The Right Activewear Picks for Your Body Type

To prepare yourself for the best workout possible, you know what you need to have on hand: enough water to hydrate you before, during and after, solid shoes for whatever type of exercise you’re performing, a positive attitude and some quality activewear that fits your body type. We all come in different shapes and sizes, which is why that last one is so important. Workout clothing that is too big, too small or just doesn’t fit right will only cause you discomfort and take away from the workout you’re trying to accomplish. How to pick out activewear based on your body type Not sure what type of activewear is most ideal for your body shape? We’re here to help! Scroll through to find out the best activewear picks for every type of figure. Hourglass If you have those old-Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe-esque curves, defined by a narrow waist and a hip and bust circumference that almost matches, you’ll want to seek out activewear that allows those curves to be free rather than contained. To accentuate curves …

How to Use Compression Gear to Get the Most out of Your Training

You’ve probably seen them: the tight, brightly colored socks adorning runners’ legs at a race or the intense-looking, patterned black sleeves on guys overhead pressing barbells at CrossFit. You may have even seen tight, tight, tight shorts in a spin class or yourself worn a pair of leggings with panels designed to sit just-so on a muscle to help squish it down. Compression gear has been growing in popularity in the last few years, appearing more and more in workout classes and on amateur athletes, no longer relegated to just the pros in training or the elites in competition. How compression gear will help your workouts The idea is that compression garments help improve circulation and help remove toxins, improving performance and reducing recovery time. They act as an aid to the body to do what it would normally do during and after a workout. But can this gear — which can range in price from tens of dollars to hundreds of dollars — actually make a difference when it comes to training, performance and …

Your Foolproof Guide to Dressing for Every Type of Workout

Find the right wardrobe for your workouts. In addition to coming to class with a ton of energy and a good attitude, it’s important to make sure you’re dressed for the occasion. Whether that’s cardio kickboxing or a 30-minute bootcamp. How to dress for any workout Showing up without the right gear won’t only leave you uncomfortable, but you also might have to sit out on certain exercises (and who wants to do that?). Here’s a breakdown of the basics of what to wear for every type of workout so you can feel prepared. Best for Running Runners have the added challenge of dressing for very specific types of weather, which sometimes might be upwards of 90 degrees and downwards of 10 (but, hey, who’s counting?). You’ll want to go with lightweight, breathable fabrics that are sweat-wicking—shorts and a tank in the summer and warm running tights and long-sleeve shirts in the winter. Often these materials are synthetic and not natural, like cotton, which helps hold in heat instead of evaporating it. For shoes, you’ll …

Everything You Need To Know About Facial Rollers

Facial rolling has been getting a lot of buzz lately, but it’s actually a beauty ritual that’s been around for centuries. Made popular by the jade facial roller, these tools look like mini paint rollers and now come in a variety of gemstones. Using a gemstone roller on the face is thought to aid in de-puffing and promote lymphatic drainage. But is this a passing fad? Is it worth the sometimes heavy price tag associated with it? What are facial rollers? Karina Sulzer, founder of the unique brand of facial rollers, Skin Gym, tells us everything we need to know about facial rolling. This trend isn’t going anywhere, as demonstrated by Sulzer’s line that’s gone past just jade or rose quartz rollers. This line consists of rollers in all sorts of unique gemstones, like amethyst and obsidian. What better expert to explain what all the fuss is about when it comes to facial rolling? What are the benefits of facial rolling? Face rollers are said to have many benefits, including stimulating collagen and improving the …

The Warmest Winter Leggings, According to Fitness Enthusiasts

Just making the decision to book a fitness class is admirable enough. But getting yourself there amid the snowstorms and frigid winds? Now that’s dedication! Reward yourself for braving the winter chill this year by investing in some comfy, cozy workout leggings. We promise these picks will keep you so warm, you won’t even miss your bed…as much. The best leggings to wear in the winter These are the best leggings to wear during the winter. They are ranked based on reviews, popularity and ability to withstand cold temperatures. 1. Women’s 200 Oasis Leggings by Ice Breaker Leggings made of 100% merino wool? Yes, please. These pants will keep you warm even on the coldest days and are still lightweight enough to not hold you back in class.Buy now on Ice Breaker, $90 2. Women’s Winter Warm Tights by The North Face Not only will these leggings keep you warm, but they’ll also keep you dry, too. The moisture-wicking fabric will ensure you stay nice and dry even after an extra sweaty sesh—or an unexpected …

Are Plastic or Stainless Steel Water Bottles Better?

Happy Earth Day! Make Mother Nature happy with one of these reusable canteens. If you’ve ever wandered the aisles of any rec store, you’ve likely stumbled into the vast world of water bottles. Every shape, size and material line the aisles just to keep you hydrated throughout a sweat-burning workout. You want a purple BPA-free plastic bottle with a spouted nozzle and a handle? No problem. Or maybe a plain stainless steel variety with a removable cap? Sure thing. With so many options, which is truly the best and safest choice? This Earth Day, do Mother Nature a favor. Instead of adding to the 38 billion non-reusable plastic water bottles piling into the landfills each year, start toting around one of these refillable thirst-quenchers. Plastic water bottles vs. stainless steel water bottles Plastic water bottles have received some negative press in the past for containing Bisphenol-A, a.k.a. BPA, a chemical linked to cancer. Fortunately, companies responded and most water bottles sold after 2010 are now BPA-free. However, it’s still important to acknowledge what type of …