Essential Workout Wear for Active Women

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We all enjoy the benefits of a good workout. Whether you prefer limbering up with yoga, going for long and relaxing jogs, getting lean and mean with cardio kickboxing classes, or hiking in the great outdoors, taking the time to move your body is physically, mentally, and spiritually rewarding. Not only is working out a great way to improve your health and fitness level, it’s also the perfect “reset” for a bad day, a practice you can develop over time, and a sacred ritual reserved just for you. And now that summer is right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to dedicate a few hours a week to toning up for a season of sunshine, vacations, and a flurry of activity.

All this is why it’s a good idea to have some nice exercise clothing on hand for any time the fitness urge strikes. Otherwise, you may feel inspired to hit the gym or go for a run, only to realize you’re short on those pieces you need to get moving. The foundations of a great fitness wardrobe are made up of only a few key pieces. Therefore, it is easy and affordable to build a well-curated collection of workout wear that makes you feel powerful, motivated, and beautiful.

Keep reading for a checklist of workout essentials that will help you make the most of your fitness routine.

A fun and colorful workout top.

Unless you work out every single day (and congratulations to those of you who do!), you should need only three or four workout tops to get you through the week. But fitness tops vary in styles, so it’s a good idea to have a few different models on hand. Cotton tees are versatile enough for light workouts and can be worn home straight from the gym. Meanwhile, fitted or loose-fitting tank tops are great for staying cool during intense sweat sessions like cycling or cardio classes.

A comfortable sports bra.

Without a few reliable sports bras, you may never feel free to really give your all during your exercise routine. But a good sports bra will keep you confident and comfortable throughout the most ambitious workout. Choose a style that fits your body type and your fitness needs. Compression sports bras support you without any inbuilt cups, while encapsulation sports bras feature lightly or heavily padded cups and may also have underwires. Make sure that the style you choose fits snugly without pinching or chafing.

Perfect workout leggings.

Stretchy workout pants are a gift to all women! They sculpt your figure in all the right places, and most pairs are lightweight enough to keep you cool and energized during your workout. Invest in two or three high-quality pairs for years of workouts. It’s a good idea to buy at least one full-length legging in black, because these can double as streetwear if need be. But feel free to enjoy second or third pairs in different colors, styles, and lengths.

An outer layer for chilly or rainy workouts.

You’ll need a good outer layer to warm up your muscles at the beginning of a workout, or to keep yourself cozy during cool evening or morning outdoor jaunts. There are lots of great options to choose from, like high-quality hoodies, fleecy pullover sweatshirts, or lightweight zip-up jackets. Choose a figure-flattering style that skims your body and gives you a sleek silhouette.

Cushiony soft sneakers.

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Gone are the days of bulky and unflattering tennis shoes that should only ever be worn in the gym. Many of thesneakers today are so streamlined, stylish, and comfortable that they look great whether you’re going for a run or just running errands around town. Choose a pair that is designed for your preferred workout, whether it is running, walking, or cross training. As far as sneaker shade goes, you can choose from a neutral shade like black, white, or charcoal, or make a colorful statement with a stylish pale pink or teal pair. 

Remember that it’s important to devote time and energy to regular exercise. A few good workout pieces will empower you to take charge of your health and well-being so you can reap the many benefits of fitness. So, the next time you feel like skipping that trip to the gym, just get dressed and get going. By the time you’ve laced up your shoes, you will be ready to move your body and renew your spirit.


  • Marla Tomazin

    Marla Tomazin, Certified Image Consultant, established her image consulting business in 1990 with the goal of helping clients identify an authentic image and develop its effective expression. Marla utilizes her abilities in evaluating body shape, movement, and coloring as well as synthesizing optimal cuts, lines, colors, and textures. This results in balance and proportion that accentuate attributes and conceal flaws. Marla has appeared on numerous TV and radio stations and programs. Visit

2 Responses

  1. Joan Pagano says:

    Well said, Marla! Love the message you send that you need to be prepared for a variety of activities, but it only takes a minimum of pieces. You just feel so much better when you have the right gear for the weather and type of workout you’re planning, plus you know you look good! Stretched out, faded leggings and over-sized t-shirts are so last year.

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