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Dreaming of getting fit – after a fashion?

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

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ITOOK up a great offer at my local gym back in 2011. Just £300 for a three-year membership that also included free fitness classes.

As I handed over my credit card I had every intention of regular visits, making my bargain membership even more cost effective.

Since then I have been less than half-a-dozen times. Not such a bargain now. And I am not alone in seeing my good intentions fall by the wayside.

A devotion to fitness is undoubtedly the heavyweight of the New Year Resolution list and the one that, for many, is the most short-lived. According to accountants Crunch.co.uk £37m a year is wasted on unused gym memberships.

If your resolve is slipping already, step up your motivation levels with a new fit kit and visions of Jessica Ennis' abs.

Following a golden Olympic year, sportswear was still at the forefront of designers' minds, with catwalks firmly clinging on to the athletic vibe for spring/summer 2013.

So if the workouts come to a standstill, you can always recycle your kit for an on-trend 2013 sporty look.

Time to make the treadmill your style runway.

Fresh air fanatic

A sports kit is a whole different ball game for those who get their fitness fix in the great outdoors. Cotton is an absolute no-no as it absorbs heat and moisture that keep it clinging to your body. In the winter months, look to multiple layers of lightweight breathable clothing. Hi-tech 'wicking' fabrics help cool your body more efficiently and expel moisture. Magic!

When you're pounding the pavements, stinky old trainers just won't do. The correct running shoes are essential if you don't want to be left with feet that can never grace an open-toed sandal again. See a footwear specialist to assess your running gait and seek a pair with soles equipped for the terrain you're running on.

Gym bunny

Those baggy jogging bottoms you lived in during the Christmas holidays should be banished to the back of the wardrobe. Think of your kit like a motivational cheerleader. Get off the starting blocks by investing in a sports bag so cool you'll want to have it swinging over your shoulder as much as possible.

Put yourself on the fast track to a lean body with go-faster stripes, zingy brights and lashings of supportive lycra that will get you bounding out of the gym changing rooms.

Mat member

Those who are right at home in a studio or, well, their own living room, can be a lean mean machine in the right togs.

Forget layers and poise in super-soft cottons and silk mixes. Whether it's yoga, Pilates or yoga-lates, your workout routines are all about stretching and flexibility so comfort is key.

The term body-skimming might seem scary, but baggy clothing can be revealing and obstructive when you're hovering in tricky positions. However, go too tight and you'll restrict your full range of motion.

Get the balance just right with clean simple lines that gently hug the body so that you (or your instructor) can keep a check on your alignment.

Sidewalk super-jock

If the only exercise you're doing is strutting like a supermodel then hi-tech sporty details probably aren't top of your priorities.

Win gold medals for your take on the sports luxe trend with catwalk-inspired detailing. Monochrome, as seen in abundance at Alexander Wang S/S13, is the athletic colour palette to jump through hoops for.

Look for traditional gym shapes such as jogging bottoms or gym shorts in surprising fabrics – leather, for example. You might as well take advantage of the fact that you won't be breaking out in a sweat – unless you spot a 50 per cent-off sign.

Bridge the gap between trainers and heels with a pair of wedge trainers. They're comfortable and sporty – but definitely not made for sprinting.

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