Now that finals have come and gone, a new year has begun, bringing with it new resolutions. Pulling through once again and making its way to the top of this list is (do you really need to ask?) getting fit. Regardless of whether or not the popular resolution was crafted for your Instagram caption or if 2016 is the year you actually plan to make a change, working out and improving your health are difficult, yet important, tasks. For instance, I moved back to the city, where my cheapest and most convenient forms of meals are McDonald’s or the glorious 24-hour Dunkin Donuts, staying fit has never been more important. Thankfully, there is also no better place to start a new year of exercising in style than New York City. Jun Takahashi’s fall Undercover collection brings to light the same sleek and stylish, yet simplistic, look that I strive to embody when working out.
While it has not been scientifically proven, I do suggest looking the part when going on a run or desperately trying to catch the train in time for yoga. Footwear is the most important part of any workout attire, provided you actually follow through and spend time on your feet. Personally, I always choose to go with Nike, especially the Free 4.0 Flyknit sneakers, which you can find here.
When temperatures are below freezing and your motivation is even lower, the only assured way to get yourself out the door is to throw on warm clothes that can move with you. I suggest a light jacket, such as The North Face shown above, and fitted joggers, allowing you to feel light in your movements without the infamous wind-to-skin contact.
I would not call accessories especially necessary to a proper workout outfit, but you won’t see me leave the dorm without them. In the interest of staying hydrated, I carry around a CamelBak water bottle. To be honest, I was not too enthusiastic about spending $16 on a plastic water bottle, but now I do not think I could use anything else. In terms of arm candy, you can’t go wrong with a Fitbit. While they are rising in the market and in style, the Fitbit lets you know how you are doing regarding your fitness goals and daily step counts. It also allows you to compete with fellow Fitbitians (I tried), giving you that extra push. I also prefer to wear the popular Lokai bracelet simply because of how it looks.
To top it off, literally, I suggest a beanie for the cold weather. Nothing feels worse than the winter weather single-handedly trying to detach each of your ears on your morning run.
Whether running, yoga, cycling or walking to your local Starbucks is your exercise of choice, a new semester is approaching, and the threat of the infamous Freshman 15 is as real as ever. Let 2016 be a race to a healthier lifestyle, and whether you choose to walk or run, at least make sure your tennis shoes fit comfortably and look great.
Get My Look: 1. A lightweight jacket. 2. Joggers. 3. A beanie.