Thursday 23 November 2017

15 stylish workout pieces to inspire you to hit the gym

Lynn Kelly for Life Style Sports
New Balance Windcheater, €77 from Littlewoods Ireland

Meadhbh McGrath

We may be fighting our way out from under the covers each morning and struggling through the first week back at work, but if anything can motivate us to start that new exercise regime, it’s stylish workout gear.

We’ve put together our top picks to keep you going wherever your New Year’s fitness resolutions may take you.


Eye-catching windcheater

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New Balance Windcheater, €77 from Littlewoods Ireland

Keep cold air out with this cool graphic printed windcheater. The front pockets can hold your phone and keys, while the wind- and water-resistant material will protect you from the elements. New Balance Windcheater, €77 from Littlewoods Ireland


Colour-blocked sports leggings

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Looking for something livelier than boring black, but every bit as functional and comfortable? These stylish leggings should do the job. Sports leggings, €19.99 from H&M


Super-soft running hoodie

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If you’re heading out for an evening jog, a long-sleeved but lightweight hoodie is an essential for the crisp January weather. Nike Element Overhead Hoodie, €62 from JD Sports


Neon-hued vest

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When you’re working up a sweat, workout clothes made from “wicking” fabric absorb moisture to keep you cool and comfortable. And don’t be afraid to add some colour to your fitness wardrobe, like this burst of lemon. GapFit Mesh Back Tank, €29.95 from Gap


Not your typical gym bag

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Half the battle of going to the gym is packing a bag, but this fabulous design by Stella McCartney is one you’ll definitely want to show off. StellaSport Backpack, €58 from


Colour-pop trainers

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Time to upgrade your running shoes – inject some energy into your workout by swapping tried-and-true colours for this bright pair, an ideal way to punctuate an otherwise neutral outfit. Nike Juvenate Trainers, €90 from Schuh


Patterned tights

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We can’t wait to take these cool print tights out for a spin. Not only are they super-soft, but the wide waistband is designed to sit higher on the waist to keep you covered when bending and stretching. Nike Legendary Engineered Lattice Tights, €105 from JD Sports


Colour-blocked sports bra

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Gone are the days when sports bras were hidden under a tracksuit. We fully support flaunting this colour-blocked number for all the world to see.Sports bra, €19.99 from H&M


Statement trainers

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The new metallic version of the minimal Air Max Thea is sure to stand out. We’d be tempted to wear these outside of the gym too. Nike Air Max Thea, €120 from JD Sports


Fashionable and functional yoga mat

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A unique yoga mat is an excellent way to express your sense of style during practice. We love this marble effect design – made from anti-slip material for good grip, it also has a handy carrying strap for easy transport. Yoga Mat, €48 from


Motivational leggings

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Not one to put much effort into your workout wear? Make a statement in these Beyonce-worthy leggings. Leggings, €19.99 from New Look


Throwback trainers

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If you want to go retro with your activewear, check out the ZX Flux, a throwback to the classic ZX 8000 silhouette from the 80s but updated with a modern, streamlined design. Adidas Originals ZX Flux, €90 from JD Sports


Lightweight running shorts

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These bright shorts are sure to get you out the door and into your workout. As well as adding the burst of colour we need during a dreary winter, they are designed with built-in anti-microbial briefs for comfortable and chafe-free support. Perfect Pace Shorts, €23 from Under Armour (


High-impact sports bra

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is expanding her lingerie range for M&S to include activewear, and it seems the British bombshell can do no wrong – we love this super-comfortable and supportive sports bra. Rosie for Autograph Sports Bra, €38 from Marks & Spencer


Reusable water bottle

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These stylish and eco-friendly bottles have achieved a cult-like status for their minimal design and ability to keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours. With plenty of different colours and designs, you’ll be sure to find a new on-the-go essential. S’Well Water Bottle, €35 from Amara

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