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Fitness gear on a budget

The blogging community seems to have gone fitness crazy at the moment with photos of polar watches every which way you turn.

Every day I am inspired by the ladies of the blogosphere/twitter/Instagram to get up and keep pushing my own fitness.

However I am sure I am not the only one who feels much more inspired to exercise with some new gym kit. The slight sticking point with this is I have a notoriously short attention span and therefore cannot justify hundreds of pounds on the latest Nike Free Runs….though I do still badly want that neon pair.

So I thought I’d improvise a bit and show you what I wear to the gym (the whole outfit costs less than those trainers)

First off trainers. Now Nike Frees do look very cool but what do they actually do for your feet? Well Frees are meant to emulate the action of running barefoot, this to a new runner like me sounds totally terrifying….. Anyway I wasn’t going to spend £100 on some trainers for a sport I wasn’t sure I was going to stick with.

Enter the Puma Faasfoam 350s

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They may not look quite so cool but they also offer a barefoot type feel. If you aren’t a trainer geek, they offer moderate support, they are light and quite springy meaning you can run quicker…I said you not me….

If you want to know about over probation and all that jazz then get yourself to a running shop stat.

Anyway i felt they would be much improved by adding some neon….

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Et voila. Pimped out trainers for an extra £2.50 from Sports Direct. The trainers were £29.99 from TK Maxx.

Next up another essential piece of foundation for us ladies who exercise…. The sports bra. Buy the best you can afford and the highest impact. If you have any kind of boobs and don’t want them round your knees…. Nothing makes me cringe more than girls in push up bras in the gym. Anyway I recommend either good old M and S (there extra high impact ones are often in the sale – avoid the ones with a zip front though unless you want a hello boys moment on the treadmill) or Shock Absorber.

For me this is a case of getting what you pay for, you need to invest a bit in the correct support for both your feet and your boobs.

Now the trouble with sensible support is it isn’t the most fun to wear. My solution to this is layering!

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These bright seamfree bra tops from Primark are a steal at £2.50. They aren’t the best for support but over a ‘proper’ sports bra they add a bit of colour.

The grey vest top is another TK Maxx buy. These performance fabrics are brilliant at keeping sweat away from your body. I used to run in just a cheap t shirt but these are so much more comfortable and lightweight. Buy a size up if you want a little bit of bum coverage.

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Here is an example of my gym get up. My trousers are 3/4 length puma ones which are also moisture wicking. Top tip, buy ones with a draw string so that you don’t have to keep yanking them up. Between this and the zip front bra you get the impression an evening at the gym with me is a right laugh don’t you….
I am a little by disappointed that my sweat band doesn’t show in this photo but yes they are useful and yes it is pink.

Lastly I mentioned earlier the polar watch phenomenon. I don’t have one I have a Tesco One Body Heart Rate Monitor which costs £19.99 (now £15! link!)

It measures calorie burn, heart rate, fat burn etc and seems to do the job perfectly adequately! I’ve no idea if it is more or less accurate than a polar but I tend to take all calorie burn readings with a pinch of salt.

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Here is mine after burning 1000 calories in the gym….no I don’t know why that was necessary either….

Do you think neon helps you run faster? Have you been caught up in the fitness frenzy? What do you think of my budget outfits?