How To Get The Most Out Of Your Running Leggings

Everyone Has Different Goals For Their Running Look, And We’re Here To Help You Meet Them

January 12, 2021
5 min read

Getting that heart rate up is essential for maintaining peak physical and mental health. Some choose the gym, others take cardio dance classes, and then there are runners. Whether you’re a career marathon runner or are huffing and puffing along with the rest of us, there’s a lot to be proud of. Running takes discipline and stamina--it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. But once you get in the groove, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. 

With that said, we all have days where it’s hard to get moving. One surprising thing that could give you the motivation you need? Your outfit. Having a trusty pair of leggings to wear during your sweat session can make your run more convenient, make you feel powerful, and make it possible when the elements get in the way. 

No matter what’s on your mind when finding the perfect pair for your running routine, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for a few ideas to keep in mind when shopping around!

For Keeping Cool

On those hot summer days, a pair of leggings can either feel empowering or oppressive. Let’s make sure you make the right pick! Image courtesy of Who What Wear.

Summer is one of the more optimal times for running. The sun is out, the days are longer, and the vitamin D is plentiful--your endorphins are sure to get the push they need. Still, the hot weather comes with its own roadblocks. 

Running under the glow of the sun’s rays can make your running session as difficult as it is joyful. If you live in a warm climate or plan to start your running routine during a season where it’s hard to discern whether your sweat is evidence of a good workout or the weather, getting yourself out there, even on the most beautiful days, can be challenging.

An obvious solution to this dilemma would be to wear as little as possible--a sports bra, shorts, and sneaks. But not everyone feels comfortable baring it all. If you’re the kind of runner who feels most empowered while covering up, leggings are the perfect solution. 

For those hot-weather workouts, it’s vital to have an outfit that breathes and so that you can breathe too. Get yourself a lightweight pair with sweat-wicking technology, and watch your running game change.

To Up Your Functionality Game

See this picture? Image not having to carry your phone, or anything for that matter, while you run?  Sounds good to us! Image courtesy of Well and Good.

Keys, phone, wallet-- whether we’re going to class or for a run, these are what we make sure to have when leaving the house. They’re all necessary, but who wants to have their hands full while working up a sweat? Not us. 

One of the most widely agreed upon surrounding women’s clothing is a lack of storage that forces us to carry extra baggage to keep necessities. This is why we go crazy for jeans with pockets that fit our wallets and dresses that have pockets at all. 

Running tights have long been the ultimate running apparel, but now, they’re more functional than ever. Why? You guessed it--pockets. Lately, these have become the gold standard when it comes to workout gear. Instead of using those hands to carry your phone during your run, leggings with pockets allow you to use them to optimize your workout!

For Some Proper Insulation

Lots of people love a good winter run. Still, it’s important to make sure you protect yourself from the elements. Luckily, there are plenty of options for that. Image courtesy of NBC News.

There’s nothing quite like a run in the winter. The chill invigorates us. Rhythm is trackable by each visible exhale. And most of all, the cold serves as the ultimate motivation for getting those joints warm. And during the holidays, the sights we pass by are magical. 

All of this is lovely, but working out in the chilly weather doesn’t come without its downsides. Running in the winter can make us more susceptible to the onset of a nasty cold. Because of that, it’s essential to dress with the elements in mind. Of course, that doesn’t mean wearing a down jacket while you jog. There are workout clothes tailored specifically for those freezing temps. 

If you’re looking to stay warm during your wintry workout, you’ve got your fill of choices. Go for a pair of thermal, fleece, or heat tech leggings to ensure some cold weather movement that keeps you healthy in every sense of the word.

For A Healthy Dose Of Motivation

Sometimes the right outfit is just the thing we need to get us out of bed and on the road! Trust us, it’s worth the investment. Image courtesy of ClassPass.

Does the idea of going out for that run you’ve been meaning to go on make you want to pull the covers back over your head? You’re not alone. We know working out is good for us, but sometimes we’re just not feeling it. The thing about making movement part of our lifestyle is that it may require getting out there even when we feel like curling up and watching our favorite Netflix shows. 

A new pair of leggings can do just the trick. It’s well-known that how we dress affects our mindset, so investing in a brightly colored pair could serve as some much-needed motivation. 

And if you already happen to run on a regular basis, you might begin to feel like you live in your activewear. Does that sound familiar? Then don’t be afraid to experiment as much you would with your everyday look!

For Something Classic And Timeless

In both our work, social lives, you can never go wrong with a good basic. Why should our activewear be any different? Image courtesy of Fashionista.

If you only have room in your budget for a few pieces in your wardrobe, active or otherwise, good solids will get you far. The obvious--they go with everything. So if you’re just starting to dabble with making running a part of your life, a solid black legging is a great choice. You’ll not only save money by trying to match a louder pair with what you’ve already got, you’ll look effortless and put together. For an ultra classic look, match them with a black sports bra or light zip-up.

Find a good quality pair, and you’ll be grateful you did. A black legging is not only a great choice for your running look but can easily be translated into different contexts. Who doesn’t love that?

These are only a few examples of the ideal running legging, but each of them will improve your relationship to this mode of exercise. Whether you're looking for an economically sound option or want to treat yourself by way of activewear motivation, there are so many options out there. Like we said above, everyone has different goals when it comes to running. So when you shop for your go-to look, make sure you keep that in mind. You’ll thank yourself later.