This 'It' Fit Kit will have you nailing your new-year goals

New goals deserve new clothes
This 'It' Fit Kit will have you nailing your new-year goals

If the only physical exertion you’ve participated in over the past few weeks is stretching towards a Quality Street tin or lifting a glass, then chances are you are now about to embark on a new exercise regime. But while we all know fitness is good for us (not only for its butt-lifting, tummy-toning qualities, but for what it does for our mood) it can feel a little, well, intimidating. Not least of all when it comes to deciding what to wear. And yet this year it doesn’t need to be that way. But where to start?

"Comfort is key, so choose something that fits well," says Jane Gottschalk, founder of Perfect Moment sportwear, known for its graphic, statement-making designs. She also advises seeking out technical fabrics, "Our activewear fabrics have antibacterial qualities, alleviating the inevitable 'side effects' of a good workout".

Moisture-wicking fabrics, lightweight trainers and a properly fitting sports bra are essentials. According to Net-a-Porter, visitors to its It-kit section increased 97 per cent between December and January last year – showing the right kit is an investment we’re willing to make.

It’s important not to think of workoutwear as a lesser version of your main closet. "Confidence is important when embarking on a fitness regime, so find styles you love and feel great in," says Tatiana Korsakova, founder of stylish exercise line Vaara. "Look for styles that can double as pieces you’ll feel comfortable wearing during other parts of your day".

Lululemon’s blush pink top or All Access’s leggings go the distance beyond the studio ("If you only buy one thing make it these – they are the black leggings to invest in," advises Net-a-Porter’s global buying director Elizabeth von der Goltz). Better for you than another pair of heels you don’t really need. Above all, remember the golden rule: no kit looks as good as kit that’s actually used. You don’t want to be the January cliché with all the gear and no idea.

For a high-intensity workout...


Dhs185, Sun and Sand Sports

Dhs173, Falke at Matches Fashion

Dhs131, Simply Be

Dhs629, Nike

For a yoga class...

Dhs316, Perfect Moment

Dhs271, Lululemon

Dhs526, Net-a-Porter

Dhs300, adidas

For après sport...

Dhs312, Eberjey at Net-a-Porter

Dhs312, Eberjey at Net-a-Porter

Dhs140.43, S'well at Harrods

Dhs56, Sweaty Betty

For all-weather running...

Dhs234, Varley at Net-a-Porter

Dhs579, Nike

Dhs204, All Access at Net-a-Porter

Dhs549, Nike

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