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Break a style sweat with our fitness fashion

Striders Edge compression sports bra, �35 (www.stridersedge.com <http://www.stridersedge.com>). Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Striders Edge compression sports bra, �35 (www.stridersedge.com ). Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Cava out, cardio in. It’s that time on the calendar when we give our sports kits a serious workout.

No matter how temporary, a devotion to fitness is undoubtedly the heavyweight of the New Year resolution list. But despite the good intentions, it’s estimated £37 million a year is wasted on unused gym memberships, according to accountants Crunch.co.uk.

If your resolve is slipping already, step up your motivation levels with a new fit kit and visions of Jessica Ennis’s abs.

Following a golden Olympic year, sportswear was still at the forefront of designers’ minds, with catwalks firmly clinging on to the athletic vibe for spring/summer 13.

Time to make the treadmill your style runway.

*Fresh air fanatic

A sports kit is a whole different ball game for those who get their fitness fix in the great outdoors.

Cotton is an absolute no-no as it absorbs heat and moisture and keeps it clinging to your body.

In the winter months, look to multiple layers of lightweight breathable clothing.

High-tech ‘wicking’ fabrics help cool your body more efficiently and expel moisture. Magic!

See a footwear specialist to assess your running gait and seek a pair with soles equipped for the terrain you’re running on.

*Gym bunny

Those baggy jogging bottoms you lived in during the Christmas holidays should be banished to the back of the wardrobe.

Put yourself on the fast track to a lean body with go faster stripes, zingy brights and lashings of supportive lycra that will get you bounding out of the gym changing rooms.

Banish the bounce with a supportive sports bra. If you have a bigger bust, avoid the generic ‘small’, ‘medium’ or ‘large’ and look for a style that’s made for your individual size for the ultimate workout partner.

*Mat member

Those who are right at home in a studio or, well, your own living room, can be a lean mean machine in the right togs.

Forget layers and poise in super-soft cottons and silk mixes.

Whether it’s yoga, Pilates or yoga-lates, your workout routines are all about stretching and flexibility so comfort is key.

The term body-skimming might seem scary but baggy clothing can be revealing and obstructive when you’re hovering in Downward Dog position. But go too tight and you’ll restrict your full range of motion.

Sidewalk super-jock

Win gold medals for your take on the sports luxe trend with catwalk-inspired detailing. Monochrome, as seen in abundance at Alexander Wang S/S13, is the athletic colour palette to jump through hoops for.

Look for traditional gym shapes like jogging bottoms or gym shorts in surprising fabrics, like leather. You might as well take advantage of the fact that you won’t be breaking out in a sweat - unless you spot a 50 per cent off sign. Bridge the gap between trainers and heels with a pair of wedge trainers.

 

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