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6 practical (and stylish) fitness staples that everyone should own

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As someone who starts each day with a run or work out, I can confidently say I know a few things about sportswear. Over the years, I’ve tried and tested too many brands to mention and although I believe there are no hard and fast rules about what suits everyone, there are a few standout high-performance pieces I swear by to keep me motivated to get out of bed each morning for a workout, whatever the weather. A great piece of sports kit should be light, breathable, incorporate the latest tech and hopefully be so comfortable you forget all about it by the time you’re working up a sweat.

Running has been my go-to exercise since school when I ran competitively, but these days, I pepper my week with some HIIT workouts and strength training too. My love of exercise works on a daily basis to balance my stress levels and keeps my mental health in check during challenging times. Being motivated to lace up my trainers for a run or take out my mat for a home workout when I’m busy or tired is what sets me up for a productive and positive day, and having great pieces of kit I look forward to wearing is vital. Here are a few of my top picks.

— Andrea Thompson, Editor-in-Chief
 
 
These On Cloud trainers are the dopamine hit I need to get out for a run before work. The ultra cushioned sole with its impressive shock absorber technology make me feel like I'm literally running on air.
I've been a die hard fan of Bamboo clothing for years and this super smooth crossover vest is the softest item I own. The hidden support is great for medium impact workouts but it's stylish enough to wear all day.
 
 
If you're working out regularly, I bet you already own a pair of Sweaty Betty cycling shorts. I've tried so many brands over the years but these are the most hard working I've found. They never roll down or ride up and crucially have a discreet slimline pocket for my keys.
I'm one of those runners who never goes out without my cap. I love this one made with recycled shells from Adidas by Stella McCartney. I love a versatile piece that I can wear for multiple occasions. I'm just as likely to pair this cap with a cute midi dress or jeans for weekend brunches.
 
 
This classic racer backis my go to sports bra for HIIT workouts and running. It's light and breathable, has cute slim adjustable straps, and excellent support. I love the vivid pink color too for an extra burst of motivation.
On the days I'm not running, I'll do some stretching or strength training at home. This perfectly cushioned mat is firm but soft enough to protect my back from my wooden floors, never slips around mid-workout, and is built to last.
Sweaty Betty, £45
 
 
 
 
This week we've been talking BBE (Big Bag Energy) over at Marie Claire. That's embracing all things oversized when it comes to arm candy. This season, elevated styles from Celine, The Row, Toteme, and Khaite offer the perfect combination of practicality and style. But top on my wish list right now is this iconic geometric puzzle design tote from Loewe favored by Jennifer Lawrence, which cleverly folds flat with an origami inspired design. This is a classic investment buy I know I'll be wearing season after season for years to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Marie Claire FASHION HAIR & BEAUTY LIFE CULTURE — Andrea’s It List ——— Hero Placeholder As someone who starts each day with a run or work out, I can confidently say I know a few things about sportswear. Over the years, I’ve tried and tested too many brands to mention and although I believe there are no hard and fast rules about what suits everyone, there are a few standout high-performance pieces I swear by to keep me motivated to get out of bed each morning for a workout, whatever the weather. A great piece of sports kit should be light, breathable, incorporate the latest tech and hopefully be so comfortable you forget all about it by the time you’re working up a sweat. Running has been my go-to exercise since school when I ran competitively, but these days, I pepper my week with some HIIT workouts and strength training too. My love of exercise works on a daily basis to balance my stress levels and keeps my mental health in check during challenging times. Being motivated to lace up my trainers for a run or take out my mat for a home workout when I’m busy or tired is what sets me up for a productive and positive day, and having great pieces of kit I look forward to wearing is vital. Here are a few of my top picks. — Andrea Thompson, Editor-in-Chief These On Cloud trainers are the dopamine hit I need to get out for a run before work. The ultra cushioned sole with its impressive shock absorber technology make me feel like I'm literally running on air. On Cloud, £160 SHOP NOW I've been a die hard fan of Bamboo clothing for years and this super smooth crossover vest is the softest item I own. The hidden support is great for medium impact workouts but it's stylish enough to wear all day. Bamboo Clothing, £39 SHOP NOW If you're working out regularly, I bet you already own a pair of Sweaty Betty cycling shorts. I've tried so many brands over the years but these are the most hard working I've found. They never roll down or ride up and crucially have a discreet slimline pocket for my keys. Sweaty Betty, £60 SHOP NOW I'm one of those runners who never goes out without my cap. I love this one made with recycled shells from Adidas by Stella McCartney. I love a versatile piece that I can wear for multiple occasions. I'm just as likely to pair this cap with a cute midi dress or jeans for weekend brunches. Adidas by Stella McCartney, £45 SHOP NOW This classic racer backis my go to sports bra for HIIT workouts and running. It's light and breathable, has cute slim adjustable straps, and excellent support. I love the vivid pink color too for an extra burst of motivation. Sweaty Betty, £65 SHOP NOW On the days I'm not running, I'll do some stretching or strength training at home. This perfectly cushioned mat is firm but soft enough to protect my back from my wooden floors, never slips around mid-workout, and is built to last. Sweaty Betty, £45 SHOP NOW This week we've been talking BBE (Big Bag Energy) over at Marie Claire. That's embracing all things oversized when it comes to arm candy. This season, elevated styles from Celine, The Row, Toteme, and Khaite offer the perfect combination of practicality and style. But top on my wish list right now is this iconic geometric puzzle design tote from Loewe favored by Jennifer Lawrence, which cleverly folds flat with an origami inspired design. This is a classic investment buy I know I'll be wearing season after season for years to come. SHOP NOW Future Logo  
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