Finding motivation in winter can be tough, but with the right winter running gear your training should be able to carry on through the cold season. Avoid getting into a winter rut with activewear for winter running.
Start with socks which are going to keep your feet dry and warm and prevent blisters. You want your socks to be thick without rubbing, so opt for ones with extra cushioning in key areas like the toes and heels like the Sundried running socks. These socks also feature superior sweat-wicking capabilities which prevent chafing and soggy feet.
Sweatpants may be a great option while relaxing at home, but they are not really suitable for winter running. With the right womens running leggings and mens tights, you will be comfortable, warm, and unrestricted on your run. Women may opt for capri leggings in the summer as their cropped style allows is great for warmer temperatures, but you'll need a full length pair for winter.
The Sundried Ruinette 2.0 womens running leggings are made with seamless materials which will stay comfortable after countless miles, and are made with luxury materials which will insulate you and keep you warm. For men, the Roteck 2.0 mens tights are perfect worn as a base layer under a pair of shorts for extra protection.
Another issue with your bottom layer is visibility. Whilst in the summer, it’s easy to spot runners in the sunshine, during darker winter months visibility becomes more of an issue. Sundried running bottoms have reflective linings which help to emphasise your visibility and keep you safe during lower light conditions, however it’s essential to keep visible with multiple visibility enhancing garments from vests to head torches and wristbands. Safety is crucial.
Winter months are also perfect for layering for that extra level of protection, try pairing shorts over tights to work as a windshield for more sensitive areas.
Wearing multiple layers is the best way to stay protected and warm on a long winter run. You may well start your run feeling very chilly, but as your heart rate increases so does your basal body temperature and you'll soon start to feel pretty toasty and perhaps even break a sweat! However, if you need to stop or walk for a moment, you temperature will soon drop again and you'll start to feel cold again. This is why wearing layers is essential. Start with a running vest or training t-shirt as your base layer, and then wear a long sleeve training top or lightweight hoodie over the top. Then, additional to this, you could wear a more heavyweight hoodie or sweatshirt over that which you could take off and put back on as needed.
Some people may ask, "do you burn more fat wearing a sweatshirt?" This is a common thought because it makes you sweat more, but the most important thing is to stay warm and comfortable while training outdoors in winter, so dress smart.
In the summer months, it’s all about wearing as little as possible, but when winter hits you can afford an accessory or two, as long as it doesn't weigh you down too much.
Although your hands and feet will warm up as you run, it's still an idea to invest in a pair of winter gloves for your colder training sessions. The Sundried bamboo gloves have silicone grippers to the palms so you won't drop your phone if it's wet or slippery, and they are touch screen sensitive so you can still use your smart phone while you're wearing them.
A lightweight hat will keep your head warm at the start of your run without giving you a sweaty head when you start to heat up. Keeping your hat lightweight also means it can easily be removed and folded into a pocket if necessary.
Make sure you're comfortable and warm no matter what so that the winter miles can roll by without any issue. Your womens fitness clothing needs to be winter-specific and make sure it has superior technical qualities. Your mens gym clothes should be stylish but also practical.
Men's black leggings are increasing in popularity as more and more men opt to wear them under gym shorts or even just go bold and wear them on their own. We take a look at the benefits of men's black leggings and, specifically, the men's leggings on offer here at Sundried.
Why wear leggings for men?
There are many reasons why you should opt to add men's leggings to your gym clothes wardrobe. Whether you are a runner or not, we look at why you should have men's running leggings as part of your men's activewear collection.
They keep you safe
Sundried's men's roteck 3.0 black running leggings feature reflective cuffs and reflective detailing down the leg which will allow you to be seen in the dark. If you're going to be running outside during winter or at night, it's vital that you can be seen so that you can stay safe. You should always look for running leggings that feature reflective detailing for this reason.
They are highly technical
You should expect a lot from your sportswear. Our men's black leggings are sweat-wicking which will keep your legs cool and dry even during summer, they are made with four-way stretch materials which give full freedom of movement, and they feature a drawstring waist for a personalised fit and the peace of mind that they won't fall down as you move.
They mean you're doing your bit for charity
You’ll have more than just runner's high to make you feel good after buying from Sundried. Every Sundried purchase comes with a unique donation code to charity Water for Kids. This means you can feel twice as good about your run as it’s helped to supply a child with water for the first time.
Because they’ll protect you where you need it most:
We all like to show off a bit of leg in shorts, but when it comes to the winter months, flashing your pins on a run can mean risking freezing cold air shooting up your shorts into sensitive areas - which just don’t need that. Especially when it’s already cold. Keep your sensitive areas protected from the wind with fitted running leggings.
There has never been a better time to purchase new activewear. Sportswear technology is advancing, fitness and fashion are merging, and athleisure is becoming the norm. A few years ago you’d rarely see anyone in activewear outside of the gym unless they were running. Now, with smart watches encouraging us to be active all day, activewear is creeping into our daily wardrobe and our streets are filled with yoga pants, sports bras, and gym leggings.
The rise of activewear means there is plenty of choice out there, but not all activewear is created equal. Knowing where to source the highest quality materials which support your activity can be difficult when there is so much choice, but there are things you can look for to help you find a brand you can trust.
Nowadays, shopping online is the easiest way to get hold of anything. Any item you want is no more than 3 clicks away. You don’t even need to leave the house! The great thing about the rise of internet shopping is the rise of internet reviews. Before purchasing from an online retailer we recommend following three steps:
- Research the brand. Read about their ethos, do you like the brand itself? If the brand ethos doesn’t match your standards, neither will the activewear. Read our brand ethos.
- Check reviews. The beauty of online sales is that there are plenty of online reviews. Whilst you may not be able to see and feel the fabrics, check out reviews from other shoppers to see if the activewear lives up to expectations.
- Check the company size guide. Whilst activewear is naturally stretching, ill-fitting clothing can cause chafing, be uncomfortable, and worst of all affect your performance. View the Sundried men's size guide or women's size guide.
Specialised retailers such as Sundried and Sweaty Betty deliver products with more technical function compared to those who predominantly focus on fashion, such as ASOS, as this is their area of expertise. Sundried only sell activewear, so our focus is always on performance. The Sundried collection has been trialled by triathletes to ensure the activewear can perform to the intensity you do.
The rise of athleisure has made activewear a dominant feature of everyday life and a lot of fashion retailers have brought out their own versions of fitness wear. This is great for the world of health and fitness, making health more accessible and encouraging a more active lifestyle which Sundried fully supports. We even created the concept EHOH to help keep office workers active during their working day. Whilst the high street brands may offer the greatest variety of patterns and designs, often these styles do not have any athletic quality and may not perform well. The clothing is often made in factories where working conditions are poor and labour is cheap, meaning they can be sold at discount prices. Sundried protect our workers throughout the supply chain and are transparent in our production, partnering with The Low Carbon Fund to produce our clothing ethically.
Activewear brands now also sponsor sporting events and festivals. Buying activewear from a sporting event ensures that the clothing you’re buying is designed with the purpose to enhance your sports performance. Buy from a triathlon and the activewear is going to be designed to support a triathlon. Buy from a running festival and you know you'll get the best in running gear. On top of this, you'll often get a great discount from buying at an event like this too!
Partnering Personal Trainers
Personal trainers have partnered with Sundried to provide their clients with Sundried as their activewear brand of choice. Sundried have partnered with some of the best PTs in the UK and globally to ensure our products are upheld as the premium ethical activewear. Who better to know what activewear is right for your training than your personal trainer? They’re the ones writing your training programme after all! All of Sundried’s staff are qualified level 3 Personal Trainers who have worked in the industry and know what demands our activewear needs to meet. The Sundried collection meets the demand for stylish activewear with advanced technical function.
In this digital age, more and more people are turning to online retailers for their shopping needs. However, this does not come without its problems and there are lots of things to look out for when buying online. We guide you through the tricky process of buying activewear online.
One of the most important things to be careful of when buying women’s activewear online instead of from a sportswear store is sizing. You want your workout clothes to fit well and look good, which can be tough when you can’t try it on before you buy. Check that the retailer you’re looking to buy from has an activewear size guide, as gym wear from different brands can come up in different sizes; a size large for one brand might be completely different from a size large from another.
Not only is it important to check their activewear size guide, it’s also very useful to check a brand’s customer reviews. No one will be more honest than someone who has already purchased athletic wear from this particular retailer. See if there are any answered questions and comments about sizing, this will help you hugely when choosing your ladies gym wear.
There are so many different fabrics and materials available these days, so it’s useful to do your research first before making an investment in expensive gym clothes. With ethics and sustainable fashion being on the rise, there are lots of brands offering sportswear for women made from recycled materials. These responsibly-sourced and sustainable fabrics feature superior technology and are perfect for fitness clothing as they feature sweat-wicking, four-way stretch materials, and other benefits.
Here at Sundried, we live by the motto that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Nowadays, fast fashion is prevalent and if the activewear you're looking to buy is very cheap, it's likely that the people in the supply chain are being treated unfairly. On the other end of the spectrum, just because the activewear brand you're looking at is very expensive that doesn't mean you're getting what you pay for. It's good to find a middle ground, whereby the price is a little higher but you know you're getting exceptional quality.
Training throughout the summer can be tough, especially when battling a heatwave. We give you a run down of all your summer workout essentials and what to look for in summer activewear so you can sweat it out with no worries.
Best Leggings For Women In The Summer
Undoubtedly, the best leggings for women in the summer are Capri leggings. Named after the stunning isle of Capri in Italy, these leggings are cropped in length and present in a 3/4 length, meaning they finish just below the knee or mid-calf. If you don't feel comfortable working out in gym shorts but are getting too hot in your running leggings, cropped leggings are the answer.
There are lots of types of cropped women's workout leggings to choose from as they can vary in length. Some will finish right at the knee while some may be a little longer and finish mid-calf. Choosing the right length for you will depend on how much movement you require and how much coverage and protection you need. If you do a lot of trail running, you will benefit from a slightly longer pair of leggings, while someone who practises a sport like tennis or running may enjoy the freedom of movement and temperature control from a short pair of leggings.
Mens Activewear Tops
There are lots of different types of activewear tops for men to choose from, and plenty that are suitable for summer. Avoid the compression gear and base layers and opt for an ultra cool t-shirt or vest instead.
Men's Ultra Cool Gym Top
When the weather really heats up, an ultra cool gym top can be your saviour. There's nothing worse than sweating it out in a stuffy gym, so being comfortable in your men's gym top is paramount if you're going to have a good session. Look out for tops that feature superior sweat-wicking so that you don't experience chafing and super soft materials that are kind to your skin.
If you find you're constantly getting too hot during your workouts but you don't feel comfortable in a vest, then an ultra cool t-shirt is the perfect solution. The short capped sleeves will give added protection and activewear made from recycled materials can dry 200 times faster than cotton, meaning you won't be constantly drenched in sweat and suffering under a heavy t-shirt.
Gym Vest For Men
The ultimate top for working out the summer has to be a great gym vest. For men, you want your tank top to give adequate coverage and protection while still keeping you cool and allowing freedom of movement. Look out for sleeveless t-shirts which present flattering designs and motifs that accentuate your best features.
There are different types of gym vest for men from tank tops to sleeveless tees and racerback stringers. Depending on the type of training you do will help you to decide which style is best for you. Bodybuilders tend to opt for stringers as they can show off your hard-earned physique better, while a sportsman might need more protection and coverage from the fabric and so will go for a sleeveless t-shirt which is more structured. In any case, you want a gym top made with four-way stretch materials so that you can move as much as you need without being restricted.
Mens Gym T-Shirt
The most classic of all styles is the gym t-shirt. Choose from more tight fitting designs which are great for running and cycling as they are more streamlined to a looser fit which is good for yoga or bodybuilding as you have more freedom of movement.
In any case, you want a t-shirt that fits well, is flexible, and wicks sweat. Add to this smart designs and stylish lines and you have the ideal combination. Look for fitness clothing that is light in colour as this will reflect the sunlight and stop your clothing from absorbing too much heat. Also look out for premium materials such as recycled polyester as these dry very quickly and provide additional technology such as UV protection and anti-odour capabilities. This will mean your activewear is working with you to keep you comfortable under tough conditions.
Yoga Clothes For Women
Yoga is something that is often done in high temperatures anyway - hot yoga anyone? - and so yoga clothing is often designed to be comfortable and withstand lots of sweating when it matters. As such, yoga clothes can be the perfect choice in the summer when you need something comfortable for your workouts.
Loose flowing yoga top
If you don't need to be aerodynamic for your workout, a loose flowing yoga top will be perfect. The loose design will mean you have lots of freedom of movement and won't suffer from sweat-soaked fabric clinging to your body. It will also mean you can enjoy better air flow while you move and you are more likely to feel comfortable.
Sports bra crop top
Yoga is a very low impact activity and as such you won't need an industrial-strength sports bra to keep you in place. This can be a huge benefit if you want to wear a very loose-fitting top as you can layer under it a crop top-style sports bra. Choosing a sports bra in a crop top style gives you more coverage and will mean it looks stylish and attractive on its own so you don't have to wear anything over it.
2-in-1 yoga shorts are the perfect choice as the compression-style under-short will give you protection and coverage no matter how much you contort your body, while the looser over-short will add style and features a subtle zip pocket for your valuables.
One of the worst things about training in the summer is suffering from itchy and chafing sportswear. If this affects you, then seamless activewear is the answer. This style of sportswear is a design innovation and means that itchy, chafing seams are a thing of the past. It's fully breathable and made with 4-way stretch materials so you can move as much as you need without being held back. The super soft materials are kind to your skin and will allow you to have a great workout without worrying about your activewear.
If you're working out in the summer, one of the most important things to have with you is a water bottle. These days, single-use plastic bottles are very much being scrutinised and rightly so. At Sundried, we believe in ethics and sustainability, which is why we developed our best-selling reusable water bottle so that you can help tackle the global plastic pollution problem and end the waste of single-use plastic.
Choosing a reusable water bottle can be good for your health, too. Our water bottle is BPA free meaning your health won't be compromised by prolonged exposure to the chemicals used to make certain plastics. Not only this, it is shatter-proof and leak-proof so you can throw it into your gym bag or even drop it off your bike and it won't flinch. Stay hydrated the right way!