When it comes to having a healthy long-term relationship with exercise, finding something that you love to do is key. Our social media feeds may have us fooled into thinking we should all be doing the same thing, be it the weightlifting, HIIT classes or, more recently, long-distance running (damn the London Marathon giving me FOMO). But actually, exercise is as attuned to our personal taste as food is, and if you want to actually enjoy the process of getting fit - which is, shockingly, the key to maintaining it - you need to find your very own signature dish.
And once you've found it? You'll need your armor. For many of us, attempting to exercise, whether we're trying something new or are seasoned pro's, involves a lot of pre-gaming - that is, psyching yourself up to actually walk out of the changing rooms.
Having the perfect kit might sound frivolous, but knowing you look and feel good in what you're wearing is nothing to scoff at when it gives you the confidence to get the job done. With that in mind, we've handpicked our favourite fit kits for any type of exercise, from swimming to strength training and beyond.
Best sportswear for strength training
You’re more likely to stick to your gym goals if you feel comfortable in your kit. Time to upgrade the sloppy tee and saggy leggings...
Gymshark x Whitney Simmons mesh leggings, £50
These leggings are, without a doubt, the comfiest I own. Soft to touch and with tons of stretch, they somehow manage to still pull you in in all the right places - and the ruching along the bum makes for the perfect lift. If there's one pair of leggings you should own, it's these!
Best sportswear for tennis (and sporty dates)
Adidas' tennis collection dubbed '#TennisLuxe' is chic, comfortable and most importantly: it can be worn both on and off the court. Here's our favourite picks from the collection, and what to wear it with on your outdoor dates this year...
Adidas tennis skirt, £35Shop now
Best sportswear for running
Already got an armband for your smartphone? Go totally hands-free with a sports bra with built-in bottle holder...
adidas SOLARBOOST 3
Whether you're a beginner or advanced runner, these are the must-have shoes for you. They're all about making you run faster with more ease and less energy used. How? The trainers feature their LEP system - a horseshoe-shaped plastic insert that sits underneath the midsole - allowing you to get optimal energy return while the Boost midsole provides intense cushioning for a comfortable and stable run. Tried and tested here at Grazia, we can vouch for this shoe completely - who doesn't need trainers that give them an extra boost while you run?
Best sportswear for swimming
A soggy towel stuffed in a dripping tote is never fun. Get organised with a micro fibre towel and bag with wet and dry compartments...
SPEEDO, Endurance+ Medalist Womens Swimsuit, £15
The classic Baywatch shape comes in four-way stretch to aid movement, from Speedo.
Best sportswear for flexibility training
You don’t want to be doing downward dog in see-through leggings. Seek out sculpting and smoothing gymwear in hi-tech fabrics
Lululemon yoga mat, £48buy
Best sportswear for sweaty cardio
Invest in a waterproof jacket, lightweight trainers and a good sports bra and you’ll always be ready to get your heart rate in the training zone.