8 Ways to Add Some Flower Power to Your Next Workout

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Why simply stop and smell the roses, when you can wear them? Gone are the days when getting ready for the gym or a walk around the park meant hiding your personality under boring, solid-colored clothing. Today's athleisure trends speak in flowery tones—loud ones. From red roses and pink peonies to delightful daisies and bright wildflower bouquets, you can't escape the movement toward adorning your body in head-to-toe flower power

If you're ready to rediscover your inner flower child or are just looking to make a smaller statement with that one perfect floral piece, then you'll find these fresh, fun, functional and flowery pieces are a cinch to mix-and-match with workout clothes you already own. Plus, they are great for any activity, from tiptoeing through the tulips to running through the ranunculus.  
1. Tank Top (CALIA by Carrie Underwood, Dick's Sporting Goods, $45)

Photo courtesy of CALIA by Carrie Underwood.

Stay breezy, cool and smelling like a rose with this colorful, flowy tank top featuring BODYBREEZE wicking fabric and BODYFREE antimicrobial technology. Loose fitting, comfortable and fashionable with a subtle flower pattern, one reviewer likened wearing this tank to "walking in a garden of serenity."

2. Yoga Pants (Flexi Lexi, $79)

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You don't need to be able to do a handstand to wear these adorable flower-pattern-meets-stripes leggings. Four-way stretch means you can touch your toes or sun salutation in comfort, and, let's face it, just looking at these leggings will put a smile on your face.
3. Running Shoes  (Adidas, starting at $88.90)

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It will be hard to find a reason to stay home and blow off the gym once you slip on these sneaks. Every step of your run or turn of your bike pedal will feel turbocharged by the bright colors and floral pattern adorning  these Adidas shoes. They're sure to match (or tastefully complement) any workout attire you choose to pair with them, too.

4. Plus-Size Tankini (24th & Ocean, $62)

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Be cute, covered and comfortable in this pretty watercolor floral print tankini with a trendy keyhole cutout. With adjustable straps and an underwire bra, this bright top fits a variety of bust sizes and its nylon and elastane fabric means the suit will move with you through every water aerobics class or surf lesson. 
5. Running Shorts (Asics, $12.99)

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You don't have to be in the tropics to channel your inner beach girl. Slip on these hot pink floral Abby shorts by Asics, slather on some sun block and hit the trail, the track or the sand volleyball courts for some outdoor fun in the sun.
6. Sunglasses (grinderPUNCH, $9.99)

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Put down the old tortoise-shell-framed standbys and pick up a fun new pair of shades. Protect your eyes while making a statement as you walk the beach or to the farmers market with these stylish, floral-patterned sunglasses in blue, red, pink or yellow. 
7. Sports Bra (Old Navy, $26.94) 
Layer on a little flower power, starting with the innermost layer, with a pretty pink and black floral sports bra from Old Navy. Affordable, wicking and available in a wide range of sizes, you'll delight in knowing you can sport sunny, bright patterns under all your favorite workout tops.  

8. Headbands (JustBreatheAcc, $13.50 for a set of three)

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Go ahead and let 'em see you sweat. Made of nylon lycra, these fun, no-slip floral headbands are super absorbent, breathable and won't fray. Plus, they leave your hair free of "sweatband dent" and come in a pack of three so you can easily wear one for every workout. 
Do you have a favorite piece of floral workout attire that you love? Share it in the comments.

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