If you’ve decided to tone up for the coming party season and you’re hitting the gym for the first time in ages, then it’s time to sort out some new active wear.

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This is especially true if your options are limited to your old hockey skirt or sky blue polyester shorts and an Aertex polo shirt.

There’s a bewildering range of choice of sportswear for all shapes and sizes and at all price points, so there’s no need for an old oversized t-shirt and unflattering leggings. Find something that makes you feel good before and after your work out. Specialist brands tend to have the newest fabric technology, but M&S have a reliable and forgiving selection, and supermarkets have good budget lines.

One of the most difficult things to find is a sports bra that fits, flatters and functions well, so shop around and get properly fitted. If you’re tall, then avoid bodysuits and cheap leggings as they will not provide a comfortable fit. Look for longer length t-shirts provide coverage even in the most ambitious yoga poses and trousers with a soft, or roll over waistband for a forgiving fit.

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