I have a lot of fitness clothing. A lot. It’s as a result of the fact that I can’t control myself in the presence of pink or any bright colours that I think will make me look good while exercising. I want to say my fitness clothing wardrobe looks great and is colour co-ordinated but I’ll be honest instead and say that I have a big huge drawer absolutely jammers with stuff. The only problem is I don’t wear half of it. Why? Because most of the clothing and footwear I’ve bought is clearly designed for the looking good part but not so much the exercise part. So here are three of my favourite pieces that are actually functional too and a little about why I love them so.
I get asked at least once a week what are the best runners for exercising and the answer is unfortunately I don’t know. I don’t know because what works for me might not work for you. That’s really annoying because it often means spending a fortune on a pair only to discover a week later that they are cutting the heels off of you or causing your feet to cramp etc but with a bit of luck it won’t take you as long as it took me to find THE ONE.
I have a flat foot. I have no arch whatsoever. I’ve been told by one sports shop that I need support and by another that I don’t so I was always confused when buying runners and often made the wrong choice. Thankfully however I picked up a pair of Nike Frees about 3 years ago and it was like a true Cinderalla moment as they fit and functioned perfectly. Some people find they need one type of runner for running and another for exercise classes but my Nike Frees work for everything. I have about 6 pairs now and am coveting my next purchase. I get mine in either Lifestyle Sports or Nike in Kildare Village.
Running Leggings (tights, pants whatever you want to call them!)
There is nothing as annoying as when you’re out for a run and next thing you look down and your running leggings are around your ankles! Ok bit of an exaggeration but seriously some of them are made so badly that you spend most of your run trying to yoink them back up. A drawstring is your only man here. That’s why I love Nike Dri Fit. They come up nice and high, have the drawstring and also a little zippy pocket in the back where you can keep your phone (but not an iPhone 6 as you’ll se in my next piece), money or keys. They’re also full length but have a zip along each side at the bottom so if you get too warm up can open them, hoosh them up to the knees and make them capris. I have about 5 pairs of these and the oldest are probably as many years old. I wore them throughout my pregnancy and they never lost shape. Again Lifestyle Sports or Nike in Kildare Village are my go-to shops for these.
On a side note I’m kind of excited about the new Nike Sculpt Tights that have a lovely high waist and promise to suck in all the body bits women hate but at €90 I’m going to have to have a good look at these bad boys before I purchase. If I do I’ll report back and let you know what I think.
Phone Carrier Thingy
Officially known as an Expandable Running Waistpack this has been a lifesaver for me since a phone-left-on-car-roof-incident forced me to change my phone. I was really quite devastated when I realised the 6 didn’t fit into the back pocket of my Dri Fits anymore. I have to have music or a podcast on when I run and cannot bear carrying my phone in one of those arm straps. This little gem buckles around your waist and the material expands to allow you to fit your phone in. Lifestyle Sports again.
As I said I have loads of fitness clothing but these three are my favourites. When it comes to tops I have to give a shout out to H&M. They make lovely, affordable tops that wash really well and are just a lovely fit. I find the sports brand tops can often be either too tight or too loose. Life is hard enough at 5km or doing a Burpee without either losing blood supply to a limb or exposing yourself to all and sundry.
Jesus I’m dying to go shopping now.