By Amanda Griffin Jacob
When it comes to getting in shape, having the right gear is half the battle. You literally do what you wear. Meaning, looking the part helps to motivate you to exercise. Admit it, when you’re in your way-too-fabulous yoga outfit, it makes you want to get to the studio and jump on the mat. When you look the part you’re enthused to follow through. When you’re in a killing-it running ensemble, you literally feel the need for speed. No, I’m not making this up there’s research to back this theory up and it’s called “enclothed cognition,” which suggests that the clothing a person wears can trigger mental changes that positively affect their performance (womenshealthmag.com). It doesn’t just pertain to fitness wear. For example, studies have found that wearing a lab coat enhances performance in attention related tasks.
In line with this, I wanted to reveal my must-haves for my fitness passions yoga and running because they really are a huge part of how I am able to stay in shape through discipline, focus, and motivation. It doesn’t hurt that the outfits are super cute!
As I’ve mentioned before I’m a hot yoga fanatic. This means I must have all the right yoga gear which includes my Yogitoes non slip towel, bras (it is scorching in the hot room), and capris. Favorite brands include:
Onzie – I particular love the mesh capris which allow ventilation when I’m sweating up a storm
Manduka – their yoga clothing range is amazing
Easy Yoga – fabric that feels like butter and their designs are interesting as well as functional.
For running, one of my most important items is my Toe Sox knee high compression socks which allow me to run longer distances safely and prevent blisters. My preferred brands for running gear include:
Lorna Jane – They understand the needs of both runners and yogis
Beyond yoga – I use their short shorts to run
Manduka – I love their padded sports bras for extra support and anti chafing on long runs.
For both sports, I love the Chico bag which holds all my gear and I never go anywhere without my Klean Kanteen (no to single use plastics!!). If you like cold or hot drinks the insulated Klean Kanteen is the perfect choice. I have one go-to store for all my needs, which is Certified Calm. They really have the best and most extensive collection of brands in the country. Everything you need is in one convenient place.
Trust me when I say, if you want to get inspired to get moving…go shopping first and buy yourself some awesome outfits! It’s been proven to help your fitness goals!
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