Fitness

END OF SUMMER WORKOUTS WITH OLD NAVY ACTIVE

The Steele Maiden: End of Summer Workouts with Old Navy Active

At the end of last year I switched to morning workouts and it changed my life. I used to go to the gym 2 mayyyybe 3 days a week. Exhausted from a long day at the office and anxious thinking about all the things I still needed to do when I got home that night. It just wasn’t working. But then..

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CUTE ACTIVEWEAR WITH AERIE

The Steele Maiden: New Year Workout Routine + Cute Activewear with Aerie

How are those New Year’s resolutions going friends? While I don’t really subscribe to the whole crash diet starting January 1st mindset, I love using a new year as a chance to raise the bar for myself when it comes to my usual routine. This time it’s another half marathon in the spring. Gulp. But as always in life, a cute outfit doesn’t hurt the efforts.

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WARM TO THE CORE WITH UNIQLO HEATTECH

The Steele Maiden: Must Have Winter Activewear with Uniqlo Heattech

If you’ve been following along on Instagram then you know that at the start of the month I switched from my usual post-workday workouts to a morning routine. With an increasingly busy work/blog schedule leading into the holiday season, my 7PM workouts were only adding to my stress and felt more counter-productive than anything. But in the mornings – my mind is clear and I’m left feeling energized for the entire day ahead. Sounds great right?

There’s just one problem. As the colder days creep in, the number one thing that keeps me hitting snooze is the thought of leaving my warm bed and venturing out into the chilly morning air. Whether it’s just a brisk 5 minute walk to my nearby gym or a long run along the East River – I hate the thought of starting my day freezing cold. Which is where the Uniqlo Heattech collection comes in.

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FITNESS-WEAR FAVORITES

Weekend Workouts with Lucy Activewear

Whether you made a resolution to finally get back into that gym routine, try a new fitness class or just are trying to work off a few of those Christmas cookies (insert me raising my hand here) – it always helps me find a little extra motivation when I’ve got new fitness gear. Here, my tried and true favorites:

JACKETS AND VESTS:

I look for pieces that are warm but lightweight and easily packable for fitting in a gym bag. A half zip pullover or quilted vest are great layering pieces for outdoor workouts or just getting to and from the gym.

LEGGINGS:

I used to go the cheap route here, but to be honest, after trying out slightly more premium options I don’t think I’ll ever go back when it comes to running leggings. These are so truly comfortable, moisture wicking and don’t wear out even after tons of wear and washing. But if you’re looking for an inexpensive option, these are on sale and work well for weight training or other lower intensity activities.

SPORTS BRAS:

Perhaps the most important layer – I have a variety based on activity. This maximum support option comes in cup sizes and are favorites for running, this medium support option works well for cycling or circuit training, and this low impact option is nice for barre classes or hot yoga.

TOPS:

My main concerns are soft and lightweight here – which luckily you can usually find on the cheap. A step up from your old freebie t-shirts but still totally affordable.

ACCESSORIES:

A well-stocked gym bag isn’t complete without hair ties, a water bottle, and a fitness tracker.

SNEAKERS:

I’ve worn this exact pair for almost 5 years now (I keep buying the same pair, currently on 3rd generation), so I firmly suggest finding your ‘sole mate’ and sticking to it. I use them for running and all other higher impact workouts, and then use these for getting to and from yoga, barre or cycling classes.

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WEEKEND WORKOUT WITH LUCY ACTIVEWEAR

Weekend Workouts with Lucy Activewear

The last time I teamed up with Lucy activewear I shared my tips for squeezing in workouts while you’re traveling. But these days it seems that I’m struggling to squeeze them in at home! October was a busy month and the weekends that we were in town seemed filled to the brim. Which is why Lucy’s fall collection – which performs great when I’m running miles, but also looks good when I’m running errands – has been perfect for throwing on and tackling a busy weekend head on.

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