Under-$50 Workout Edit: The Best Affordable Gear and Clothes

I’ve never been a huge workout person—I would always go through little phases of loving to get a workout in, and then get out of the habit and go through long periods of not working out again. When I do work out, however, I love to go to fitness classes like yoga, pilates, and dance. But, since the beginning of social distancing, I obviously haven’t been able to go to classes at all. 

At the beginning of this self-isolation I felt very unmotivated to work out at home. Then the shame my Apple Watch was giving me about not “moving enough” started to get to me, and I decided I would try to do something to move my body each day. I figured that there is no better time than now to get back into the habit of working out (and to get to do it from the comfort of my own home!). I even signed up for Obé Fitness to participate in The Eveygirl’s 12-Day Challenge!

Plus, this gave me the excuse to buy some cute workout clothes and a few pieces of equipment, and I certainly online shopped ’til I dropped. I recently bought or already owned many of the items on this list, and I can highly recommend all the items I’ve included.

I scoured the internet for the cutest workout clothes and all of the in-stock workout gear that I could find—check out these items that you’ll want to order right now:

 

Activewear Sets

Source: Target

I’ll admit it: I might have a problem, and that’s my newfound love of buying activewear sets. They are my favorite thing to work out in, because you get to feel cute and put-together while working out and also not be constricted by so many layers. And if you, like me, aren’t comfortable enough to work out in only a sports bra at the gym, you can certainly be comfortable enough to do it in your own home!

Target

Premium Long Line Bra

3 colors available

Target

Seamless Rib Bra

I bought this set after a friend recommended it, and this is the one that started my love for them. After I bought this one and loved it, I bought the next two as well! 3 colors available.

Target

High Neck Brushed Jersey Bra

2 colors available

Target

Strappy Long Line Bra

6 colors available

Target

High-Rise Shirred 7/8 Leggings with Power Waist

I'm wearing these leggings as I type this. They are super comfortable and not see-through at all, which is a great win in my book for affordable leggings. 4 colors available.

 

Bottoms

Source: Old Navy

Is there such a thing as too many leggings and other comfy pants? I don’t think so. And while you may not be wearing pants at all during this time, these pairs are great for when you absolutely must. For some reason, leggings and joggers can be very expensive, so these are all awesome alternatives that won’t break the bank. 

Amazon

High Waist Power Flex Tummy Control Leggings

One of the pairs of famous Amazon leggings that everyone is obsessed with. They're under $30 (or under $50 for two pairs), and have over 5,000 five-star reviews. 28 colors/combos available.

Aerie

Play Real Me High Waisted 7/8 Leggings

A favorite of the internet—these are known to be similar to Lululemon Align leggings. I also own a pair of these and love the super soft material. 5 colors available.

Target

Mid-Rise Run Shorts

3 colors available

Aerie

Real Me Wrap Bike Short

If you don't have a pair of biker shorts yet, I highly recommend you add them to your wardrobe. These are made of the same super-soft material as the Real Me leggings, and are a great alternate if you wanna switch it up from leggings but don't want to wear running shorts. 4 colors available.

Amazon

High Waist Active Yoga Joggers

I bought these last week and have put them on an alarming amount since then. They are also reviewed to be similar to Align joggers, and they might be the most comfortable pants I have ever worn. BRB, I need to go order another pair. 3 colors available.

 

Tops

Source: Old Navy

As mentioned above, I’ve really been loving wearing a longline sports bra to work out, as opposed to a sports bra plus a top or tank—but sometimes you just need a top to throw on, so I’ve included a few of those as well. 

Old Navy

Tie-Back Scoop-Neck Top

6 colors available

Old Navy

V-Back Side-Vent Tank

6 colors available

Amazon

Strappy Longline Sports Bra

10 colors/patterns available

Amazon

Longline Yoga Workout Bra

5 colors available

Amazon

3-Pack High Neck Sports Bras

A three-pack of bras for $15?! Needless to say, I bought these too. The length and support makes them the perfect balance between bra and top. 2 color combos available.

 

Workout Equipment

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Because of the closure of gyms and the switch to at-home workouts, it has been hard to find workout equipment online that is in stock and available to ship in the near future. I truly scoured the depths of Amazon and Target in search of some items that you can buy, so get them while you still can!

Amazon

1/4-Inch Thick Yoga Mat 6-Piece Set

I managed to snag this a couple of weeks ago, and I'm so happy I did. It's under $50 for six pieces (but it's really eight, because it comes with a carrying strap and bag as well), which is truly an excellent deal, and the quality is great too!

Amazon

Resistance Bands and Exercise Sliders Fitness Set

How cute is this set?! It's also a very good deal for what you get, so it's the perfect way to level up your at-home workout game.

Simple Modern

Summit Water Bottle with Straw Lid

Our editors' favorite water bottle! Seriously, almost everyone in our office has it, and it's the only water bottle recommendation that I will give.