Sports wear – can it be functional and fashionable?

Good evening my fellow exercise bunnies, 

For today’s post I thought I would reveal my top picks of sports wear designers who have a proud place in my workout wardrobe. These brands have carved a comfortable niche in the market for being both functional and dare I say, fashionable in the fitness industry. 

I am so grateful that I had an extremely sporty, active childhood. My formative years were filled with bike rides in Epping forest, playing doubles tennis matches paired with my brother against my poor dad who had to run ragged to return the ball to us, attending swimming competitions and athletics meets.  I still have that passion as I approach my thirties but I would say my taste in sports wear has definitely changed for the better! 

In the summer, I am due to compete in my second triathlon which fills me with equal measures of excitement and competitive nervousness. To get me through that butterflies in the stomach feeling, these are the chosen clothing brands I have kitted myself out in ready for my upcoming race 😊

For the frantic swim in the wonderful, albeit cold Thames, the only brand I choose to wear for my wetsuit is Huub. Their designs are incredibly comfortable, streamlined and also uber flattering (ignoring the obvious seal impression references) 😀

For the bike leg, I love the apparel by Specialised for women which you can see suits my monochrome dress sense perfectly and for my cycling shoes I love the Italian brand Sidi. I have two pairs – one for training, one for racing and I always get compliments when I wear them! 



For the final, exhausted run section, I usually wear my second skin triathlon suits from Saucony or Ironman Activewear and my trainer of choice is only ever Nike. I find all of their running shoe styles come in great colour combinations and they also are the best fit for my running style. The lunar glides have been my go to for many years 😀 



When training in the gym, to fit my athletic frame, I love Nike leggings. I have some amazing patterned ones which always put a smile on my face and a few of my friends have commented on their sunny disposition when they see me in them. For vests and crop tops, I swear by USA Pro, and Nike again as they encase my broad shoulders in a flattering way and also come in some wonderful block bold colours. 



Some of the other accessories I cannot live without, getting me through my weekly training sessions are firstly my Garmin GPS which is my constant companion when I venture out on one of my many jaunts on my road bike. Also my iPod mini, playing an amazing selection of dance and electro tunes motivates me on my solo road runs. After a lot of trial and error (usually combined with an onslaught of expletives pouring out of me when another pair of earphones end up in the bin) the only ones I use now are the Phillips Sport collection. They actually stay in my ears for my whole run and another plus is their choice of dayglo colour schemes mean they will never again be lost at the bottom of my gym bag amongst the forgotten energy bars, yoga class passes or odd trainer sock.

To sum it up, Sportswear really does not have to be boring. If in doubt, go for a bright vest top and jazzy leggings when hitting the gym – even if you aren’t an elite athlete, at least you look good whatever activity you are doing😊

Until next week, take care Keya x

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