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What to Wear to Energize Your Workout Habits

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I’m finding it very motivating to have exercise clothes that I actually look forward to wearing. One of my goals this year is to walk 45 minutes a day, four-five times a week, rain or shine. If the weather is nice, I’ll walk outside…but during our torrential rain storms, I’m heading for the gym.

ZELLA AMAZING COZY WRAP JACKET size S / RYKA DEVOTION X WALKING SHOE / ZELLA GETAWAY ANKLE PANTS size M

My feet are always challenging, so I ordered several pairs of sneakers to try on. One pair was too wide, one pair was hard to slip my foot into, and one pair didn’t have enough cushioning for my tired feet. In true Goldilocks fashion, I found these Ryka Devotion X Walking Shoes are the perfect combination and super comfy.

I wouldn’t have thought socks could make a difference in foot comfort, but I’ve found these arch-hugging BOMBAS ANKLE SOCKS seem to help with foot fatigue. They’re also very stretchy, which is a plus because I hate having my toes get scrunched when I slip my foot into shoes.

Ryka is the first brand to create athletic shoes specifically for a woman’s unique foot shape, muscle movement, and build. They also make a large selection of sporty casual, hiking, running, trail walking, and waterproof athletic footwear in different width options you can see here. I also spotted these highly-rated sporty shoes in M, W, and WW for casual outfits with a small hidden wedge for a tiny height boost.

I have these classic LOW TOP SNEAKERS on order for casual day wear. The phrase ” exceptional cushioning” sealed the deal for me, and the color is so pretty.

I bought this Zella cozy wrap jacket to keep me warm on my way to and from the gym and on dry days when I walk outside. I also love it when I’m hanging out at home on a damp day. It has a dramatic large color you can snug around your neck or wear open and drapey. This comes in three colors; I’m wearing the Ivory Dove Heather, which has flecks of very pale gray in it. Even though this is oversized, I don’t suggest you size it down, or you could lose the slouchiness it’s intended to have.

ZELLA RESTORE SOFT PULLOVER size M

This super soft top has thumbhole cuffs to keep your hands warm and is made from recycled fibers with spandex. I bought my usual size M, but I think I could have worn the L too, because I like my tops loose when I get overheated. I also like that it has a high neck so I can bend over to stretch and not feel like I’ll be exposed.

ZELLA PULLOVER size M / ZELLA GETAWAY ANKLE PANTS size S / BOOMBAS ANKLE SOCKS / RYKA SNEAKERS

I love the fit and feel of these Zella ankle pants. They have pockets which I love in ALL garments; they’re a stretchy woven fabric (from recycled fibers) and have slim legs. I also have these wider legs cropped ones which are cute and airy in warm weather. Form-fitting leggings are great for yoga, but for walking or going to the gym, this is my preferred shape.

ZELLA LONGLINE WATER RESISTANT JACKET size M / VUORI PERFORMANCE JOGGER PANTS size M / BEYOND YOGA FEATHERWEIGHT T-SHIRT size M / RYKA WALKING SHOE / BOMBAS ANKLE SOCKS / HYDRO FLASK

Many of you readers suggested I give joggers a try, so I ordered these Vuori Performance Joggers, and I love them. A benefit I hadn’t considered with the jogger style is the length. The Vuori fabric is so amazingly soft and lightweight that I could live in it all day!

My husband got me this larger version of the Hydroflask, which I keep in my car, full of clean water, in case I forget my smaller version. Drinking more water is also on my goal list for 2023.

I also bought this lightweight, water-resistant, quilted jacket made with 100% recycled polyester. It comes in 4 colors; this is navy. I love that Nordstrom carries so many garments made from sustainably sourced materials! This is machine washable, with side zips for ease of movement.

Nordstrom is one of my favorite places to shop because their selection is amazing, and its customer service can’t be beaten. They offer free shipping and returns every day, along with curbside pickup and free basic alterations. I highly recommend joining their Nordy Club, free to join here, which allows you to earn points towards Nordstrom notes you can spend on future purchases. I like to save my notes until I have enough to treat myself to something special. Something I wouldn’t ordinarily buy for myself, so it almost feels like a gift!

How are you upping your wellness game in 2023? Please share in the comments.

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