Best Fitness Gear 2021
New year, new fitness routine? We're with you! Here's the Muddy edit of stylish sportswear and accessories that'll have you in tip-top form in no time.
Sluggish? Demotivated? Still snacking on Christmas cake (or even just the icing)? Well, you’re certainly not alone but if you’re aching for clearer skin, better sleep, a more positive mindset and less love on those handles, it’s time to get moving. And what more motivation do you need to slip into your exercise gear than making it brand new and fancy? Here’s what we’re sporting while running away from the kids. Sorry, I mean, around the park.
Rise and shine
Need new threads for Joe Wicks in the morning? M&S’ new Goodmove activewear collection has some great options at an even better price point. We’re mainlining this functional yet pretty 2-in-1 teal design (and the pink version too for that matter).
Sweat-wicking, quick-drying and bum-sculpting (Kim K booty, here we come) these leggings are designed specifically for running with a flattering high waist and compression technology to keep all your bits in place when you sprint. Available from Sweaty Betty.
We like to move it, move it
Love an online HIIT class, or looking to start one this lockdown? We think a new pair of trainers is the perfect motivator, especially when they are as directional as this Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2 pair, designed specifically for high-intensity moving, lunging and jumping.
Won’t go running without your phone (how else can you listen to a brilliant podcast en route)? Then you’ll be needing this nifty lightweight adjustable belt from Lulu Lemon with space for your tech, keys and, erm, snacks.
Take the plunge
Swimming pools aren’t open in lockdown (or is anything else for that matter), but you could give open water swimming a whirl – go on, we dare you. Made by triathlon goggle specialists Zone3, this pink pair won’t leave you with ring marks and function in both fresh and chlorinated water for when gyms finally reopen.
Bold is best
Stop traffic (if only there was any!) in this bright orange half-zip from Adidas’ new collaboration with Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss that comes in a pleasingly inclusive range of sizes (2XS – 2XL). Colour-shy? The style is also available in black.
Time to tone
Available in several muted and pastel tones, it’s easy to see why Bala Bangles are popular among the Insta and fashion circles. Made with soft silicone, the weights can be worn on your wrists or ankles when working out (or even just watching the telly).
Featuring a selection of forest greens, electric blues and animal prints, hush has upped its eco creds for its 2021 activewear range that uses sustainable performance fabric ECONYL®. Top of our wish list is this striking blue set.
Leggings £59, bra £39
Indie brand Nimble fuses impressive sustainable brags with clever clogs design thanks to its range of fitness gear that features actual phone-sized pockets (huzzah!), including these bike shorts in the company’s trademark polka dot print.
Pretty in Pink
Prefer a low intensity burn to that a HIIT class? Look stylish whilst you stretch in this seamless sports bodysuit with light support from H&M. The dusky pink hits all the right style notes.
What dreams are made of
WFH, homeschooling and national lockdown #3 bringing your stress level to boiling point? Ditto. Carve out five minutes to go your happy place with the help of this dreamy watercolour yoga mat from Spanish brand Oysho (be sure to check out the chic loungewear on site, too).
Ten points if you can guess what this sports bra is made from? (Answer: it’s 11 plastic bottles!). With simple, chic design, competitive pricing and an inclusive range of sizes, indie brand The Girlfriend Collective is an easy choice.