It’s true that regular exercise improves the mind, body and soul, but let’s be honest—that knowledge doesn’t make it easier to get up off the couch. We all know that person who leaps out of bed to lift weights and fits in a HIIT workout on the way to happy hour, but most of us … aren’t that person. The good news? It only takes a couple of weeks—and a little motivation—to form healthy new habits. The key is to make your fitness fun, and taking it outside is an easy way to achieve that. Remember recess? You can recapture that pure, childish joy of running around in circles—but now you can count those steps and call it a workout.
Exercising outside requires some seasonal wardrobe updates, but that part can be fun too. Over the past year, our collective craving for comfort led to an explosion of activewear, and we aren’t seeing any signs of a slowdown. That means it’s easier than ever to find on-trend options for your next sweat session, and a lot of those pieces can do double duty as casual, everyday favorites. Wondering where to start? We’re here to help. Just choose your outdoor adventure and we’ll get you all geared up.
For the Run
To reach the runner’s high, you have to get through the runner’s low—that first mile before you’re properly warmed up. This is the trickiest part to dress for, especially this time of year. It might be chilly when you start, but as your body temperature rises, it's easy to overheat. To keep things comfortable from the first mile to the last, go for lightweight layers in moisture-wicking fabrics. A jacket like this will be your best running buddy—thumbholes and a zipper let you regulate your temperature, and reflective details increase your visibility.
For the Bike Ride
From coasting down a beach boardwalk to pumping up a mountain trail, riding a bike can be as easy or challenging as you choose. And the range of available gear is just as wide. You can go head-to-toe spandex or keep it simple—it all comes down to your comfort level. High-tech tights and a long-sleeve tee are perfect for this time of year. A windbreaker adds lightweight warmth with a little retro flair, and cycling-specific shoes boost your peddling power.
For the Golf Course
Golf may not feel like a typical workout, but walking the course, carrying your bag and taking those swings can really add up. It’s also a good excuse to unleash your inner prepster, since most courses have a more traditional dress code. In general, a collared shirt will get you in. These golf pants are sleek and stylish, with a performance twill fabric that feels great on the green.
For the Tennis Court
Whether you’re playing outside or indoors, tennis is a total-body workout. It combines strength, agility and endurance—plus, there’s something really satisfying about smashing that ball. Given the sport’s speed and intensity, you’ll want to wear clothes that let you move freely, like a pleated tennis skirt. This collegiate classic has been dominating the fashion front for months, so it’ll find a place in your off-court closet too. A sporty sweater wins you some extra style points.
Ready to gear up and go outside? Let our stylists know which activities you love (or want to try) and we’ll take it from there.