Witness the fitness – best sports kit for 2019
Finding it hard to keep that hardcore new exercise regime going? Buy some slinky new kit and you'll be sprinting around the park faster than Mo Farah (possibly)
If your fitness wear has a ‘Boris Johnson papped while jogging vibe’ (and I can vouch for the look – I used to jog around Highbury Fields at the same time he did!) it’s definitely time to upgrade your gear. There’s nothing like a bit of new kit to lift the spirits in dull old January and Febuary, after all. Here’s the snazzy stuff we’re currently sporting to faithfully do our daily 8,000 burpees (honest, guv).
The ASOS 4505 range, from £16
There’s more to ASOS than bodycon dresses for 17-year-olds, doncha know. They recently launched their first activewear range and it’s pleasingly inclusive, with petite, standard and curve sizes within the range. It’s excellently priced too – these dark green leggings are £18 and this vest, with its flattering scooped hem, is just £16. Nice one!
Boudavida range, from £22
This Somerset company donates 5% of all sales of its cool and easy-to-wear active wear to female athletes, charities, clubs and projects. So you’ll feel great and you’re helping other women to feel great, too. Win-win, we say. These high-waisted 3/4 length spatter zoom leggings (£40) are perfect for yoga and running and look fab teamed with the Aura tee (£24) in lime, turquiose, black or pink. Available online or from their shop in Milsom Place, Bath.
Davy J swimming costume, £140
Doesn’t my bum look amazing in this swimsuit? Thanks Mr M for taking the photo. This ace new indie brand uses 100 percent recycled nylon from waste products including fishing nets – how cool is that? As well as excellent eco credentials, they promise durable, functional swimwear that you can actually swim in, rather than preen for Instagram photos. And you can pretend you’re in Baywatch wearing this vibrant cossie.
I run a lot (think Forrest Gump but less co-ordinated) and you can’t beat Sweaty Betty leggings, I say. Yes, they’re expensive but they last forever and come in groovy but flattering prints – like this one.
If you’re walking, cycling or skiing, Uniqlo thermals are the business. They’re thin enough to layer, super-cheap and now have impressive fashion credentials in the form of this collaboration with hip NYC designer, Alexander Wang. This ribbed top is niftily cut.
We love a bit of Stella for Adidas but it can be pricey. However we spotted these trainers in the sale for £126, down from £180. They’re chic enough to wear with jeans too. Sprint to the checkout before they go!
H&M sports bra, £9.99
H&M’s activewear is excellent value, which is good news if you’ve spent all your pennies on chocolate and wine. This sports bra comes in five colourways and costs less than a yoga class.
Free People top, £48
This US brand’s pieces are so pretty they don’t look like sportswear at all so well worth a look if you’re bored of black Lycra. I love the thumb loopholes on this performance top – means you get to keep your wrists warm and the sleeves don’t ride up while you work out.
Silou top (£99) and leggings (£159)
This luxury brand was launched in 2016 by an ex Victoria’s Secrets model and let’s face it, those girls know a thing or two about fitness wear (you don’t get a body like that without sweating hard). Given that I’m definitely not a VS model, I’ll skip the backless unitard on the site (yikes) but I do rather like this top and leggings in the enticingly named shade, chilli oil.
Dopper water bottle, £12.50
Thirty quid for a water bottle? Er, no thanks! I can’t believe how expensive some of the hip new brands are – who’d have thought the water bottle would replace the handbag as the new status accessory. Dopper, though, are well-priced and donate a percentage of their profits to safe drinking water initiatives around the world.
M&S yoga bag, £19.50
M&S is another high street store that nails activewear. 2019 is the year I will finally invest in a yoga bag like a proper grown-up and this one is cool in a low-key way.
Lululemon gym towel, £20
Think you don’t need a mini-towel for workouts when you’ve got millions of spare hand towels in the airing cupboard? Think again, lady! This nifty number is ideal for the gym, spin and yoga classes where you do more than just lying on the floor. It’s made from a mega-absorbent micro-fibre and could almost pass as a scarf. Sold!