Science says there’s a reason to splurge on a cool pair of printed leggings or a stylish tank top: It can actually help motivate you to work out. For real!
It’s called “enclothed cognition,” which is a fancy way of explaining the mental shift you experience when you wear certain clothing. One study suggests clothing can influence your behavior and attitude because it carries symbolic meaning (think: an actress putting on a costume to get into character).
If what you wear can subconsciously change the way you act, simply slipping on gym clothes can give you that extra push to bust out a quick work out.
So gear up for the New Year with these 13 items—they’ll give you that mental boost you need to break a sweat in 2017.
Regular trips to the gym mean you need enough tank tops in your arsenal to get by between laundry days. Stock up with an affordable yet still high-performance option, like this sweat-wicking top.
Available at target.com, $18.99.
Available at nike.com, $45.
Available at oldnavy.com, $18-$32.
Available at brooksrunning.com, $65.
The whisper-thin jacket is a multitasking top layer: Wear it alone on a windy day or layer it over a fleece for warmth and protection from the elements. It rolls up to the size of a fist, so it’s the perfect piece to toss in your bag when traveling.
Available at eddiebauer.com, $50.
Available at sweatybetty.com, $52.
Available at reebok.com, $50.
Available at montiel.com, $48.
This special collaboration combines the performance of New Balance gear with the style of J.Crew. Small details such as reflective trim and ruching on the sleeves mean this is not your average raglan.
Available at newbalance.com, $44.99.
Available January 1 at target.com, $24.99.
Available at athleta.com, $12.