It’s starting to get really warm and humid here already, and I’m having flashbacks to last summer when I barely exercised outside at all. Not good. I don’t want to repeat that again so I need to find some summer / spring exercise clothes that will keep me cool (and fast).
I was browsing Nordstrom’s website (always a favorite pastime!), and I found a cute cut-out tank. It seemed like the perfect thing! It basically has built in air-conditioning, but it’s not too bare.
I decided to build a colorful and fun outfit around the tank.
The grey tank goes is really versatile and could go with anything, really. I chose to pair it with a fun purple that reminds me of Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year. The purple really brightens up the grey. Once the weather gets really hot, I’d replace the capris with a pair of shorts. For cooler days – I’m sure there’s still a few left – just add a hoodie. I have a few hoodies from Lucy, and the thumb holes on this one are a great feature!
The tank has a built-in shelf bra, but I’d wear a regular sports bra for added support. This one from Glamorise comes in cup sizes from C to G, making it perfect for us well-endowed ladies.
Cute accessories are a necessity, of course! A patterned headband and colorful shoes are pretty and functional, too. And I love these white aviators from Oakley. I definitely need a pair of those. If it’s too hot and you’re headed to the gym, don’t leave without a great bag to hold all of your stuff. The fun graffiti pattern on this MZ Wallace bag caught my eye immediately.
Finally, don’t forget sunscreen! If you’ve read any of my beauty posts, you’ll know I never leave home without it (rain or shine). Supergoop! is a favorite of mine.
Is it starting to warm up where you live? How do you stay cool while exercising?
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I have to laugh, because when I took these pictures on Sunday, New York was experiencing a heat wave. We are talking upper 40’s. After the freezing weather we’ve been getting, it felt like spring (no need for a hat, even). Of course, the city was hit by another snow storm yesterday, and it’s back to chilly temps, too!
Anyway, I’ve said it before: one of the things that motivates me to exercise is fun clothes. So I was super excited to receive a pair of Reebok shoes courtesy of the People StyleWatch StyleHunters Network.* The best thing about these shoes is that I got to custom design them from toe to heel. It was so much fun!
I chose the RealFlex Scream 2.0, but there are other options, too, including special cross fit shoes and even Freestyles. Yes, they still make those classic high tops! There are lots of fun options for colors, and even patterns, but I went with a black base with turquoise and neon yellow highlights.
I’m really happy with my design, and the best part is that the shoes are super comfortable, too. The front of the shoe is very lightweight and flexible, while the heel is sturdy and supportive. Try your hand at creating your own pair here. I came up with about 10 designs before I settled on this one; it was so hard to choose my favorite!
These bright shoes inspired the rest of my outfit.
This is a typical winter exercise outfit for me. I started with a long-sleeve, breathable t-shirt and a pair of compression pants. These are my favorite pants; they’re slim and super stretchy (plus, no transparency issues like one brand whose name I will not mention). I topped that with a cozy, fleece-lined pullover (on sale for $11.99!), and added a pair of toasty gloves. As I mentioned, the weather was warm, so there was no need for a hat.
This is my go to outfit for a winter walk or jog. It’s warm, but not so much so that I become uncomfortable as my body heats up. Perfect!
Do you want to head outdoors, too? Try these tips for exercising in cold weather:
Dress in layers. Wear a jacket over an insulating long-sleeved t-shirt or a pair of regular pants over thermal tights.
Look for exercise gear that is specifically made for cold weather, such as fleece-lined pants and hats with built-in headphones.
Avoid drafts by wearing long tops, slim-leg pants with a generous inseam, and tall socks.
Don’t forget a hat and gloves. You can always remove them if you get too hot.
Make the most of the snow! Take your kids sledding for an hour or go snow shoeing. Personally, I love cross-country skiing! One of my favorite memories from last winter was seeing all the cross-country skiers out in Central Park after a big storm!
Watch out for ice. Stick to sidewalks and paths that are clear and slip free.
If the temperature dips below freezing (hello, Polar Vortex, I’m talking about you!), don’t risk it. Stay inside and hit the treadmill or workout with a favorite exercise video.
I have to give special thanks to my husband, who took these pictures. I’m no fashion blogger, and between my uncomfortable poses and his directions, it was quite the photography session. You should see the outtakes (#awkward)!
Do you exercise outside in winter, or do you like to keep it cozy and workout inside?