when it comes to cardio exercise or aerobics, a supportive bra that minimises movement is essential.
When running or doing intensive activity, a high impact sports bra is imperative. Go to your nearest sports store and try on a range of styles and shapes in person to ensure that you find the bra that is the right one for you and your lifestyle (try jumping up and down or doing jumping jacks on the spot to make sure it doesn’t bunch up or cut into your skin.)
Millie & Gym Amelia Medium Support Bra, €20, Life Style Sports
The best bra for you is the one that minimises movement - you should never have to worry about your chest while working out.
Many women experience breast injury from tissue moving up and down during exercise as they are not wearing the right support. A lack of support not only leads to pain and discomfort, but tissue damage can result in stretch marks or sagging. And that’s not only for the ladies with bigger cups. Even women with small chests should be paying attention to avoid permanent damage to connective tissue, ligaments and muscle.
Life Style Sports offer both performance orientated bras and workout bralets from brands including Nike, Adidas,Under Armour, Millie & Gym and Shock Absorber.
Skechers have unveiled their newest collection of ‘Memory Foam’ shoes in a variety of bright colours and patterns. The cushioned insole offers the right amount of support for most exercises in the gym.
If you are a runner, or you are looking to complete your first 5k, it is important to invest in a functional pair of running shoes that will absorb shock as your foot hits the ground.
The right running shoes will not only enhance your performance, but reduce blisters, stress fractures and heel spurs.
Skechers 'GOrun' and 'GOride' (from €90) Adidas 'Galaxy Elite' (from €50) or the best selling Nike 'Free Runs' (from €100) are good options from three reputable brands.
Life Style Sports offer a free ‘Gait Analysis’ foot scanning service in selected stores nationwide which allows the Sports Product Experts to quickly and easily analyse your foot strike to find the right footwear for your running style, maximizing performance and minimizing the risk of injury.
Meanwhile, if you are just dipping your toes into a new get-fit regime, there are plenty of high street options to get you kitted out at affordable prices.
Penneys are offering a range of stylish and practical activewear in black, coral, mint green and grey. They also carry everything from yoga mats to water bottles for reasonable price points.