Good­bye leg­gings, hello in­ner bal­le­rina

Life & Style Weekend - - FASHION AND FITNESS - With Sarah Barnes

WE ARE say­ing good­bye to the chis­elled abs and mus­cle-build­ing trends of last year. This is the year of mind­ful ex­er­cise, a life­style move that em­bod­ies well­ness and the har­mo­nious train­ing of brain and body. So now is the time to up­grade your old sports leg­gings and baggy t-shirt to em­brace the new fit­ter and health­ier you.

Yoga holds a lot of stigma and is some­times as­so­ci­ated with those purely holis­tic types who sit on top of moun­tains and stretch while deeply in­hal­ing in­cense. How­ever, this year yoga has ex­panded into float­ing yoga, hot-pod yoga and hip-hop yoga – riv­et­ing forms of ex­er­cise for all.

This type of stretch­ing means a need for ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing. So ex­er­cise your in­ner bal­le­rina, as com­fort and el­e­gance come in the form of leo­tards and uni­tards. Grace­ful off the shoul­der sweat­shirts and sec­ond-skin tank tops have been branded as “ath­leisure”. This cloth­ing lets you stretch your wor­ries away and build a core to be proud of.

HEAT or high-en­ergy ath­letic train­ing is the new kid on the block and re­quires men­tal tough­ness. Made up of high-per­for­mance ex­er­cise to help with re­sis­tance and stamina, the three lev­els in­clude con­di­tion­ing abil­ity, strength­en­ing and power.

This can be matched with vir­tual box­ing. Com­pris­ing chore­ographed se­quences to do at home, this new dig­i­tally con­ducted sport helps burn calo­ries and build co-or­di­na­tion and will be a knock­out trend this year. When you step into the ring, or in­deed your liv­ing room, fo­cus on fab­ric with breath­able qual­i­ties.

THE WORD YOGA MEANS TO YOKE OR JOIN TO­GETHER

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTE­D

Sarah Barnes takes a yoga les­son in the Tower Bridge, in London.

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