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5 Experts Fitness Tips for Your 2018 Resolutions

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Jessie Ajluni | Thursday December 28th 2017


I have a turbulent relationship with the gym, and fitness routines in general. Weeks of nearly obsessive devotion eventually drop off to passing thoughts of “…maybe I should go” as my next spin class approaches. But with 2018 just around the corner, I am determined to make this a Year of Wellness. Not only in regard to matters physical, but also in my approach to all aspects of my life.

In my quest to find a fitness routine that I can truly maintain, I’ve found myself chatting with several friends whom occupy in my life the title of “fitness gurus”. From editors to activewear buyers and designers, I’ve discovered how these ladies hit the gym, what they wear, and their ideas on the best ways to stay healthy in the coming year. So, come along with me Pretty Birds, as we make our way into 2018 with style, health, and a little extra peace of mind. God knows we need it after this past year.

Jennifer Barthole, Senior Fashion Editor at Shape Magazine

What do you feel people should look for when investing in quality activewear?
Regardless of the price or popularity of the brand, the truth is in the fabric and fit, which should always be keeping you dry and comfortable. In regard to fabric, I opt for techie spandex that is moisture-wicking and compressive. If I have a chance to feel the garment before purchasing, I like to stretch it out with both hands to make sure that it has enough elasticity and durability so I don’t feel like I’m stuffed in a scuba suit. I also like to read reviews about the fit and sizing. Remember, sports bras should not be cutting into you or flimsy enough that you feel conscious of your bouncing chest.

What trends do you see happening in the fitness market in terms of how people are working out?
I’ve noticed a cultural shift in how we define ‘beauty’ that I link to the current workout craze that we’ve seen it recent years. Women desire to be physically healthy and strong versus skinny without merit. They are making a lifestyle out of working out and feeling good, as opposed to thinking of a sweat session as a chore. Also, there’s a rise in workout studios that provide an experience. Whether it’s a yoga class in a pool or dance cardio with the help of a live DJ, people want to feel like they are having fun and that their experience is worth sharing via social media. 

What is your favorite type of fitness routine?
Currently, I alternate between taking Soul Cycle and boxing classes (currently a Rumble fan) for cardio and running or yoga classes to stay lean. I vary between all of these workouts to keep my muscles ‘surprised’ and responsive.

Any tips on how to keep your activewear in good condition?
Definitely establish which pieces work best for your different workouts, because your yoga leggings may not be equipped for marathon training. I like to machine wash my spandex in cold water and let it air dry, so the fabric doesn’t look faded. 

What’s your one go-to health tip going into 2018?
Pay as much attention to your mental and emotional health as you do to your physical. Give meditation or designated (phone-free) quiet time a try. Having a clearer head makes you less reactive and can help with omitting the emotional noise that gets in the way of hitting your fitness goals.

Denise Lee, Founder of Alala

What do you feel people should look for when investing in quality activewear?
In my opinion, fabrication is the most important thing. Especially if you like high impact workouts, you’ll feel much better wearing textiles that wick sweat, doesn’t lose shape and feel great against your skin. 

What trends do you see happening in the fitness market in terms of how people are working out?
I think there is a lot more mixing and matching of workouts going on, which is great. It used to be there were yoga people, boot camp people, spin people and barre people, etc. Now I see most of my friends and people I talk to diversifying the types of activity, which I think is a more well-rounded approach. 

What is your favorite type of fitness routine?
I love boot camp and high intensity plyo and weights. I see a trainer at S10 training 2-3 times a week, and I love seeing the results quickly and also knowing that I’m getting a really great workout in during an hour of my time. 

Any tips on how to keep your activewear in good condition?
Ideally, you would hand wash and lay flat to dry. Of course, that’s not super practical, so I would say to machine wash and lay flat to dry – the heat of the dryers really destroy the spandex threads. 

What’s your one go-to health tip going into 2018?
I’m all about mental health for 2018. As much as physical health, I think spending time developing your mental health is going to be a huge trend. Whether that’s meditation, positive projection or self-love, I’m all about that for next year.

Chelsea Power, Studios Buyer at MATCHESFASHION.COM

What do you feel people should look for when investing in quality activewear?
The most important thing when buying activewear is comfort and getting the basics right; finding the perfect leggings for your shape that you can stretch in and a sports bra that is supportive and not too tight. After that, you can then build out your fitness wardrobe with technical t-shirts, trainers, outerwear and accessories.

 What trends do you see happening in the fitness market in terms of how people are working out?
The biggest trend this year was athleisure, fitting activewear into your daily lifestyle. Wearing workout leggings with a parka thrown over the top or a big jumper and denim jacket. We will see this trend enhance in 2018, with more people investing in fitness gear and wearing it as part of their day-to-day routine. 

 What is your favorite type of fitness routine?
As I travel so much for my job, I always ensure that I have my activewear with me so that I can go for a run wherever I am. I tend to wear LNDR seamless leggings, which mold to your body and are so comfortable, I even wear them on the plane.

 Any tips on how to keep your activewear in good condition?
Wash them on a cold temperature and try not to tumble dry, as this will wear the quality down even quicker.

 What’s your one go-to health tip going into 2018?
I keep telling myself to ‘keep moving’. Walking where possible, run as much as possible and walk up and down escalators, don’t take the lift etc. All these little things will help keep you fitter through 2018!

Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning, Co-Founders, P.E Nation

What do you feel people should look for when investing in quality activewear?
Claire: First and foremost, you want something that fits well and feels comfortable, but you should also be looking for design technology, as this ensures the product will wear and wash well. From sweat and moisture wicking to odor repelling, it’s worth investing in products that work with you when working out. Your activewear needs to withstand pretty tough conditions, so you don’t want something that can’t support the activities you undertake. Make sure you do the squat test with leggings (to make sure they’re not see-through) and look for bras that offer support (wider straps, sweat-wicking).

What trends do you see happening in the fitness market in terms of how people are working out?
Pip: I think there are a lot more options out there now. Gyms are becoming multi-faceted to ensure they can accommodate a broader market and there are new techniques and offerings popping up everywhere – from acro-yoga, barre pilates, to rock-climbing – but I think the most important thing is finding something that works for you and your lifestyle. You want to love what you do, so try a few different disciplines and then find what excites you and what works for your body. Let it become part of your routine and you will feel all the better for it.

What is your favorite type of fitness routine?
Both: Pilates! We love it. It works the whole body, makes you leaner and stronger but it also brings balance to the mind. We’ve tried lots of different exercises and styles – HIIT, running, yoga, boxing – but Pilates is the one that we both love and never get sick of, and actually see the results. We make it a priority to fit into our days, and make sure that it’s first thing in the morning, so it sets our focus for the day.

Any tips on how to keep your activewear in good condition?
Claire: Wash your clothes as soon as possible after working out – you want to wash away sweat and bacteria as this can deteriorate the materials if they’re left too long. Separate whites from colours and textures to ensure your activewear maintains its true colours. And always use the delicate cycle. Activewear is durable, but you still want to be gentle with it to ensure colors stay brighter and fabrics stay strong. 

What’s your one go-to health tip going into 2018?
Pip: Find what you love and give it everything you have. Exercise isn’t always fun and many mornings I struggle to do it, but I know once it’s done, it always makes me feel amazing, with a sense of achievement. So, you want to make sure you’re doing something regularly that you really enjoy and one that works for your body.

 

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