My alarm starts ringing at 6:30 a.m., and I roll out of bed, slide into my leggings, tie my sneakers, and I'm out the door. Working out six days a week isn't for everyone, I know. But for me, squeezing in some form of exercise, whether it be a spin class, yoga, or even a walk around my neighborhood helps me find balance in my busy, often desk-bound life. And since I'm constantly testing exercise classes to find my favorite, let's just say I've tested my fair share of workout gear.
Most importantly, with so many sweaty hours under my belt, I've been able to slowly but surely hone in on the best leggings for different activities (some more athleisure than athletic), and now I'm here to let you in on all my secrets. Below, I'm breaking down seven ways I might wear leggings on any given week and telling you why I chose seven specific styles that stand out. That way, whether shopping or spinning is your cardio, you'll have the right gear.
Read on for the leggings I swear by!
I tend to like to start the week with something high intensity like a boxing or HIIT class. My leggings of choice: a simple high-waisted pair from Old Navy. If the $30 price tag wasn't enough of a selling point, they're comfortable and hug to my body, even when I'm doing burpees.
Admittedly, I'm not much of a dancer, I can't claim any formal training, but I love to try core-strengthening classes like barre and Pilates that often have a ballet bent. These Alo leggings are perfect for these low-impact classes because they keep my legs warm while I take things slow.
One of my favorite workouts is running outdoors in NYC, but when it comes to running, having the right gear is important. These Nike leggings are breathable, have compression, and they have a zippable pocket to store my keys.
Later in the week, I am usually looking for a more low-key form of exercise, which is when I head to yoga. Live the Process makes super-high-waisted leggings that have just the right amount of give.
Getting to the end of the week, I'll usually hit the gym for a jog or a bit of cardio all over again, but once I've wrapped up my work, I head home and finally have the time to pick up groceries, do a little cleaning, etc., before I meet up with friends in the evening. Leggings from Outdoor Voices are the perfect hybrid of practical and chic. No matter who I run into while I'm out and about, I know I'll look good.
Living in NYC, it can be tricky to get out of town, but nothing makes me happier than heading for the hills and taking a hike. When the time comes, I go for leggings made of technical moisture-wicking fabrics, but a more relaxed workout also means I can be more daring with my look.