It's been a long time coming, but gyms have finally started to reopen following closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you're rushing back to get every squat, lunge, thrust, and lift back into your weekly routine, you'll want to do so in style. While we've all been comfortable doing burpees and downward dogs in old sports bras, pyjama bottoms (we don't judge), and oversize tees in our living rooms, to various IG Live workouts from Body by Ciara or playing Joe Wicks's YouTube videos on repeat, we're guessing that you may want to elevate your outfit with some new activewear and accessories now that you're heading back to the gym. And what better time to revamp your workout wardrobe as we celebrate easing out of lockdown?
When it comes to your gym session, the phrase "dress for success" also applies. Not only will a new kit enhance your workout performance, but it'll also help increase your motivation levels and boost your confidence to walk back into a gym, too. According to a study by the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, clothing can influence your behaviour and attitudes because it carries a symbolic meaning, subconsciously changing how you act. So there we have it, splurging out on a brand new kit is worth the investment if it's something you're able to do at the moment.
So go ahead and browse our round up of the most stylish activewear pieces that combine impressive form and functionality — from energy-boosting (and injury preventing) trainers for avid road runners, to athlete-approved gym leggings that have been created by one of the world's most creative sports textile engineers out there. And if you've recently watched the head-spinning documentary Seaspiracy on Netflix and want to make a change to support our ecosystem, we've also included sustainable, earth-friendly pieces, plus the must-have accessories to carry in your gym bag. Get ready for your best sweat session yet.