Top Drawer: Let Your Style Motivate Your Workout

Fears_Melissa Buying fun workout gear may just be enough to make you not hit the snooze button in the morning and stick to your workout routine.

Researchers have found a psychological phenomenon called “enclothed cognition,” which suggests the clothing a person wears can trigger mental changes that positively affect their performance.

Last year researchers at Northwestern University found when participants donned a lab coat, they performed attention-related tasks better than when they wore regular street clothes. One of those researchers spoke with The Atlantic, saying workout clothes could have a similar effect on your workout motivation.

“It’s all about the symbolic meaning that you associate with a particular item of clothing. I think it would make sense that when you wear athletic clothing, you become more active and more likely to go to the gym and work out,” researcher Hajo Adam said.

Here are a few of my picks for snazzy workout options that might just be enough to get you revved up to hit the gym. After all there may be some cute guys there so you might as well look good while you are getting your sweat on!

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The Beyond Yoga Supplex Legging is perfect for covering any flaws while giving you the shape you want to show off. Plus one of the color options is hot pink!

For warmer classes and workouts inside, these adorable shorts by Hurley with Nike Dri-Fit fabric are perfect.

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Everyone needs a good lightweight jacket to head into class with and Champion Balance makes some great ones. This teal color is perfect for a gloomy day to cheer you up and get you ready to work out.

Spanx Contour offers great color options in Impulse Purple, Ignite Red and Black.

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Under Armour tops are great for high-intensity workouts with their lighweight HeatGear fabric and anti-odor technology. They also offers tons of awesome color choices!

New Balance’s Tonic Top has three adorable options perfect for those like me who love working out in tanks no matter the temperature.

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The Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra is great for high impact running or sports. It also offers a wide variety of color choices.

Take a walk on the wild side with this fun printed bra by Hurley Beach Active.

Melissa is a twenty-something full-time freelance writer with a penchant for traveling and design. Lace and bold colors always catch her eye in fashion. Plus she always loves a good deal!

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