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Top fitness gear for 2017


10 must-have sportswear pieces so nice you will want to keep them on all day, from the gym to the supermarket to the school run

Words Miriam Carey

Keeping fit and healthy during pregnancy, brings so many benefits to you and your baby. Pregnancy is a time to take care of yourself and slowly strengthen your body ready for what’s coming, and although some days it can feel hard to go out and be active – especially if you are feeling a little tired or self-critical – you know you always feel better afterwards.

Another incentive to exercise is to get some beautiful fitness gear. Put on your loveliest, most luxurious fitness gear and get down to your nearest pre or post natal yoga class for some really quality ‘me time’ – and look good while you’re doing it. 

Looking to update your sportswear collection?

Here are our picks of the best high support sports bras, tops, leggings, and trainers for busy mamas to wear to the gym and then out and about.

High Support Sports Bras

Best for Sweat Management: Sweaty Betty Stamina Work Out Bra £35


A classic problem with larger busts (or breastefeeding boobs) and sports bras is feeling locked down in sweat. This Sweaty Betty number will reliably hold everything in place with light compression and a deep below bust band while it’s sweat-wicking fabric supplies effective moisture management.

Best For Support: Lululemon Enlite High Support Bra £78


Finding a good sports bra is difficult at the best of times but the Enlite bra from Lululemon is a revolution in terms of support technology. The aim is not to squish your boobs in place, but to mould around them and move with them, providing unparalleled support whatever moves you attempt.

Best Work Out Tops

For Social Mamas: Silou Maria White Tank £95


This top from Silou is made from super soft non-toxic jersey material. It has a fitted neck and loose bottom making it ultra flattering and an essential piece for every workout mama. The simple design means it is the ideal multi-purpose piece to wear to the yoga studio and then on to a lunch date.

Best For Busy Mamas: Sweaty Betty T-shirt £45


This loose fitting light weight top from Sweaty Betty is the ultimate multi-purpose piece. In classic white it is the most easy to wear top and looks as good in pilates and barre as it does in the store and on the school run. It is a top which can be worn anywhere, for times you don’t have time to get changed post-workout.

Top exercise leggings

Best For Supporting Bumps: Move Your Frame X Mamas & Papas Geo Leggings £29


These leggings are ideal for providing support and keeping cool during pilates, pre-natal yoga or mum and baby yoga.

The super soft fabric and elastic under the waist band provides comfort and support. They are also lightweight and have mesh panels behind the knee which help to regulate your temperature while you work out.

Best For Flattering Thighs: Silou Nadya Leggings £195


The Nadya leggings know how to flatter the female form. The high waist holds in the tummy with a separate piece of material, while the vertical piping magically smooths down bumps and accentuates muscle tone.

And the fact they are made from a strong firm material, coupled with the zippers on the ankle, makes them the kind of legging it is totally acceptable to go on to meet friends, or do pick up at nursery.

Super Soft workout jumpers

Best For Stretch Classes: Move Your Frame x Mama & Papas Grey Supersoft Jumper £34


This super-soft jumper is perfect for layering up during and post workout, the long sleeves feature thumb holes to keep your hands warm when out walking or pushing a stroller. This jumper is also perfect for a long restorative yoga or yin yoga class. Pair with dark leggings for a low key look.

Best For Trendy Mamas: Sweaty Betty Grey Sweatshirt £125


This is just the thing for running to early morning yoga classes. The oversized style with a high neck and dropped shoulders can be layered on top of leggings, jeans, trousers, anything, and look stylish. The thick insulating material means it will also be useful for those mornings when the weather is grey and you don’t have time to think about dressing in anything other than sweats.

Best Gym to Street trainers

Best For Running: Nike Vapormax Running Shoe £184.95


These trainers are so good looking its hard to believe they are actually functional. Nike Air technology delivers the lightest most flexible most cushioned running shoes yet; customise yours in your favourite colour option and be comfortable and energetic all day long.

Best For Comfy Casual Wear: Nike Air Thea Shoe £114.95


This trainer looks the business, and also delivers on performance. Flyknit yarns provides breathability, stretch and support. It also contours to the shape of your foot for a comfortable, lightweight feel. The sole is designed to reduce weight without sacrificing durability, and has extra cushioning providing you with the most comfortable commute ever.

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