Now that holiday indulgences are past us, it's time to get back to a healthy routine. Admittedly, I'm pretty hit-and-miss with exercising regularly, but I'm hoping to change that this year as soon as my flu-induced fatigue wears off. Luckily, adorable yet affordable gear can be great motivation.
1. GapFit gDance heathered pants ($59.95). Most Vancouver women probably have a love-hate relationship with yoga pants, but you have to admit, they're very comfortable for exercise and lounging around.
2. Ello Thrive water bottle ($12.99 at Target). BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, with an easy-to-clean screw-off cap in wood. What more can you ask for?
3. Joe Fresh bonded zip jacket ($39). Keep warm while you warm up with a cozy hoodie.
4. C9 by Champion sneakers ($19.99 at Target). I don't recommend these for intense workouts or real running. But if you're like me and you just need a pair of comfortable, non-slip sneakers with good arch support for the elliptical, these are perfect.
5. Joe Fresh sport socks ($6 for a 4-pack). A good basic to stock up on.
6. Gaiam Tree of Life tote bag ($24.99 at Target). This lifesaver of a bag keeps your mat from unrolling to and from yoga or pilates classes.
7. CharterOak yoga sticky mat ($24.99 at Target). If you've resolved to take up yoga this year, buy a mat instead of renting one from the studio: so much more hygienic and more budget-friendly in the long run.
8. Joe Fresh camo print tee ($12). A gym staple—the cotton T-shirt—gets a fun revamp with a heathered camo print.
9. GapFit baseball sweatshirt ($38.95). So cute, you might be tempted to wear it with Converse, a peacoat, and skinny jeans on weekends.
10. Active by Old Navy side mesh running shorts ($8). I bought these after the first time I used our condo's poorly ventilated gym, wore long pants, and almost died. I've been using them ever since for my elliptical sessions and love them.