Lightweight, sweat-wicking activewear for working out in hot weather

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Make your workouts a breeze with lightweight kit that won’t weigh you down. 

When training in over 30C temperatures, staying safe is the top priority. That means avoiding training at the hottest times, keeping hydrated and, an often over-looked point, getting the right kit

We know you’ve already swapped your thick black leggings for some running shorts, but adding in lightweight fabrics and breezy cuts can also help to keep you cool, dry and performing. 

These pieces of kit do just that, meaning that you can focus on your strength and endurance rather than the fabric clinging to your skin or quite how hot you’re getting. 

  • Adidas M10 shorts

    Short-shorts are sure to keep you cool, but aren’t always comfy. Here’s the exception: a high-rise pair that repel moisture and won’t slip. 

    Adidas M10 shorts, £25

  • The Girlfriend Collective Paloma bra

    High support doesn’t mean tons of fabric: this Girlfriend Collective bra has a scoop neck to keep you cool while holding you in and the longline design also means you can double this up as a top to limit layers. All complete with a moisture repellent fabric made from 11 recycled water bottles.

    The Girlfriend Collective Paloma bra, £35

  • Nike Elastika tank top

    Featuring Nike’s famous Dri-Fit technology to wick sweat, this vest also keeps the breeze coming with lightweight and stretchy material. The cut out back also helps you keep cool while remaining covered. 

    Nike Training Elastika tank top, £32

  • Lululemon The Towel

    We all agree that lying on a sweaty bench or dripping on our yoga mat is no-one’s idea of fun, right? This microfibre towel is the answer. Super absorbent and slip resistant, you can use it to mop up after or keep you sturdy during your session. 

    Lululemon The Towel, £35

  • Sweaty Betty Power leggings

    Sweaty Betty’s ‘power’ fabric is made from quick dry fabrics that also promise super stretch and pass the squat test. We love that these also come in bright summer patterns, too.  

    Sweaty Betty Power leggings, £75

  • Vaara River Stretch jersey

    We love a multi-functional item, hence why we love this workout top that we’ll also be wearing to the pub. The antibacterial fabric means you won’t turn into a hot bed of germs during your runs and the lightweight material keeps things breezy. 

    Vaara River Stretch jersey, £75

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Chloe Gray

Chloe Gray is the senior writer for's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).