10 Most Stylish Gym Bags That’ll Motivate You to Actually, You Know, Go to the Gym

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I follow lots of very pretty people on Instagram. Which means that at any point during my day, I might scroll past a short clip of, say, Victoria’s Secret Angel/ridiculous physical specimen Romee Strijd doing leg lifts, as I did yesterday morning. While I watched this — over and over again, promising myself that I would never skip a gym day again, which I did that very night — I convinced myself that only part of the allure was her actual insanely amazing baby-giraffe body. The other part had to be her matchy outfit. You see, I firmly believe that great-looking workout gear can go a long way in making you feel better about yourself and more motivated to work out. (Hey, science agrees!)

So why not start here? A stylish gym bag is a great first purchase. My tip: Pack it the night before, bring it to work and leave it in a visible place. That way, you’ll be much more motivated to actually go on that post-work run. And if you don’t? Hey, there’s always tomorrow, and most of the options above also double as great overnight bags.  Click here for shopping info!

Market Report: The 10 Workout Accessories You Need Right Now

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Will run for workout gear. | Shutterstock.

  • Looking stylish at the gym is something of an art form. Here are 10 super-chic workout accessories that will take your look from gym rat to Pilates hottie. (Warning: There’s a duffel bag in there that will make you want to actually drop $295). [The Zoe Report]
  • Right on the heels of MAC honoring late singer Selena in a makeup collection, Brazilian  company Chilli Beans launches an Amy Winehouse-inspired line of sunglasses and watches. The limited-edition collection launches today and, yes, there’s a great pair of cat-eyes in the bunch. [People]
  • The latest company to combat gender stereotypes is Target, which recently announced that it will no longer separate bedding into boys’ and girls’ sections. [Washington Post]

Next: How one girl eliminated 100 items from her closet.

The Checkup: The Secret Ingredient in This Low-Calorie Cookie Dough Fudge Will Blow Your Mind

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• The secret ingredient to make low-calorie cookie dough fudge you won’t feel bad about eating? Lentils. Seriously. This vegan and gluten-free cookie dough fudge is made with lentils, which ups the protein count to nearly 6 grams per serving, and it’s sweetened with dates. So really, you won’t feel bad about eating it — at all. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Stop Everything: Philadelphia Runner Is Having a Flash Sidewalk Sale

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If you’re on the hunt for a new pair of running kicks — or running anything, really — stop what you’re doing and dash over to Philadelphia Runner’s University City store (3621 Walnut Street) now. They’re having a flash sidewalk sale with tons of shoes and apparel, all for 50 percent off. Yep, everything is half-price. What the whaaaat?

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5 Surprising Places to Find Ultra-Stylish Workout Clothes

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Let’s work out. | Photos via Without Walls.

Confession: I spent the bulk of the winter running on a treadmill in a paper-thin drapey gray tee. In November, it was showing signs of wear (holes in the arms, a few by the bottom hem, a crazily stretched out neckline). By January, the holes peppered the entire back. By March, it was barely a shirt. But still I wore it because, truth be told, it made me feel tough, like the Incredible Hulk, splitting seams and wearing out fabric by sheer force of will and the power of blazing-fast 11:30-minute miles.

But now I’ve taken my runs outdoors, and my threadbare tee just won’t cut it out in public, where it feels like everyone is watching (or recording a video!) even if they aren’t. And given my penchant for offbeat dressing, I tend to feel uncomfortable in workout wear, most of which is tight (ick), basic (ick x500) and otherwise forgettable. While I don’t want to run across town in sequins, I do want to feel good — strong and stylish. And with race season in full swing (Broad Street is this Sunday; there are even more great runs and outdoor fitness events happening in May—see them here), there’s never been a better time to up your workout gear game.  Read more »

Exciting News: Temporary Location for Lululemon Walnut Street Announced

Photo via Lululemon/Facebook

Photo via Lululemon/Facebook

If you’ve been dying to spend the Lululemon gift card you got for Christmas, looks like you’ll be able to do it in-store sometime soon. Lululemon announced on Facebook that they’ll be temporarily relocating the Walnut Street store to 1422 Walnut Street, where Kenneth Cole (which closed at the end of January) used to be. The temporary location is just a hop, skip and a throw from their 1527 Walnut Street location, which has been closed for the past few weeks after the store’s roof unexpectedly collapsed.

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No Undies Necessary: New Yoga Pants Made for Going Commando

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Photo via Dear Kate

Ladies, we’ve all been there. You’re sweating it out in the middle of a yoga class, run or bike ride, and it’s going great, except for the fact that you have to stop every five seconds to readjust your pants. You know what I’m talking about—tugging them back into place when they ride up or fall down, or worse, trying to pick your thong wedgie in public. It’s embarrassing, annoying and it’s detracting from your workout.

But there’s a solution on the horizon. Well + Good NYC just gave word of a new line of yoga pants designed to be worn with no underwear—and tested them out, too. Dear Kate, a startup that makes women’s underwear, is expanding to make a line of pants and shorts designed to let you go without, no adjustments necessary. Read more »

Coming Next Month: Urban Outfitters Fitness Brand

Shoppist’s sister site Be Well Philly spilled the details on Without Walls, the new Urban Outfitters outdoors and fitness brand slated to launch March 1st. The promo video is enticing (it almost makes me want to go camping) and the gear looks cool—bright patterned tights, colorful sports bras, colorblocked windbreakers, one questionable bodysuit. Surely it will be a more affordable option than Lululemon, which I’ve come to think of as the John Galliano of workout wear: pretty to look at, uber-expensive, and always embroiled in some sort of controversy.

But there’s a hitch.