When it comes to working out, there are countless options for staying fit -- different Web series, running and bike paths, classes, cycling, gyms, yoga studios, the list goes on and on. Naturally, there are as many options for workout gear, too! Just as there are different price tiers with actual fitness options, you can find the perfect gear price tier to fit your budget.
Ethical fashion is becoming a much bigger consideration for consumers, but if you are looking to spend the least amount of money, stores like Forever 21 and H&M have incredibly low price points for workout basics. Unfortunately, their labor requirements (along with many other major brands) aren't the most morally fit, but they are very cheap. We're talking sports bras for less than $5.
The next price range contains higher quality options that also maintain strict equal labor laws, give back to various causes and organizations with each purchase, and enforce sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. You can find some of these brands at stores like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx -- as long as you're up for a challenge of digging through to find your treasure. Usually prices cuts range anywhere from 10 percent to 60 percent off the original price. Some of brands to look for are:
--Under Armour Green
With certain discounts, you can find athletic socks starting at $5.99, sports bras around $10-$12, men's workout shorts for $10 to $30 and running jackets for less than $50.
If you've become more of a Yogi these days, then in the next price range you can find some beautifully printed, super comfy and form-flattering yoga pants that are also made out of recycled materials. Teeki takes recycled water bottles and turns them into some super cute and stylish wear that basically practices what the core of Yoga preaches. And they've recently started developing a lifestyle section for a flawless work-to-workout transition. Pants range from about $60 to $80, and tops start at about $30.
Avoid the discount stores and head right to the motherland of the brands in the Medium Low section. This is a bit pricier, but allows greater choices in cut, color and other fashion-conscious concerns. Sometimes splurging on the latest gear is the motivation you need to get to the gym in the first place. And if you're like most people, you'll rock the same workout threads for years to come, so, really, costlier threads are a good investment. Also check out Alternative Apparel for some expensive yet cozy sweatshirts (up to $110) that you'll want to throw on for those chillier months when you're trying to warm up post-workout.
And of course, check out the some of the latest iPhone or Android accessories so that you can blast that "Eye of the Tiger" while you're running up those last few stairs, Rocky-style!