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January has long been a time to give up life’s little luxuries and start juicing celery sticks.
Personally I don’t go in for all that. <br>I can’t think of a worse time of year to forgo the glass of red and slab of cheese that make dark winter evenings more bearable. <br>And, if you are kicking 2023 off with a health kick, I believe you should do it in a way that brings some joy into your daily routine.
sparkle may be gone, but the shops are now full of fashion-conscious workout wear that will have you trotting off to your spin class in style. <br>And you don’t need to spend a small fortune on designer kit any longer.
Post-pandemic, your favourite High Street shops are offering active collections that deliver on performance as well as aesthetics. <br> Jacket, £15, hm.com; T-shirt, £19.90, and socks, £12.90 (pack of 3), uniqlo.
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My trusty sports bra holds everything in place just as successfully as the pricey versions I own, looks great and washes beautifully. <br>In fact, M&S has serious form when it comes to sportswear.
Its Goodmove range is a favourite among limber fashion folk who swear by the affordable pieces that look just as good in the gym as they do for post-workout brunch. <br> Jacket, £34.90, uniqlo.com; top, £22, gap.
co.uk; leggings, £59, whistles. com; socks, £12, falke.com; trainers, £72, zalando.co.uk<br> Hoodie, £22, bonmarche.
co.uk; leggings, £16, marksand spencer.com; socks, £9.99, hm.com; trainers, as before<br> Left: Top, £79, and leggings, £59, whistles.com; jacket (worn around waist), £25, hm.com; socks, as before; trainers, £14, marksand spencer.com.
Right: Gilet, £39, marks andspencer.com; sweatshirt, £8, asda. com/george; leggings, £18, bonmarche.com; socks, £12.90 (pack of 3), uniqlo.com; trainers, as before<br>Current highlights include the waterproof padded jacket which will keep you warm and dry on gym trips, the breathable cotton hoodies and leggings in a variety of fits to suit high and low-impact activities, plus they have ‘blackout technology’ to stop your pants showing through when bending over.
Speaking of leggings, Whistles is also a brand to note. The blue colour-block style will add a pop of brightness to your run on dark winter mornings, while the grey wrap leggings have a high waist to keep hips and tum secure. <br>For comfortable tops in every colour imaginable, head to Uniqlo.
Its AIRism styles are made from super-light fabric and have seamless hems that don’t rub when you move. And if you want cover-ups with fashion flair, H&M is the go-to. Try the retro green track jacket or go full statement in the silver running anorak. As for trainers, unless you’re planning on running a marathon you don’t need to blow the budget on an expensive hi-tech pair.
M&S trainers have specially designed insoles for maximum support — so you’ll get 2023 off on the right foot.<br> Jacket, £25, and socks, £9.99, hm.com; hoodie, £29.50, Pragmatic Play gilet, £39, marksand spencer.com; leggings, £15.99, newlook.com; trainers, as before<br> Jacket, £25, and socks, £9.99, hm.com; hoodie, £29.50, gilet, £39, marksand spencer.com; leggings, £15.99, newlook.com; trainers, as before<br><br>