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Start the New Year with fashionable fitness attire

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Chic fitness gear

You don't need to schlep to the gym in your oldest pair of sweats. With the right fitness attire, it really is possible to look good on the treadmill. That’s why we're rounding up some of the most stylish yet ultra-comfy workout gear to help you look great as you burn calories and build muscle.

Watch

Watch

Monitor your heart rate and stay in your target calorie-burn zone with this sleek pink and gray watch that’s not only functional but fashionable, too. The bright, bold watch has a digital display that links up to an included wireless ECG sensor belt to display average heart rate and calories burned during your workout. You know you’ve reached your target heart rate when the alarm goes off. (nordstrom.com, $95)

Fleece sweatpants

Fleece sweatpants

Not all sweatpants are created equal—and some are just plain awful. But we love this slouchy gray fleece pair with pockets and ribbed trim. Not only are they comfortable enough to work out in, they’re also flattering enough to wear to a post-gym juice bar meetup with your workout pals. Just throw on a fitted sweater, toss your gym bag over your shoulder and you’re ready to go. (gap.com, $40)

vibrant turquoise crew neck T-shirt

T-shirt

Sometimes you just need to wear something bright to perk up your day and your workout, and this vibrant turquoise crew-neck T-shirt does the trick. The stretchy fabric is lightweight and breathable, and it wicks away sweat for a more comfortable workout. Plus, it’s cute enough to wear with jeans when you’re not hitting the gym. (athleta.gap.com, $49)

stylish tank top

Tank top

Stay cool and dry as you run and get optimal support (while looking great) in this stylish tank top made from moisture-wicking, breathable fabric. Not only do we love the eye-catching pattern on the top, we also appreciate the wide straps, built-in bra and the loose-fitting body made with anti-odor mesh. (lululemon.com, $64)

Stella McCartney for Adidas bag

Bag

Gone are the days when you had no choice but to carry all your gear in a boring old duffle bag. Now you can pack everything in a bag that gets noticed, and we’re partial to this Stella McCartney for Adidas bag that’s stylish enough to take anywhere. The main compartment zips down for days you don’t need to pack much and expands for when you need the space. (adidas.com, $165)

Scoop back sweatshirt

Scoop-back sweatshirt

Just like sweatpants, sweatshirts can be notoriously unstylish. But there are a few that actually look good, like this one with sexy scoop back and relaxed fit that comes in black, pink and gray stripes or black and gray stripes. Wear it with shorts or leggings while you’re working out and with jeans and boots when you’re not. (victoriassecret.com, $60)

Sneakers

Don’t neglect your feet when it comes to fitness fashion. We’ll be lacing up a pair of these Puma sneakers the next time we want to sweat in style. The lightweight design, advanced arch support and greater shock absorption mean added comfort, and the cool colors mean we get to look good as we’re running, walking or playing sports. (puma.com, $65)

pink and purple Puma sneakers

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