Five workouts to try: and the activewear to invest in

Sport inspiration

Whether you’re a dedicated yogi or a kettle bell convert, the antidote to this season’s cold front is to switch up your exercise routine. 

Break a sweat with these five workouts and look good doing it.

1. BOXING

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: From kickboxing to Muay Thai, boxing is enjoying a revival of late, and we can see why. Not only has the sport been praised for its body sculpting ways, it’s also credited with improving mental health – from a boost in self-confidence to higher mental acuity. Start with a beginners’ sparring class with light contact sessions to teach you the basics and help you improve your overall strength and coordination. If you need more of a challenge, try a private kickboxing class.

WHAT TO WEAR: a graphic-print cropped top, compression leggings and a sleek quilted backpack to hold your steel water bottle and super-soft gym towel. If you’re ready to move up the ranks, invest in a pair of personalised boxing gloves; it will do wonders for your motivation.

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Asics, Blue women's sports leggings
Retail price 2017 : €50 €15
Blue women's sports leggings
Asics, Blue sports bra
Retail price 2017 : €40 €28 €20
Blue sports bra

2. PERSONALISED TRAINING SESSIONS

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Whether it’s a core workout or short and sweet cardio circuits you’re after, exercising with world-class instructors anytime, anywhere should be your go-to. Find an online platform that offers a diverse range of classes and sign up for a personalised training plan to meet those fitness and nutritional goals. Best of all, you’ll never have to leave your living room.

WHAT TO WEAR: cycling shorts with coloured panels and a slim-fit T-shirt in a matching hue to elevate your performance.

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Asics, Men's grey sports short
Retail price 2018 : €50 €35
Men's grey sports short
Repetto, Women's blue trousers
Retail price 2018 : €80 €53
Women's blue trousers
Tissot, Men's white watch
Retail price 2015 : €460 €294
Men's white watch
  1. HIGH INTENSITY SKIPPING

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The sister to HIIT, it’s no surprise that HIIS (high intensity skipping) has surged in popularity. Think short, sharp bursts of skipping that can burn up to 1,200 calories in a single session.

WHAT TO WEAR: a sleeveless stretch jersey top layered over a well-fitting sports bra. Don’t leave home without shock-absorbing trainers.

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Kenzo, Men's multicolour trainers
Men's multicolour trainers
Levi's, Women's pink t-shirt
Retail price 2018 : €29 €19
Women's pink t-shirt
Asics, Blue men's sports T-shirt
Retail price 2017 : €40 €28 €24
Blue men's sports T-shirt
Tissot, Men's white watch
Retail price 2015 : €460 €294
Men's white watch
  1. THE WELL-BEING WORKOUT

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Fitness classes designed to help tackle stress, loneliness and anxiety are perfect if you’re looking for a little self-care while you sweat. If you’re feeling low on energy, try an immersive low-impact yoga class. Imagine yoga with dimmed lights and cinematic visuals of lakes and mountain tops – you’ll reach your zen in no time.

WHAT TO WEAR: your favourite motivational T-shirt, with stirrup leggings and a cashmere hoodie for post-class brunch. They’ll take you from shavasana to a Sunday spent lounging on the sofa.

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Armani,  Black men's trainers
Retail price 2018 : €170€ €96
Black men's trainers
Dsquared2, Men's grey hoody
Retail price 2018 : €620 €403
Men's grey hoody
Lacoste, Men's green sweatshirt
Retail price 2018 : €240 €120
Men's green sweatshirt
Repetto, Women's blue trousers
Retail price 2018 : €80 €53
Women's blue trousers
  1. ROWING

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:  It’s strengthening, lengthening and ultra-toning. Not only does rowing work an estimated 85% of the body’s muscles, it also keeps the lungs and heart healthy and has the power to lift your mood. Try it at a boutique rowing studio and master the fundamentals of rowing, or take on a high-energy group class with dimmed lights and upbeat music. You’ll never set foot on a treadmill again.

WHAT TO WEAR: a sleeveless bodysuit with joggers – go for a metallic finish for the group rave. If you want to keep your hands baby soft, invest in grip gloves.

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Hackett, Grey Aston Martin jacket
Retail price 2017 : €195 €130
Grey Aston Martin jacket
Superdry, Men's jogging bottoms
Retail price 2018 : €89,95 €60
Men's jogging bottoms
Superdry, Women's grey hoody
Retail price 2018 : €69,99 €46,5
Women's grey hoody
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