Best Workout Clothes: Shorts & Pants

Thursday, January 29, 2009

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Hardtail Rolldown Long Short
Hard Tail Rolldown Long Short

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The New Year has started out great, but I’m having some leftover holiday blues. Not only do I still get flashbacks of my ex, but my dates are getting worse. Not that I’m a serial dater, but I feel like the men I’m meeting are dumb and dumber. To continue my positive attitude and Zen peace of mind, I have incorporated more working out into my schedule in order to keep my head clear and positive.

Although I practice karate 3 to 4 times a week and I walk my dog everyday, I changed up my routine by hiking on a strenuous trail by the ocean in the mornings and doing more stretching and mediation before my day starts. These two slight changes have really helped me avoid the emotional phone conversations with my friends.

Hard Tail Dragon Rolldown Pant
Hard Tail Dragon Rolldown Pant

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I have a long ways to go to reach complete inner peace, but I feel like I’m on the right track-- just trying not to slip and fall and keep it consistent. I know having 16 years of Karate experience is amazing and admirable, but from a fashion perspective it’s boring. I practice in my uniform (heavy weight, thick and shapeless) so I don’t get to show off my fun spunky style-- except in my karate techniques! So I’m happy to look better, work out harder and wear some cute stuff to help me feel beautiful and pumped up on my walks and at the local gym. With all that said, there are definitely a few different workout-appropriate bottoms I like wearing, depending on the weather and what work out I do.

These first bottoms are the Rolldown Long Shorts by Hard Tail. I love the cute sexy style Hard Tail incorporates in their clothing, but I typically like Hard Tail for lighter exercising. So, it is perfect for walking on a warm day, a light jog, or stretching. These Hard Tail shorts are easy to wash and can also simply be worn to prance around in and look cute. The best part is you can get a great base tan on your legs while exercising outdoors-- just don’t forget the sunscreen.

These Hard Tail Dragon Rolldown Pants are very comfortable and hot! The dragon on the bottom of the pants gives them an edgy fun-loving aura. These pants remain simple despite the dragon. Being black and white makes them less overwhelming. I like wearing these pants when I’m doing some gym exercises, a yoga class, abs, and walking with my dog. These yoga pants also come in handy when I want to go grocery shopping or run errands after some light exercising because their cute and wearable everywhere. These pants are hip and laid back-- a perfect way to start or end the day.

Champion Double Dry Women's Hot Shorts
Champion Double Dry Hot Shorts

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Next up, I have Champion Double Dry Yoga Leggings. These would be great pants to run in and break a sweat in because of the quick moisture absorption they have. I also wear these when kicking and punching my punching bag. These are also great to wear during kickboxing and gym cycling classes. It’s a great feeling to feel the burn during a workout, but it’s even better when you’re dry. These are fitted tapered pants, but they do allow the freedom to move and allow you to be flexible. The special fabric finish also helps block harmful UV rays, which should always be a health concern-- glad they got that covered!

My last easy, wearable workout bottoms are Champion Double Dry Hot Shorts. These shorts are sturdier than the Hard Tail ones and can also withstand assertive strenuous exercising. These particular shorts have a wrap waist band as well, but with added color. Being flattering to one’s figure and soaking up the sweat before you feel it-- for $8.99 I’m sold!

I know there is more to sports and active wear than just bottoms, so stay tuned next week for sports bras and shoe recommendations. Till then, I’ll be working on my bod and my brain!
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.