After saying goodbye to the last of the summer-holiday wine – and lie-ins – now is the time we start looking to settle back into our fitness regimes or to make good on our health-focused goals. 

Getting back into the swing of things isn’t easy, especially when normal work/life balance is once again out the window (welcome back, WFH). Here’s my pick of pieces to help inspire some action and to make your get-back-in-shape routine anything but.

Nike court fleece tennis shorts, $85 
If you found the Australian Open (and its surrounding drama) as riveting as we did, you’ve no doubt already been putting in some hours on the court this summer. The crisp, vintage-inspired styling of these tennis shorts means they look equally as swish post-match as in-play. Shop

Malbon Golf cashmere polo shirt, $277 from Mr Porter 
It won’t improve your swing, but this luxe and ultrasoft cashmere polo will keep you comfortable and stylish while you get some practice in. It’s light and breathable enough for the current hot weather, but also perfect for layering when we head into cooler months. Shop

HH Arc patch-pocket technical top, $292 from MatchesFashion
Whether you’re on the water or on the trails, a lightweight and durable shell top is a must for late-summer outdoor adventures. We love the stylish (and handy) exposed pocket on this one – inspired by manufacturer Helly Hansen’s archives. Shop 

Commes des Garçons Shirt sweat shorts, $250 from Zambesi
Shorts season is still with us for a while yet, and one benefit of working from home is getting to slip into more soft and roomy versions like these (we’ll take what little wins we can). Perfect for post-workout relaxation or after-dinner walks. Shop


Patagonia Black Hole 40-litre duffel bag, $209.99 
Having your gym gear packed and ready to go means one less excuse when the alarm goes off. This duffel bag is the perfect size for the gym and has a tough polyurethane-coated lining to protect it from scratches, sweat and spills. Shop

Allbirds Men’s Tree Dashers running shoes, $185
One of the most exciting pieces of local(ish) business news to come out of 2021 was Kiwi-founded footwear company Allbirds debuting on the Nasdaq at a valuation of $5.7 billion. These low-profile runners – lightweight, breathable and comfy through the toughest routes – are a prime example of why the brand is now a big player in the sports-tech market. Shop

Space Available water bottle and recycled plastic holder, $202 from Mr Porter
Having a durable and stylish water bottle close at hand makes it that much easier to get in those litres you need to stay hydrated. This sleek steel-and-bamboo number will look great on any desk, while the additional go-anywhere holder – made from upcycled packing strips – puts some fun into functionality. Shop

The North Face x Gucci T-shirt, $965 
Does a collaboration between Gucci and The North Face seem a bit unorthodox? Yes. Does it somehow just work? Also yes. While this collection (the second chapter from the outdoor titan and the eccentric Italian fashion house) does have some out-there moments, this classic tee strikes the right balance between high function and high fashion. Shop


Bather Bouquet swim shorts, $149 from Workshop
If you’re lucky enough to live near the water, then finishing the day with a post-work swim, stand-up paddle or surf is truly one of the great pleasures of this time of year. Take to the sea (or pool) in style with these quick-dry shorts by Canadian label Bather. Shop


Beats Fit Pro true wireless earbuds, $339.95 
The right music makes any workout more bearable. These earbuds have been athlete-tested for fit, comfort and powerful sound in any activity. Drown out the world (and the grunting in the gym) and get into your zone. Shop

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