New Year’s resolutions

Part 2 | Kit to help you get fit

03 Jan

Zhanna 3/4 running legging: £40; Kayleigh double layer vest: £45

The goal is set, 2017 is the year for getting fit. You’ve already made the first step by reading part 1 of our blog on how to make those New Year resolutions stick, now it’s time to find out how having the right kit can help you along the way.

Taking up yoga

The Animal Active Collection features yoga specific products, designed with an attention to detail only gained from an in-depth knowledge of yoga practice. From its zip free construction and hidden pocket, to the flat-front crossover waistband, the Niyama yoga legging gives the ultimate in comfort and performance, whilst the contrast monochrome print and kick-up hem at the ankles bring that little extra flair. Match with the Rebel Twist yoga vest, in barely-there 70gsm quick-dry polyester, perfect for those hot yoga sessions and with a beautiful twist-back detail.

Hitting the running track

Running is a brilliant New Year’s resolution. It’s an activity that’s free, you can begin small (couch to 5km proves that little steps can have great results) and if you find a running buddy, all-the-better. Whilst there’s no need for heaps of expensive kit, having a couple of pieces of purpose-made running wear can make the experience far more comfortable (and thus hopefully enjoyable!)

Moisture wicking fabric is one of the most important elements of running gear. Setting out on a frosty morning may feel as though you’ve stepped into the Arctic but once you get up a bit of steam, it’s amazing how quickly you heat up. Moisture wicking materials work by pulling sweat away from the body to the exterior of the garment where it can evaporate, keeping you light and cool. More importantly for this time of year, it stops a layer of sweat becoming trapped next to the skin, preventing you from catching cold once you slow down. The Allyson Rush fitness hoodie provides the optimum balance of warmth, supple stretch and moisture wicking properties for winter runs. With thumbholes, a snug hood, reflective detail and audio port, it’s the ideal garment to see you through the season. Combine with the Jess Shine moisture wicking long sleeve tee to ensure the layer next to your skin works just as hard as you are when you hit the track. A polyester/elastane mix gives the ideal amount of stretch, whilst flatlock seams keep the fit super smooth.

Running leggings are specifically designed to balance support with flexibility. Whether you choose the full length Eyelyn Ocean or Amy running leggings or the ¾ length Sienna Dawn or Zhanna, all utilise contoured multi panel construction and stretch fabrication to give locked in support for your muscles. The Sienna Dawn and Amy leggings combine mesh inserts for streetwear styling and cooling breathability, whilst the Eyelyn Ocean legging utilises ankle zips for a precision fit. Moisture wicking, supple stretch fabrication is a given, as are the added extras, including: reflective details for darkening nights, a hidden pocket to the waistband and a hairband zip pull feature.

Joining the gym

Taking out a new gym membership in January may seem a little predictable but why not begin the year with a fresh routine. Most gyms now offer a myriad of classes so there are plenty of different options to keep you committed well beyond those early weeks. Gym gear should combine style and performance, so you can feel confident when knocking out the circuits, dancing to the zumba beat, or pumping your way through a spin class. Animal Active is designed to enhance your natural energy, with athletic construction and performance fabrics leading the way. Get the basics right with the Lea Felix sports bra top complete with adjustable multi-way straps, moisture wicking fabric and hidden audio port. Alternatively, the Kayleigh double layer vest matches a looser long length outer vest (available in energizing pink or an all-over print inspired by the vivid colours of the Northern Lights) with an elasticated cropped sports bra top. Cut in a racer-back style, the two layers can be worn together or alone, making it an ideal multi-purpose top for the gym. Pair with the Sienna Dawn ¾ legging, featuring mesh panels—the lightest of fabrication yet still providing support for your muscles as you move.

Whether your New Year’s resolution is an epic challenge, a shared endeavor, or something more personal, the way to achieve it remains the same—to persevere one step, stride or leap at a time. Good luck!


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