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Brighten your workout with colorful clothes, shoes

Roses are the classic Valentine's Day flower. And if the bloom has pretty much gone out of your workout routine, consider some new gear in a rosy color to revive your interest. From pink to salmon to deep red, here are some suggestions to help get your heart racing.

COVERUP COLOR: If you simply refuse to try any color other than black for your swimsuit, at least give it a new look with this Merona rayon-spandex coverup in a flattering shape that will survive being rolled up into your suitcase or beach bag. We also think it would be great over black leggings and a sports bra for yoga or Pilates. $17.99 at Target.

A SHARPER IMAGE: Men, time to hang up those nasty old T-shirts and sweats. A sharp outfit like this will have you looking good at the gym even before you've got your abs quite where you want them. Champion's Duo-Dry fabric promises to wick away moisture, while the ventilated panels do their part to keep you cool. Shirt, $12.99; shorts, $14.99 at Target.

TAKE A HIKE: Whether you're hiking in the Florida woods or just trying to look like you're ready to do so, these Swissgear walking shoes by Wenger (the same people who make the Swiss Army Knife) will get you there with a touch of style. Men's shoes, $39.99 at Target.

COOL RUNNING: This Nike Pacer women's running jacket in a great shade of salmon is just the thing for cool, windy days — and, with reflective elements, it will help you be seen at night, too. The knit-and-woven mix fabric keeps out wind and cold while wicking away sweat. It also has a media-player pocket to keep your tunes convenient. Matching Nike Tempo Track women's running shorts are a warm-weather favorite for their low-rise fit, Dri-Fit fabric, comfortable liner briefs and internal pocket for keys and cash. Jacket, $75; shorts, $28 at Sports Authority.

MULTITASKER: Throw a jacket on over this Champion fitness top, and you can go straight from Pilates or yoga class to lunch with friends. The built-in bra promises medium support, and the empire cut floats over a less-than-taut tummy. Plus, the no-seam construction makes for a comfortable fit as you move.

Pair it with these Champion moisture-wicking, semifitted capri pants with a wide waistband to move with you. Top, $35.99; pants, $29.99 at Sports Authority.

IN THE BAG: When your regular gym bag is too big, but you can't quite fit everything you need in your pockets, the solution might be this lightweight New Balance Gymsack with straps so you can wear it on your back. The larger compartment gives you space to stash an extra layer of clothing or energy bars, while a small zippered pocket gives you access to smaller items. $11.99 at Target.

FLEET FEET: There's nothing little-girly about the bold pink trim on these women's Nike Lunarglide+ running shoes. This lightweight (8.6 ounces for the size 7) daily distance trainer provides lots of cushioning and support, and was named "Best Debut" by Runner's World magazine. $100 at Sports Authority.

BALANCING ACT: Just about every athletic shoe company these days is offering its version of a rocker-sole shoe that promises to help walkers tone their muscles more than regular shoes. Skechers calls its entry Shape-ups, and they even come with an instructional DVD. Do they work? Opinions vary, but if they inspire you to walk more, we'd say that's a good thing. And in keeping with our theme, we like the fact that they come with an extra pair of fuchsia shoelaces. $100 at Sports Authority.

DRINK IT UP: Sure, it's pink and pretty and says LOVE on it, but this is a water bottle for a serious, eco-friendly workout. The flip straw lets you hydrate without stopping to fiddle with the cap, while the stainless steel keeps your water cool. No worries about whether you have the "safe'' kind of plastic in your water bottle. Nathan 700ml flip-straw bottle, $21.99 at Sports Authority.

Brighten your workout with colorful clothes, shoes 02/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 3:30am]
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