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    36 Things You'll Want To Wear For A Cardio Or Running Workout

    Seamless leggings, breathable tanks, and more activewear you'll want to dress in for your next sweat session.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A TikTok-famous workout tank you'll want to wear all the time because it's so comfy and has removable pads. No digging, underwire, or hooks, just support for your chest when you need it.,

    Check out all the ways to wear this top on TikTok here.

    Promising review: "Honestly saw this on TikTok and contemplated getting it for a long time. I’m so glad I committed! It’s extremely comfortable. The padding is amazing so you don’t have to worry about a bra underneath at all. You can wear it with sweats or leggings to the gym or even dress it up for a night out. Considering more colors for sure!" —Kristyn Long

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in 23 colors).

    2. A convertible sports bra with straps you can wear crossed or uncrossed for your workouts. Whether you're kickboxing or jogging, you'll get amazing support and not have to think twice about your chest bouncing.


    Some reviewers suggest buying the next sister size up if you want a looser fit.

    Promising review: "The band on this bra runs tight, so use the next sister size up. I’m normally a 32DD, but the 34D fit just right! Love the convertible straps. I got it to wear playing Ring Fit Adventure, so I do a lot of bodyweight exercises and jogging, and the support is great." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $16.80 (available in sizes 34B–44DD and in four colors).

    3. A fleece thermal that'll keep you toasty and not drench you in sweat when it's cold outside. It's made with fabric that wicks away moisture and helps you stay warm, so you can crush your next jog, run, or bike ride.,

    Promising review: "I was running my first 10K and bought this top last minute. When they switched the forecast to be chilly (47 degrees Fahrenheit), I ran in it and it kept me warm, but even more important it was comfortable and didn't bother me at all. I am going to order another one in a different color for my other fall races. And what a good price!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes XS–3XL and in nine colors).

    4. High-rise leggings so you can power through your indoor cycling session without bunching or sagging. These babies will stay up on your waist and still feel comfortable, even if you're peddling really fast on a stationary bike.

    model in dark blue high-rise leggings and gray sports bra
    Girlfriend Collective

    One of our BuzzFeed editors swears by these in her Girlfriend workout leggings review because they're super comfortable and keep sweat at bay during cardio sessions.

    Promising review: "The compression was just enough to flatter my legs, and yet comfortable enough to complete a high-intensity workout. Definitely squat-proof with no showing of undies! The waist band was nice and high and did not slide down even with running or jumps." —Girlfriend Collective Customer

    Get them from Girlfriend Collective for $88 (available in sizes XXS–6XL, three lengths, and 16 colors).

    5. A high-impact sports bra that'll provide you with amazing support, thanks to crisscross straps that keep your boobs in place. Bouncing and shifting will be the least of your worries during HIIT and running sessions., Amazon

    Promising review: "I like to run a lot (specially long distances) and I do HIIT every day, so a high-impact sport bra is a necessity. I had the idea that in order to get a good sport bra that works for me, I needed to spend a lot of money and I was used to spend twice (or even more) for a bra that did half the job that this one does. It’s comfortable to wear (and easy to take off after working out) and as soon as you put it on you will feel that everything is in place and makes you feel good." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes S–5XL and in nine colors).

    6. Patterned shorts for all your indoor and outdoor cardio activities. With a high waistband, vibrant design, and body-hugging fit that's comfy as hell, you can't go wrong with these gorgeous bottoms.

    Model wears bright green, blue, and red-printed compression shorts while posing near a bright yellow wall
    Rochelle Porter Design/Etsy

    Rochelle Porter Design is a Black woman-owned business based in Atlanta. They're known for colorful activewear (leggings, sports bras, crop tops and more!) that'll brighten up any workout outfit.

    Promising review: "These shorts are perfect! Bright, bold, and super comfortable. I can't stop gushing about and recommending them to everyone." —Etsy Customer

    Get them from Rochelle Porter Design on Etsy for $45 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    7. High-rise capri leggings because they have a great length and pattern that'll basically go with any sports bra or top. While you're planking it out or doing CrossFit, you won't have to worry about bunching or sagging, thanks to a calf-friendly inseam and high-rise waist.

    Model wears black tie-dye printed crop leggings while completing a yoga pose

    Promising review: "I'm very pleasantly surprised with these leggings. So these leggings are definitely 'squat-proof' for workouts. Stays in place, there's no slipping at the waistband, and I love the high waist. I do mostly CrossFit workouts with some cardio and yoga mixed in and these seem great so far." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $36.80 (available in sizes XS–3X and in 13 colors).

    8. A wind- and waterproof rain jacket so you'll be prepared for impromptu showers on solo walks and runs. It comes with breathable fabric and a hood (water is not going to mess up your hair and workout today).,

    Promising review: "I have tested this raincoat in two hiking trips in the past four months and it has worked beautifully. It protects me from the wind (especially if I tighten the sleeves, zip up all the way, and put the hood on), and it stops the rain. I tested it in the rainy conditions while hiking in Peru (at the end of the wet season/beginning of the dry season), and I can report back that it perfectly protects the clothes from getting wet and keeps the warmth very well." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $43.11+ (available in sizes XS–5X and in 27 colors).

    9. A FP Movement V-neck onesie because dressing for in-between weather will be seamless: Just slip into this comfy number with ribbed detailing, crisscross straps, and fabric that won't restrict your movement.

    Free People

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical at first, but I decided to order it. So happy I did! It’s very easy to put on, it’s very comfortable, and it looks really good. I’m buying more colors!" —Free People Customer

    Get it from Free People for $88 (available in sizes XS–L and in six colors).

    10. A matching sports bra and leggings set that'll solve the problem of "I don't know what the heck to wear" when you're trying to squeeze in a cardio session. This coordinating set will make dressing for HIIT, Zumba, or kickboxing so dang easy.

    Promising review: "Wow this is my new favorite workout set!! It’s stretchy but is also form fitting and flattering! The material is great quality and the leggings stay in place when you run! I’m going to order in every color!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in sizes XS–L, two styles, and 12 colors).

    11. Athletic socks because you want to give your heels proper cushioning and not let sweat stink up your feet. Breathable fabric and a heel tab design will help you stay dry and avoid blisters whenever you exercise.

    Grey Saucony athletic socks with blue, green, red, and black toe and heel detail

    Promising review: "I've always appreciated the tabbed back that kept the sock from sliding down during running and leg day workouts. Not only do they work great for that, but I really like the thickness of these socks as well! I don't overheat in the summer wearing these, and I never felt like my feet were too cold in the winter." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $22.84+ (available in sizes 5–13 and in 31 color combinations).

    12. A cooling, no-wire sports bra so great for at-home workouts: It'll prevent your chest from getting too sweaty and allow for freedom of movement during interval training and cardio exercises.

    Model wears a grey LIVI Active Medium-Impact Cooling No-Wire Sport Bra while lifting weights
    Lane Bryant

    Promising review: "This is a seriously fantastic bra. I’m so impressed with the construction on this one. It gives wonderful support without an underwire. And it’s actually comfortable. This works better for me than any other bra in the store and I’m so glad I tried it on." —Lane Bryant Customer

    Get it from Cacique (a Lane Bryant brand) for $39 (available in sizes 34B–54H and in two colors).

    13. A sports bra/crop top because a) you'll save time getting dressed for the gym and b) you won't have to wear multiple layers. Removable pads and a body-hugging fit will keep your chest supported during your next sweat session.

    Model wears camo-print gray and black crop top with removable pads

    Promising review: "These are by far my favorite sports bras, and I am a sports bra junkie! I have a large bust size but a small band and these work so well for me. Secure enough to run in but also comfortable enough to wear for any workout or just under a top with an exposed back. There are no adjustments on the bra so getting it on and off can be a little tricky, especially after a good workout but it is so worth it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 35 colors).

    14. High-rise leggings that are popular on TikTok for a reason: They're moisture-wicking, made with a comfy ruched material, and they contour your butt. These stretchy babies will be a staple in your activewear wardrobe. 🍑,

    Promising review: "These are GREAT. I saw people getting them on TikTok and DAMN, they're better in real life somehow. They make my butt look so good and they're super comfortable. If you're thinking about getting a pair, DO IT!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $22.80 (available in sizes S–4XL and in 82 colors).

    15. A lightweight tank so you can ~breeze through~ boot camp or a jogging session without feeling too sweaty. It'll feel super cool on your skin and has a flowy fit.

    model in flowy, almost-sheer blue workout tank and leggings

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim and it's turned out to be my favorite workout tank. It doesn't stick to me at all, hangs beautifully, and allows me to move." —Athleta Customer

    Get it from Athleta for $13.97+ (available in sizes 1X–3X and in five colors).

    16. A racer-back sports bra with a tech pocket, because you like to listen to music or podcasts while you work up a sweat. Located in the back, this slim space will easily fit your smartphone and keep it secure while you're exercising at home.,

    Promising review: "I was nervous about the phone pocket but it didn't bother me at all running with it! I have a Google Pixel 2 and it fit fine. I appreciate the removable padding in the bra and it fit as expected. Love this bra!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in four colors).

    17. A pair of lightweight Under Armour shorts so you ~don't have to sweat it~ the next time you need to wear activewear for cardio workouts. Your butt and thighs will thank you for the breathability and comfort.


    Promising review: "I have purchased many pairs of athletic shorts over the years. By far, these are my favorite. First, they have pockets that are useful, but very concealed. The way they are made, the pockets lie complete flat against the body and are not the least bit visible. Second, the fabric is lightweight and not scratchy or crunchy like some shorts. Third, the waistband is comfortable and smooth on the inside." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $20.98+ (available in sizes XXS–2X and in 71 colors).

    18. A pair of leggings that won't actually feel like workout leggings thanks to their stretchy fabric and nonhugging fit. Skip the compression shorts and wear these comfy bottoms instead for your next cardio class.,

    Promising review: "I love these leggings! They've held up to every workout I've put them through (running, HIIT, hiking, strength workouts, etc). I've washed and dried them several times with no pilling and no shrinkage. The price is a steal for the quality of these leggings! I'll definitely be buying more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $36.98 (available in sizes XS–XXL, packs of two, and 35 colors).

    19. A twist-front crop top because you want to look cute and not be too sweaty during virtual boot camp classes. You will also *finally* have something to wear with your fave high-rise leggings and bike shorts.,

    I own this crop top and I love wearing it for running, HIIT, and dance classes. It doesn't roll up when I'm moving, it's super breathable, and it's not too tight on my chest.

    Promising review: "I love this shirt. I've been taking fitness more seriously the last few months and finally got around to replacing all of my old activewear. It's just loose enough that I don't have to adjust it while I'm working out and also provides nice cleavage coverage. It's extremely soft and has good-sized arm holes. The navy color is deep and beautiful." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 18 colors).

    20. A pair of squat-proof leggings with pretty silhouettes of women working out. They won't slide down mid-run, thanks to a hidden adjustable drawstring that helps minimize waist gap and a comfy high-rise design.

    model wears light blue leggings with colorful graphic prints of women doing yoga

    Lukafit is a Black woman-owned business known for their chic activewear. From squat-proof leggings to moisture-wicking sports bras, each piece combines style and functionality for your fitness routine.

    Promising review: "Aside from having a fun pattern that makes everyone look twice, these tights are incredibly comfortable. They demonstrate their quality by standing up to swipes and snags during trail runs, countless times in the washer/dryer, and of course, a good stretch." —Lukafit Customer

    Get them from Lukafit for $64 (available in women's sizes S–3XL and in two colors).

    21. A wire-free sports bra that'll keep back pain and bouncing at bay. Breathable fabric, a secure shape, *and* a comfy hook-and-eye closure? The workout gods have spoken.


    Promising review: "My search for a sports bra is finally over!! No longer do I have to stuff myself into three sports bras, crushing my bosom and my soul, to be able to get a good workout. My bust is fully supported in this bra, it's comfortable, easy to put on, and cute! I especially like the panel that prevents too much cleavage, which has always been a problem for me." —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $28.41+ (available in sizes 34C–50J and in 10 styles).

    22. A two-piece workout set so ~purrfect~ and breathable for indoor or outdoor exercise. Wear this matching bra and bike shorts whenever you go for a stroll or lift weights at the gym.,

    Promising review: "Probably not thick enough for squats, but great for lighter workouts and super cute! Loved where the waist hit and how far the top came down." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.88+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 16 colors).

    23. A lightweight jacket to layer over sports bras, crop tops, and athletic tanks. Made with moisture-wicking and four-way stretch fabric, this piece of outerwear will work be great for biking, running, and walking.

    model in light blue cropped front-zip jacket with matching ribbed crop top and leggings
    Mono B

    Mono B is a woman-led athleisure brand based in California. From super soft leggings to tie-dye cropped tanks, you'll find so many stylish pieces to wear for exercising, lounging, and everything in between.

    Get it from Mono B for $41 (available in sizes S–L and in four colors).

    24. A short-sleeve top with an open tie back and lightweight fabric that'll help you forget about annoying sweat. Wear any racerback bra underneath and you'll be good to go!

    Promising review: "Wow, these tops absolutely blew my mind. They’re light, breathable, yet provide coverage. The open-back detail is very cute and I love the knotted detailing as well. I can literally wear these with any workout outfit and feel totally comfortable in it. If you’ve been debating on getting this, don’t! Totally worth every penny!" —Kaitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in 10 colors).

    25. A pair of bike shorts (with pockets!) that'll feel like second skin thanks to their breathable and stretchy fabric. They're a great activewear option if you don't feel like wearing leggings for cardio exercise.,

    Promising review: "These shorts are perfect. I trained for and completed an Ironman in these shorts. I have four pairs of them. They are great at wicking sweat, they stay in place, fit with a compression that keeps them fitted yet not uncomfortable, and the side pocket is absolutely perfect to keep your phone, ID, or snacks handy. Nothing has slid out of the side pockets." —Shannon McDougall

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X, four lengths, and 41 colors).

    26. A ventilated tank top to wear for high-impact activities, so your bod won't be too sweaty. Mesh material in the back helps wick away perspiration, while a racerback-friendly shape works with multiple types of sports bras.,

    Promising review: "I bought the small and it fits perfectly. It’s long enough to wear with leggings, not too tight, and not see-through. The color is bright and vibrant. The mesh back is a nice touch for airflow during my more intense workouts and cute with sports bras. I’ll be buying this in more colors." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in 18 colors).

    27. A medium-support sports bra that's not padded and will stay secure, even if you're completing a lot of reps or jogging at a fast pace. A lightweight fabric helps keep sweat at bay and a racerback design comfortably keeps your boobs in place (for no! more! bouncing!).

    model in dark purple sports bra with Nike logo on the front

    Promising review: "I started working out recently and realized how little support I was receiving with other bras. I am a 40DD and they just flew out with every bra I had purchased. I ordered this bra in a 2XL and it fit perfectly. I can cycle for an hour and still be comfortable with no back pain." —Nike Customer

    Get it from Nike for $30 (available in women's sizes 1X–3X and in 13 colors).

    28. Running-friendly leggings with quick-drying fabric, an adjustable drawstring waist, and a back pocket for essentials. Slip into these slightly-cropped tights for your next treadmill session or outdoor jog to stay comfy and dry.

    model in dark red cropped high-rise running tights and a black workout tank top

    Promising review: "These are fantastic leggings — they stay up and snug for long distance runs but are not overly compressive! They have stayed up for CrossFit workouts and running. They have a drawstring to tighten to the perfect size if needed. I don't have to jump and shout to get them on. I have already bought another pair so I don't have to wait on the laundry to wear them again!" —Lululemon Customer

    Get them from Lululemon for $98 (available in sizes 0–20, three lengths and seven colors).

    29. A tie-back tank that literally ~has your back~ when it comes to sweaty, heart-pumping cardio workouts. It has a V-mesh design on the back (so long, perspiration) and super-soft fabric that won't cling to you whenever you're doing jumping jacks, squats, or high knees.,

    Promising review: "I work out five days a week and have for 20 years. I am pretty picky about my workout clothes. This is the best workout shirt I have found at a good price! I love the feel of the fabric and it is nice and thin, not too bulky! I like to tie it in the back but it can be left untied, too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 19 colors).

    30. A sustainably made high-neck and long-line sports bra because it doubles up as a comfy activewear top. Perfect for those sweaty workout sessions when you don't want any clothing sticking to you.

    Girlfriend Collective

    Fuller-chested reviewers love this sports bra, which is why we included it in "27 Sports Bras People With DD+ Boobs Actually Swear By." Those with DD+ boobs are encouraged to peruse!

    Promising review: "My first and definitely not last Girlfriend Collective purchase! Gorgeous color, great support, and compression. I also love that the bottom falls lower than a bra, but stays in place and doesn't ride up! Great for working out or even a casual look! Sides are cut a touch lower so some risk for spillage." –Madalen B.

    Get it from Girlfriend Collective for $52 (available in sizes XXS–6XL and in 10 colors).

    31. A track jacket so you won't be like "oh my gosh, I'm so cold" when you're running like the wind. It even has thumbholes that stay in place, so you won't have to awkwardly adjust your sleeves mid-workout.

    Model wears long-sleeve wine-colored zip-up track jacket with black leggings

    Promising review: "This feels great and keeps me warm on my runs in fall weather. I don't know how it will be once it starts getting colder, but it's perfect for layering. It has two small pockets inside that don't have zippers but are perfect for holding my keys, and my phone fits perfectly in either side pocket on the outside." —Miriam

    Get it from Amazon for $37.95+ (available in sizes S–3X and in eight colors).

    32. A crisscross sports bra that'll help keep your boobs dry while you're cycling and running. The pads are also removable, just in case you don't want extra cushioning.,

    Promising review: "I love the design of the backs of this sports bra. I did burpees, jump squats, and jumping jacks and everything stayed in place! I also appreciated not having to dislocate my shoulder trying to take the sports bra off. It came off easily without the normal struggle of high-support bras that are so tight, you sometimes have to ask for help. After my workout, I immediately bought two more in different colors." —Jessica A. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in nine colors).

    33. A tie-dye crop top for days when you don't only want to wear a sports bra. This beauty will add a pop of color to your exercise outfits and keep you odor-free, thanks to antimicrobial fabric.

    Model wears Day/Won pink, red, and purple tie-dye crop top with purple tie-dye leggings

    Day/Won was founded by model Candice Huffine and offers gorgeous, sustainably made workout clothes in sizes 0–32. From matching sets to supportive sports bras, you'll find great activewear for your exercise routine.

    Get it from Day/Won for $39 (available in sizes XS–5X).

    34. Seamless leggings that'll make you shout from the rooftops, because your underwear will *not* be peeping through. A cool vertical stitching pattern highlights your legs, an opaque material hides thong lines, and an elastic waist helps prevent sagging when you're squatting, deadlifting, or doing jumping jacks.,

    Promising review: "I am very pleasantly surprised by the quality of these leggings! The price is amazing compared to the usual $50–$100 price range of most leggings. They’re nice and high-wasted which I love and for once these leggings are long enough! They fit like a glove, are thick, and very comfortable. I will definitely be buying other colors! These are so cute they’ll most likely get paired with non workout outfits as well." —Bree Griffith

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99 (available in sizes S–L and in eight colors).

    35. A high-support sports bra you'll want to wear for running, soccer, and other activities where you'll be *on the move*. A body-hugging fit contours your chest and adjustable straps help prevent bouncing.

    Model wears a black Nike Alpha Women's High-Support Sports Bra

    Promising review: "So pleasantly surprised by how supportive and flattering this sports bra is. I run and do HIIT workouts and was looking for something that would limit bounce without looking and feeling like a corset or similar torture device. This works well." —Nike Customer

    Get it from Nike for $55 (available in sizes XS–XL and in seven colors).

    36. And a seamless tank top because you won't have to deal with uncomfortable straps or red marks whenever you exercise. Yes to actually lifting your arms up without feeling like you're wearing a corset!


    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this tank top. Hands-down the best workout tank I’ve ever worn. Love the ribbed compression material, the skinny straps, and supportive built in bra. This tank is the total package in my opinion and I would like to own it in every color!" —Ellie Patterson

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in sizes XXS–XL and in 15 colors).

    You working out in your new activewear on gym day:

    Broad City/Twitter

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